Arbitration deadline looming
Remember that midnight tonight is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to players who are eligible for arbitration. A player is eligible for arbitration after he accrues between 3-6 years of service time. There is also a group of so-called Super Two players who get an extra year of arbitration eligibility because their service time is among the highest of players with between 2-3 years. Garrett Jones is one player who falls into this category this year.
Anyways, what matter is this: The Pirates have eight players who are eligible for arbitration. For each player who is tendered a contract, the Pirates are accepting the possibility that an arbitration hearing might be necessary. However, before going before an arbiter, the two sides do have a chance to work out their own agreement.
If a player is not tendered a contract, he becomes a free agent.
I do not expect the Pirates to tender contracts to all eight of the following players, particularly given the number of relievers on this list. The list includes:
- Jason Grilli
- Joel Hanrahan
- Garrett Jones
- Jeff Karstens
- Evan Meek
- Charlie Morton
- Chris Resop
- Jose Veras
Stay tuned for an official announcement later in the day.
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