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A Possible Wrench in the Extension Hopes for McCutchen

A Possible Wrench in the Extension Hopes for McCutchen

Wondering why the Pittsburgh Pirates took so long to promote Pedro Alvarez to the majors this year?  Perhaps it was due to the new low cut-off for Super Two eligible players.  C. Trent Rosecrans of CBS Sports released the Super Two list for the 2011 season (h/t MLBTR), with the cutoff being 2 years, 122 days.  This marks the first time the Super Two cut-off has been below 2 years and 130 days.  As expected, Ross Ohlendorf will be Super Two eligible this off-season.

What is a Super Two player?  As you may know, all players with 0-3 years of service time receive the league minimum, while any player with 3-6 years of service time is eligible for arbitration.  There is an exception, and that would be the Super Two players.  Super Two players are the top 17% of players who meet the following requirements:

-Between 2 and 3 years of service time

-At least 86 days of service time during the previous season

A Super Two player has his third league minimum year replaced with an additi...

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