Uggla, Marlins head to arbitration

PHOENIX -- Second baseman Dan Uggla went to a salary arbitration hearing with the Florida Marlins on Wednesday, asking that he be awarded his request of $5.35 million rather the team's offer of $4.4 million.

Uggla hit .260 with 32 homers and 92 RBIs last year, his third straight season of 27 or more homers and 88 or more RBIs. Eligible for arbitration for the first time, he made $417,000 in 2008.

Arbitrators Richard Bloch, Fredric Horowitz and Steven Wolf heard the case and were likely to issue a decision Thursday.

Uggla was the third player to go to a hearing this year. Washington Nationals pitcher Shawn Hill won $775,000 rather than the team's proposal of $500,000 and All-Star catcher Dioner Navarro lost to the Tampa Bay Rays and was given $2.1 million offer rather than his $2.5 million request.

Fourteen more players remain scheduled for hearings, which run through Feb. 20.