Call it a split decision.
Though the Marlins beat catcher J.T. Realmuto in salary arbitration Friday, they lost to first baseman Justin Bour.
Arbitrators ruled in favor of Bour, awarding the slugger a $3.4 million salary for 2018. The Marlins argued he deserved to receive $3 million.
Realmuto, meanwhile, came out on the losing end of his case when the three-member panel of independent arbitrators sided with the Marlins. Realmuto, who was asking for $3.5 million, will end up making $2.9 million instead.
The salary arbitration process involves only players with between three and six years of Major League experience.
Either way, both players are getting raises.
Realmuto, who made $562,500 last season, has been the subject of trade speculation. The Marlins have spoken to the Washington Nationals, among a number of teams, about one of the top young catchers in the majors.
Starting pitcher Dan Straily is the last remaining Marlin scheduled for an arbitration hearing. His case will be heard Feb. 14.