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Pearce, Jones get Super Two


Tim Dierkes of has reported that Pirates first basemen Garrett Jones and Steve Pearce are among 19 players who qualify for Super Two status, which means they will get a fourth year of arbitration eligibility despite having less than three years of total service time. We’d already established that center fielder Andrew McCutchen will not be a Super Two, so he’ll have three years of arby and can be a free agent after the 2015 season.

Steve Pearce

Steve Pearce

Due to the extra arby year, Super Two players tend to get higher salaries. For Jones and Pearce, this could signal the end of their careers with the Pirates — both could be non-tendered in December and become free agents. Injuries and missed opportunities have hindered Pearce throughout his time in the majors. Jones will turn 31 next season and his career splits against lefty pitching (.199 BA, .601 OPS) are not good.

Finding a first baseman might be at the top of GM Neal Huntington’s offseason to-do list, ahead of landing a veteran catcher and another starting pitcher. This should make things much more interesting in spring training for Matt Hague. And, it also could rekindle thoughts among some in management of eventually moving Pedro Alvarez across the diamond.



  1. Jesse r says:

    I thought you actually had to be good to be a super 2. Just another way the MLB is destroying any depth the Pirates are making. Simply Amazing.

  2. joel says:

    It would not surprise me if Garrett Jones could not find a suitabe suiter that he would resign with the Pirates at a lower price. As for Pearce, dont’t let the door hit you in the azz on the way out.

    The new pitcher Cole, is pitching lights out in the fall league in Arazona. I thought he would start out next year at high A but the way he is pitching he could start at AA. In two years or less he will be in Pittsburgh. I look for the Taillon Stallion to be right behind him. Then what will the NH and Nuttings whine about next???? Wish they would pool their money and buy their own team.

  3. Leefoo says:

    What’s the point of having a .190 hitting 1Bman? There’s only ONE place to move Pedro and that is the minors.

  4. @Joel: I agree. I don’t think Jones has much value as an everyday player, so he’d have to be willing take a pay cut. I think a change of scenery would be good for Pearce.

  5. Nick Goleno says:

    Where ever pearce goes, he will make a surprising impact..guarantee it

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