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Bruce, O'Day among Super Twos

Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:32 pm
Brad Ziegler, the right-handed sidearmed reliever, is the lucky winner of the Super Two cutoff date this year with two years, 122 days of service time, according to the list sent to agents by the MLB Players Association. Super Two qualify for salary arbitration early.

The cutoff this season is lower than it has been in recent years, perhaps indicating that teams are getting more and more careful about how soon they bring up players in attempts to put off arbitration as long as possible.

Leading the list is Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria, who has already been signed to a long-term deal, a deal that's looking better and better by the day for the Rays.

Here's the list:

Jay Bruce Player 2009 Club Total Service
Evan Longoria Tampa Bay 2.170
Jim Johnson Baltimore 2.165
Felipe Paulino Houston 2.163
Josh Fields Kansas City 2.159
Kyle Kendrick Philadelphia 2.159
Sean White Seattle 2.156
Ian Stewart Colorado 2.154
Dana Eveland* Pittsburgh 2.152
Luke Hochevar Kansas City 2.151
Armando Galarraga Detroit 2.148
Burke Badenhop Florida 2.143
Ross Ohlendorf Pittsburgh 2.139
Chris Perez Cleveland 2.136
Alberto Gonzalez Washington 2.135
Jensen Lewis Cleveland 2.133
Darren O'Day Texas 2.128
Jay Bruce Cincinnati 2.125
Chase Headley San Diego 2.123
Travis Buck Oakland 2.123
Brad Ziegler Oakland 2.122

It appears that this is the best news for Bruce, O'Day and Perez, who will likely get the biggest bumps in salary from 2010 to 2011.

Of all those players, Bruce (pictured) may have had the best season, hitting .281/.353/.493 with 25 home runs. Perez recorded 23 saves and had a 1.71 ERA as the closer for the Indians once Kerry Wood was sent to the Yankees. O'Day was a valuable member of the Rangers' bullpen, appearing in 72 regular-season games and 11 postseason games. During the Regular season, he had a 2.03 ERA.

All three of those players made $440,000 or less last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:28 pm

Bruce, O'Day among Super Twos

Jay Bruce, Chase Headley, Chris Perez, Darren O'Day, Ian Stewart and Felipe Paulino all look like they'll make considerably more money next season.

If the Reds are serious about contending for the for seeable future they'd be well of locking up Jay Bruce for the next 5+ years.

The most intriguing player on that list- to me at least- is Ian Stewart. He's clearly got the power to be a 30+HR guy, but the strike outs are always a concern -much as they were for Bruce- the difference is that Stewart has the ability to swipe 10+ SB a season, and the fact that he plays in Coors Field and can play both corner IF positions and second base is a huge plus.

Chris Perez handled the Tribes closer job very well last season, and will be justly rewarded for doing so. If he continues to develop and succeed in the role, he'll eventually play his way out of the Indians pay role...but that's a few seasons away of course.

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