Early 2012 Super Two Estimates

According to CAA Sports, an agency that represents numerous athletes across all sports, including Jason Bay, Dan Haren, and Ryan Zimmerman for baseball, the early estimates for the 2012 Super Two class is two years, 146 days.  That number is based on their own internal analysis, and isn’t an official number, as obviously plenty of things can change between now and the end of the 2011 season, all of which would alter that figure....

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Important Dates In 2011

At Pirates Prospects, not only do we cover the entire farm system, but we also focus on the business side of the game, specifically tracking the service time, options, waiver rules, trade rules, and the MLB draft.  The rules surrounding these events can be vague, so to clear things up, here are some important dates to remember for the 2011 MLB season. April 11th - The earliest a player can be called up without using a full year of...

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Pirates and Ohlendorf Exchange Figures

After signing Joel Hanrahan to a one year deal earlier today, the Pittsburgh Pirates are left with one arbitration eligible player who is without a deal for the 2011 season: Ross Ohlendorf.  Ohlendorf and the Pirates exchanged figures yesterday, after the two sides were unable to reach a deal.  According to Colin Dunlap, Ohlendorf submitted a $2.025 M figure for the 2011 season, while the Pirates submitted $1.4 M. From here, there are...

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The Market for McCutchen is Set

I’ve talked a lot about Andrew McCutchen this off-season, both in terms of the possibility that he could be a Super Two player following the 2011 season, as well as what it could cost to extend him and buy out some free agent years.  So far, the Pirates haven’t contacted McCutchen about an extension, although the market for his extension may be set. Last night the Cincinnati Reds reached an extension with outfielder Jay...

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The 40-60-80 Arbitration Rule

Over the last few days I’ve been looking at the possible benefit of being a Super Two eligible player.  It started when I noticed that Andrew McCutchen was at risk of being a Super Two player following the 2011 season, which I speculated could add $10 M to his potential earnings.  Matt Bandi at Pittsburgh Lumber Company followed up by pointing out that Super Two players received 21.8% of their free agent values during the...

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