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Andrew McCutchen and Super Two

Andrew McCutchen and Super Two

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Yesterday, Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects noted that this year’s cut-off for Super Two arbitration eligible players is about eight days earlier than it has ever been before. This could be a concern for the Pirates’ front office, as there is now a strong possibility of Andrew McCutchen reaching arbitration a year earlier than expected. Thus, the cost of the talented young player could increase considerably.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Super Two rule, it allows certain players to reach arbitration after their second year in the league, whereas most players must wait until they have reached three years of service time. The end result is that, at least for the upcoming offseason, any player with at least 2 years, 122 days of service time will be eligible for arbitration (One year of service time is equal to 172 days). This service time cut-off changes each year, and you can find details on how it is calculated in Tim’s article...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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