Arbitration deadline looming

Jenifer Langosch/

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.

Follow me on Twitter: @LangoschMLB


First of all Jenifer I want to wish you all the best in your upcoming venture!! ” GOOD LUCK”!! Second I hope that the Pirates come to terms with Evan Meek. He is so very special to me. I was hoping to see him at the Pirate Fest but he wasn’t scheduled to be there! Anyway I do have a question to ask you. Does Evan have a twitter account? I would like to be one of his followers but I don’t know how to go about it!! Can you check this out for me and give me some feedback?? I would very much appreciate it!! Thanks!!

Evan does have a Twitter account. It is @meeker47.

Thanks Jenifer!! Do I Have to go through or can I just reach him at Evan@

@meeker 47 is simply Evan’s Twitter handle. You can follow him on Twitter by searching for him that way. That is not his email address so don’t add a .com to the end of it.

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