Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com 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.
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.