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Salary Arbitration
Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 12 February 2009 19:03

Dan Uggla

Second baseman Dan Uggla won
his salary arbitration case with the
Florida Marlins today.

Second baseman Dan Uggla won his salary arbitration hearing with the Florida Marlins today, and in doing so was awarded his requesting salary of $5.35 million for 2009 over the Marlins offering salary of $4.4 million, a difference of $950,000.

The ruling was made by an arbitration panel made up of Richard Bloch, Fredric Horowitz and Steven Wolf.

Uggla, in his first year of salary arbitration eligibility, made $417,000 last season with the Marlins. His 2009 salary of $5.35 million is a 1183 percent increase over his salary last season.

Uggla has been selected to the All-Star Game twice (selected in 2006, but did not play, and 4 ABs in last year’s game ASG). In 531 at-bats, Uggla his .260, with 92 RBIs, 32 HRs. He posted.514 SLG, .360 OBP, and 128 OPS+, all career highs in 2008.

The case with Uggla is the first salary arbitration case for the Marlins to go to hearing since 2007 when they won their case with pitcher Kevin Gregg, and lost their case with third baseman Miguel Cabrera.

With Uggla winning his case, and SP Shawn Hill of the Nationals winning his on the 7th, players have now won two out of three cases that have gone to hearing this year (catcher Dioner Navarro lost his case with the Rays yesterday). Since salary arbitration was implemented in MLB in 1974, the owners have won 280 cases to the players 207 cases. Salary arbitration hearings run from Feb. 6-20th.

In other salary arbitration news...

Outfielder Rick Ankiel and the St. Louis Cardinals reached a 1-year, $2.825 million agreement, thus avoiding salary arbitration. The salary figure reached is the mid-point between Ankiel’s requested salary figure of $3.3 million and the Cardinals offering figure of $2.35 million.

Ankiel made $975,000 last season with the Cardinals. His 2009 salary of $2.825 million is an increase of 190 percent his 2008 salary.

"We are excited to get this deal done and put the process behind us," said Cardinals' Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak in a statement. "Everyone felt that this agreement was fair to both parties and we can now look forward to another strong season of play from Rick."

Ankiel joins a group of four other players to have reached deals at the mid-point including Justin Verlander of the Tigers, Brian Bannister of the Royals, Matt Guerrier of the Twins, and John Maine of the Mets.

With the Cardinals reaching agreement with Ankiel, they have only outfielder Ryan Ludwick as remaining unsigned of their salary arbitration eligible players for 2009. Ludwick is seeking $4.25 million while the Cardinals are offering $2.8 million, a difference of $1.45 million, the fifth highest difference between requesting and offering figures this year. Ludwick’s hearing is set for Tue., February 17.

The Cardinals have not had a salary arbitration hearing since 1999 when pitcher Darren Oliver lost his case

Cardinals players Chris Duncan, Brad Thompson, and Todd Wellmeyer reached contract agreements ahead of salary figures being exchanged.

With the Uggla ruling and agreement being reached with Ankiel, there are 13 salary arbitration eligible players that have yet to reach agreement or have their hearing ruled on.

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Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

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