Oct 23, 2012, 10:38 PM EST
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.
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