PITTSBURGH -- Ross Ohlendorf has qualified for "Super Two" status, meaning that the right-handed starter will be arbitration-eligible this offseason. By qualifying a year early, Ohlendorf will be in line for a bigger salary jump than a lot of players with less than three years of Major League service time.
To become Super Two eligible, a player must rank in the top 17 percent of players who have accrued between two and three years of service time. That threshold changes from one year to the next, with the cutoff this year coming at two years, 122 days of service time.
Ohlendorf ended the 2010 season with two years and 139 days of service time. As a result, he will now be arbitration-eligible for a total of four years, instead of the normal three.
The right-hander is coming off an injury-plagued year in which he earned $439,000. Ohlendorf's salary isn't likely to leap as high as other "Super Two" players given his undistinguished 2010 results and the time he missed due to injury. He missed a month early in the year due to back spasms and was shut down for good at the end of August with a right shoulder injury.
In the 21 starts Ohlendorf did make, he went 1-11 with a 4.07 ERA. Those results came on the heels of a 2009 season in which he went 11-10 with a 3.92 ERA.
With Ohlendorf now in the mix, the Pirates have eight players eligible for arbitration this offseason. That group also includes shortstop Ronny Cedeno, left-hander Zach Duke, right-handers Joel Hanrahan and Jeff Karstens, third baseman Andy LaRoche and outfielders Lastings Milledge and Delwyn Young. Wil Ledezma came off that list earlier this week when he and the Pirates agreed to a one-year deal for 2011.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.