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The Super Two Cutoff Has Been Set

The Super Two cutoff this year has been set at 2.122, which reads as two years and 122 days (with 172 days equaling one year). This doesn’t change much for the Pirates. Michael McKenry, at 2.136, was projected to be a Super Two player and still will be Super Two eligible. He’s projected to make $900 K in arbitration, and is considered a non-tender candidate. I see him sticking around, since he has an option remaining, and a similar third catcher would cost at least $900 K.

McKenry is the only player who is in danger of Super Two status for the next few years. Gerrit Cole finished the season with 111 days of service time, so he should be clear of Super Two status two years from now. The only player who looks like a risk is Phil Irwin, who has 120 days of service time. However, to be a Super Two player, he would need to spend full seasons in the majors for the next two years, and I don’t see that happening since he projects to pitch out of Triple-A at the start of the 2014 season.

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    I see Irwin as part of a trade before he gets to super two arb. The Pirates are deep with Irwin types. I like Irwin, but I don’t see him cracking the Pirates rotation at all in the next few years. Right now it looks to me like he will be an emergency pitcher. Of course he could end up being a relief pitcher.

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