Andrew McCutchen - Newscom (UPI/BIll Greenblatt)

Yesterday, Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects noted that this year’s cut-off for Super Two arbitration eligible players is about eight days earlier than it has ever been before. This could be a concern for the Pirates’ front office, as there is now a strong possibility of Andrew McCutchen reaching arbitration a year earlier than expected. Thus, the cost of the talented young player could increase considerably.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Super Two rule, it allows certain players to reach arbitration after their second year in the league, whereas most players must wait until they have reached three years of service time. The end result is that, at least for the upcoming offseason, any player with at least 2 years, 122 days of servic...

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