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First Pitch: How Much Would Super Two Cost if a Player is Extended?

First Pitch: How Much Would Super Two Cost if a Player is Extended?

I've written in the last few weeks about the cost of Super Two status, which can amount to an extra $10-15 M for a potential impact player like Gregory Polanco. This additional cost is a big factor in why pretty much every team, including the Pirates, will hold back a top prospect until the Super Two deadline passes. No team wants to pay an additional $10-15 M over the long-run, just for an extra six weeks of performance in the short-term.

One of the counter-arguments I've been receiving is that the cost of Super Two status can be neutralized by signing a player to an extension. The idea is that the cost of Super Two would be much lower, and thus would make more sense in the balance between short-term production and long-term cost. I wanted to get an idea of what that cost would be, so I looked at a few of the recent extensions signed around baseball. There weren't many players who were projected to be Super Two players, or who had Super Two clauses in their deals. The three players...

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