The Benefit of Being a Super Two

On Friday the list of Super Two players came out, with an unprecedented low cut-off of two years and 122 days used to determine Super Two status.  I noted that this could cause a potential problem, as Andrew McCutchen will have two years and 123 days of service time after the 2011 season, putting him at risk of being a Super Two player.  In short, my theory was that by being a Super Two player, McCutchen could eventually make as much...

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A Possible Wrench in the Extension Hopes for McCutchen

Wondering why the Pittsburgh Pirates took so long to promote Pedro Alvarez to the majors this year?  Perhaps it was due to the new low cut-off for Super Two eligible players.  C. Trent Rosecrans of CBS Sports released the Super Two list for the 2011 season (h/t MLBTR), with the cutoff being 2 years, 122 days.  This marks the first time the Super Two cut-off has been below 2 years and 130 days.  As expected, Ross Ohlendorf will be...

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Ross Ohlendorf Will Be Super Two Eligible

MLB Trade Rumors discovered today that the Super Two cutoff after the season will likely be at 2 years, 124 days, which is the lowest the cutoff has been in years.  Following the 2009 season, the Super Two cutoff was 2 years, 139 days. Players who have more than two years of service time, but less than three years are eligible for an extra year of arbitration, as long as they are in the top 17% of service time of the players...

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Notes: Charlie Morton, Steven Jackson, Injuries, Brad Lincoln

Some notes to catch up from over the weekend… -The Pirates placed Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with shoulder fatigue.  Neal Huntington had this quote, via the PBC Blog: “Charlie has been battling mild shoulder discomfort and fatigue off and on for the majority of the season. Charlie has not wanted to use it as an excuse and has worked to pitch through it. Until now, we felt we could work through the...

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Alvarez and Tabata cut, Super Two breakdown

The Pittsburgh Pirates made two waves of cuts this morning, first cutting Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, Doug Bernier, and Jonathan Van Every.  They followed that up by cutting Tyler Yates, Jimmy Barthmaier, Neal Cotts, and Craig Hansen. Alvarez and Tabata were optioned to AAA, while the rest of the players were assigned to minor league camp.  It’s likely that Bernier and Van Every will play at AAA.  The four...

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