Still with Marlins, Realmuto goes to salary arbitration

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Still with Marlins, Realmuto goes to salary arbitration
FILE - In this June 24, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins' J.T. Realmuto hits a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Miami. Realmuto, among the Marlins who could be traded as part of the team's payroll purge under new chief executive Derek Jeter, went to salary arbitration with Miami on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2018, and asked that he be given a raise to $3.5 million instead of $2.9 million. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Catcher J.T. Realmuto, among the Marlins who could be traded as part of the team’s payroll purge under new chief executive Derek Jeter, went to salary arbitration with Miami on Thursday and asked that he be given a raise to .5 million instead of .9 million.

Arbitrators Andrew Strongin, Elizabeth Neumeier, Allen Ponak are expected to decide Friday.

Realmuto, 26, made ,500 last year and was eligible for arbitration for the first time after hitting .278 with 17 homers and 65 RBIs in his third full season.

Miami has traded major league home run champion Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich for prospects since Jeter’s ownership group bought the team in October.

First baseman Justin Bour and reliever Dan Straily, who are likely to remain with the Marlins, also are scheduled for hearings this month. Bour has asked for a raise from ,500 to .4 million and has been offered million. Straily has requested a raise from ,100 to .55 million and has been offered ,375,000.

All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts beat the Boston Red Sox in the first salary arbitration decision of the year and will get a raise from ,000 to .5 million instead of the team’s .5 million offer.

Arbitrators Daniel Brent, Mark Burstein and Phillip LaPorte made the decision Wednesday, a day after hearing arguments.

The 25-year-old, eligible for arbitration for the first time, hit .264 with 24 homers and 102 RBIs last year, when he made his second straight AL All-Star team. He batted .318 with 31 homers and 113 RBIs in 2016.

His gap was the largest among the 27 players who swapped figures with their teams on Jan. 12.

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