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Kole Calhoun qualifies as Super Two, will be arbitration-eligible this winter

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Some nice news here for the bank account of Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun.

As first noted by Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the 28-year-old just barely made the cutoff for Super Two status, giving him four years of arbitration eligibility rather than the usual three. The cutoff this year was 2.130 years of service time, and that’s exactly where Calhoun sits heading into his third full major league season.

The former eighth-round pick figures to get a nice payday in his first turn through salary arbitration after tallying 26 home runs and 83 RBI in 159 games this year — all career highs.

The other Super Two qualifiers, via Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors

Dan Jennings, White Sox (2.171)
George Kontos, Giants (2.171)
Justin Grimm, Cubs (2.170)
Arodys Vizcaino, Braves (2.168)
Avisail Garcia, White Sox (2.167)
Jurickson Profar, Rangers (2.167)
Jedd Gyorko, Padres (2.164)
Juan Lagares, Mets (2.160)
Didi Gregorius, Yankees (2.159)
Erasmo Ramirez, Rays (2.158)
Chris Archer, Rays (2.156)
Nolan Arenado, Rockies (2.155)
Will Smith, Brewers (2.155)
Jean Machi, Red Sox (2.154)
Seth Maness, Cardinals (2.154)
Scott Van Slyke, Dodgers (2.151)
David Lough, Orioles (2.149)
Chris Hatcher, Dodgers (2.146)
Evan Scribner, Athletics (2.142)
Nick Tepesch, Rangers (2.136)
Zach Putnam, White Sox (2.135)
Chris Withrow, Braves (2.132)
Jeff Manship, Indians (2.130)
Anthony Rendon, Nationals (2.130)

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”