The Marlins and Emilio Bonifacio went to an arbitration hearing today

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It was announced yesterday that the Marlins lost their arbitration hearing to right-hander Anibal Sanchez, but the club went right back at it today, this time stating their case against Emilio Bonifacio.

Bonifacio, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, requested $2.2 million and was offered $1.95 million from the Marlins when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the three-person panel of arbitrators could render a decision on the player’s 2012 salary as soon as tomorrow.

Bonifacio, who turns 27 in April, is coming off a career-year in which he batted .296/.360/.393 with five home runs, 36 RBI, 40 stolen bases and a .753 OPS while making starts at third base, second base, shortstop and all three outfield positions. He is expected to open this season as the Marlins’ starting center fielder.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.