Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto lost in salary arbitration against the Marlins, while Marlins first baseman Justin Bour was victorious in his case giving players a 3-1 advantage thus far in arbitration cases.
Realmuto will receive a salary of $2.9 million for 2018 rather than the $3.5 million he requested. The decision was made by a three-judge panel that heard arguments from both sides on Wednesday.
A different three-judge panel awarded Bour $3.4 million rather than the $3 million Miami offered, with that hearing taking place on Thursday.
Realmuto might be traded as Miami continues its payroll purge since new ownership including CEO Derek Jeter took over. Miami has already dealt Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.
Last season Realmuto earned $562,500 and this offseason was the first in which he was eligible for arbitration after he hit .278 with 17 home runs and 65 runs batted in.
In 2017, Bour batted .289 with 25 home runs and 83 runs batted in, during a season he earned $552,500.
The first two arbitration cases of this offseason were won by Shelby Miller a pitcher for the Diamondbacks and Mookie Betts an All-Star outfielder for the Red Sox.
Astros closer Ken Giles also had a Thursday hearing, and Roberto Osuna the closer for the Blue Jays and Adeiny Hechavarria the shortstop for Tampa Bay had hearings on Friday. The two pitchers Giles and Osuna were eligible for the first time for arbitration.
Eighteen players have not yet had their arbitration hearings but will have them during the upcoming two weeks. In all there will be 25 hearings, which are the most since 1987.
Osuna has requested a raise to $5.8 million from his 2017 salary of $552,400, while the Blue Jays offered $5.3 million. The right-hander, who is just 22, ended the season 3-4 with an ERA of 3.38 with 39 saves. His 10 blown saves led the majors.
Giles asked for a raise to $4.6 million from last season’s $555,100. The Astros offered $4.2 million. Giles finished the season with 34 saves out of 38 chances going 1-3 with an ERA of 2.30 in 2017.
Hechavarria asked for $5.9 million while Tampa Bay offered $5.35. He batted .261 with 8 home runs and 30 runs batted in for Miami and Tampa Bay.