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 ...

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