Not really a surprise that he and his agents are taking this route.
Before I go further, if I have this right, this is his third sports agency since 2003. And if it were me, I think I would have chosen one that actually owned a shredder. But that is just me.
If team Cabrera is successful in the arbitration hearings, and I think they will be, he will sort-of break the record. He would beat Albert Pujols salary but fall significantly short of the actual record.
The Marlins can negotiate with Miguel right up to the hearing, but if history is any indicator, they won't. Not that it matters that much. Cabrera will be with the Marlins one way or the other.
Now that Cabrera has reached his arbitration years expect that he and the club will go before the panel every year. That is assuming he keeps putting up similar numbers. Also expect him to break the "record" every year for years of service.