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Drew Storen among Super Two qualifiers

Oct 23, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com:

Washington reliever Drew Storen, who failed to hold a ninth-inning lead against St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series, is among six extra players eligible for salary arbitration this winter under baseball’s new labor contract.

San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, New York Mets catcher Josh Thole, Tampa Bay outfielder Sam Fuld, Colorado outfielder Tyler Colvin and third baseman Chris Johnson also are eligible because of the new deal, Major League Baseball and the players’ union agreed Tuesday.

Most players make close to the major league minimum for their first three years of service time and then become eligible for salary arbitration, but the Super Two rule allows some to cash in early. Storen and the other five now have partial say in their salaries for 2013. Storen should be able to top $1 million.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro would have been a Super Two, but he signed a big extension in August.

  1. natslady - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Drew Storen ended the season as hot as any reliever in baseball. In his last 26 games, he had a 0.75 ERA with two runs and only one walk allowed in his final two months. In addition, his defining characteristic is that he eats right-handed hitters alive, holding them to a .164 batting average and a .418 OPS (worse than many pitchers) this season.

    He pitched a scoreless 9th in Game 1 (3-2 Nats win) and a scoreless 9th in Game 4. In Game 5 he got jobbed by a tight strike zone, the SS missed a catchable grounder, and yes, he walked two guys, allowed two steals, gave up two singles and broke a city’s heart. Pay the man, he’ll be fine.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      I agree with everything you posted Lady (with the exception of the “catchable grounder.”
      That was a sold shot up the middle past a diving Ian Desmond.
      But it matters not…neither of us are playing in the W.S.
      Back to your point…Drew Storen is a top flight reliever who is about to get paid.
      You guys are going to be solid next year. With a rotation that plays out a full season no less.
      You should already be excited. I know I would be.

    • garylanglais - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Nationals have a surprising amount of leverage in this situation. A closer’s arbitration value is directly tied to the save statistic. Unfortunately Storen’s platform season doesnt provide much help in that department.

      Nationals would be wise to take advantage of the leverage and lock up Storen to an extension because if not, it could be Storen with the leverage next offseason

      • dcfan4life - Oct 24, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        They want him back badly. He is a top 5 closer in the organizations mind and i agree with that. But if he comes out next year and blows 2 out of his first 5 save opportunities, i wonder how it will affect his mindset. Not everyone is Mariano Rivera who can lose 2 world series game 7 leads, blow saves early in seasons, and still be the best closer in history.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 24, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Adam Kilgore provides additional details:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2012/10/24/drew-storen-eligible-for-arbitration-thanks-to-new-cba/

  2. xjokerz - Oct 24, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    Tyler Colvin is going to be a flat out stud next year for the Rockies…mark my words.

  3. stex52 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    I think Chris Johnson is at the top of his potential. Nothing against the guy, but I don’t expect much more.

  4. garylanglais - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Old CBA: Top 17% of players between 2 and 3 years are eligible for Super Two.
    New CBA: Increased to Top 22%

    2011: 17 players earn Super Two
    2012: 7 players earn Super Two

    Hmmm…

    • garylanglais - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Never mind. Just found out this isn’t the entire list. Makes much more sense

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