Anibal Sanchez defeats Marlins in arbitration hearing

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After arguing their respective cases Friday, right-hander Anibal Sanchez has defeated the Marlins in an arbitration hearing and was awarded $8 million for 2012.

Miami submitted a $6.9 million figure, but the arbitrator sided with Sanchez after he threw 196 innings with a 3.72 ERA and 202/64 K/BB ratio last season while earning $3.7 million.

This was Sanchez’s third and final season of arbitration eligibility, so he’ll be a free agent next offseason and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have no plans to pursue a long-term contract extension with the 27-year-old.

Their record in arbitration hearings is now 3-5 since 2003, whereas several teams have gone through just one or two hearings during that same time–and a follow-up performance similar to his 2011 season would put Sanchez in line for a huge payday as a 28-year-old free agent.