Everyone in Washington Nationals Natio –er, Land, er District — is eagerly anticipating the debut of Bryce Harper. Hopefully as soon as next season. But as Mark Zukerman notes, that debut could be delayed a but due to some changes in baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement:
What am I referring to? The decision to increase the percentage of players who are classified as “Super Two’s” in baseball’s arbitration system … were almost always safe in past years waiting until late-May or early-June before promoting top prospects. Now, though, that cut-off date will be pushed ahead, perhaps several weeks. Which means GMs are probably going to have to wait until early-to-late June if they want to ensure their top prospects don’t qualify as Super Twos.
I suppose everyone will live Harper makes the bigs in June instead of May. Somehow.