With Marlins SS Emilio Bonifacio going to hearing today, 2012 will pass last year in terms of the number of salary arbitration hearings that will take place.
Last year, just three players went to salary arbitration hearing with their respective clubs (Ross Ohlendorf- Pirates, Jered Weaver – Angels, and Hunter Pence – Astros) with all but Weaver having the arbitration panel rule in their favor, and therefore, received the salary they were seeking through the process.
This year, John Lannan (Nationals), and Jeff Niemann (Rays) have lost their cases while Anibal Sanchez beat the Marlins
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To date, clubs have beat the players 288-213 over 501 hearings (57.49%)
SEE THE COMPLETE BREAKDOWN OF SALARY ARB CASES BY CLUB
The last time the players won more cases than clubs was 2009.
Dating back to 2005, clubs have beat the players 23 to 15 in 38 salary arbitration cases, or 61% of the total
SEE THE COMPLETE MLB SALARY ARBITRATION SCORECARD
For more details see Salary Arbitration Picture Postcards on Baseball Prospectus
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