Comments on: McCutchen Signs Six-Year Deal with Pirates Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:46:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ian Rothermund Mon, 05 Mar 2012 23:50:00 +0000 I’m just waiting to see what the detractors’ reactions will be to this. 

If the wins start showing up in Pittsburgh at a higher frequency this year, they’ll really be in trouble.

It’s just going to be fun to see how the situation with Marte, Grossman, and Bell plays out over the next couple years now.  Even more so if a few of the toolsy guys in the lower minors work out.  An outfield of McCutchen, Tabata, and Marte seems pretty nice. 

By: john.alcorn Mon, 05 Mar 2012 22:56:00 +0000 steve o, you seem a bit confused. the Super 2 status refers to whether a player is arbitration eligible after 2 + years of big league time. Basically if a player has been in the bigs for 2 years plus another two-thirds of a year they may qualify for a raise in arbitration early (before the full 3 year cutoff).

Free agent compensation is now linked to the Pirates willingness to offer a player a 1 year deal to stay in the $10-12 million range through arbitration (calculated based on league wide contracts). This occurs after a player has 6 years of experience in MLB and is qualified to opt for FA. When the time comes the Bucs would have to make a big offer in arbitration to then receive a comp pick if the player turns them down and leaves.  

At any rate, debate over the OF is mainly wishful thinking at this stage, we have one above average MLB OF, until we have 3 its not worth losing any sleep over. Even then it would be a great problem to have.

By: steve-O K Mon, 05 Mar 2012 22:06:00 +0000 Ive seen a lot of debate as to the future of the OF and having too many guys.  I realize it would be down the road, but do any of these guys down the road count as a super 2 free agent and get us a first round pick?