Pittsburgh Pirates Service Time Accrued in 2022

With the season officially in the rearview mirror, it’s now my favorite time on the baseball calendar—the offseason. That means one of the first items on my personal agenda is updating my spreadsheets. Last week I covered options used in 2022, and this week I’m going to look at service accrued for every Pittsburgh Pirate remaining in the organization.

I’m including my personal count of service time here, as it seems I apply MLB rules on the matter differently than they do. It’s a topic for another day and one that truly mystifies me, but my count is what is in my spreadsheets, so it’s what I’m presenting here. Typically, the difference is just a few days here and there, so it doesn’t matter one way or the other.

Here are the complete lists:

Players who accrued a full year (172 days), along with their career service time to date:

Roberto Pérez 8.083
Ben Gamel 6.027
Robert Stephenson 5.059
Kevin Newman 4.047
Bryan Reynolds 3.163
Michael Chavis 3.087
Duane Underwood Jr. 3.044
Greg Allen 3.031
Mitch Keller 3.023
JT Brubaker 3.000
Ke’Bryan Hayes 2.075
David Bednar 2.071
Blake Cederlind 2.036
Wil Crowe 2.009
Tyler Heineman 1.127
Zach Thompson 1.121

Players who accrued a partial year, along with how many days and their career service time to date:

Jerad Eickhoff 5 4.068
Austin Brice 27 4.013
Miguel Andújar* 51 3.161
Tyler Beede 169 3.100
Josh VanMeter 157 3.042
Dillon Peters 165 2.133
Manny Bañuelos 133 2.106
Zack Collins 113 2.093
Chase De Jong 168 2.063
Bryse Wilson 130 2.028
Yohan Ramirez 82 1.168
Junior Fernandez 49 1.155
Johan Oviedo 95 1.076
Nick Mears 138 1.072
Jeremy Beasley 23 1.018
Max Kranick 128 0.156
Colin Holderman 144 0.144
Diego Castillo 139 0.139
Tucupita Marcano 107 0.138
Hoy Park 67 0.138
Yerry De Los Santos 136 0.136
Rodolfo Castro 82 0.125
Jack Suwinski 118 0.118
Miguel Yajure 62 0.118
Taylor Davis 4 0.117
Canaan Smith-Njigba 115 0.115
Roansy Contreras 107 0.112
Oneil Cruz 108 0.110
Jason Delay 95 0.095
Cal Mitchell 94 0.094
Eric Stout 63 0.070
José Godoy 35 0.064
Kevin Padlo 22 0.044
Cam Vieaux 43 0.043
Luis Ortiz 23 0.023
Cam Alldred 14 0.014
Ji Hwan Bae 13 0.013
Travis Swaggerty 8 0.008
Liover Peguero 3 0.003

Just a few notes regarding service for the season:

As covered last week, even though I have Andújar listed as under 4.000 years of service, official counts likely aren’t going to agree, leaving him with two years of contractual control via arbitration as opposed to the three I’m implying. This is one of those rare times where the differences in my counts and the official totals actually matter.

At 2.106 years of service, Bañuelos is the closest player the Pirates would have to Super 2 eligibility. Even if my count is off, I doubt he ends up qualifying.

Finally, as you can see, the Pirates’ potential arbitration class stands at six heading into the offseason: Andújar, Brubaker, Keller, Newman, Stephenson, and Underwood Jr.

This is certainly smaller than projections had indicated for much of the season, as the team’s last four cuts—and five of the last seven—came from their group of arbitration eligible players.

Essentially, the team got a head start on their nontenders.

Offseason Calendar Update

Typically we have to wait for offseason deadlines, but the first hits us fast.

Between the end of the season and October 15th, any player eligible via Article XX(D) can choose to elect free agency. This is for players who were outrighted in 2022 who had been outrighted for either a second time or had at least three years of service at the time of the outright. For the Pirates, their list of potential Article XX(D) free agents is as follows:

Greg Allen

Tyler Beede

Austin Brice

Michael Chavis

Taylor Davis

Jerad Eickhoff

Eric Hanhold

Dillon Peters

Josh VanMeter

Cam Vieaux

Pirates Payroll Updates

—Junior Fernandez was recalled after the premature end to Wil Crowe’s season, and payroll went up $13,787.

—Nick Mears needed in on the party after being out most of the year, and Luis Ortiz drew the short straw, as he wouldn’t be starting again this season.

Ortiz gets to keep the service but loses out on a couple days of major league pay, as payroll goes down $581.

—Finally, the Pirates wanted JT Brubaker to make one more start before the season ended, so he was activated off the IL, taking the place of Roansy Contreras, who also wasn’t going to appear again this season. José Godoy was also optioned in favor of Tucupita Marcano.

Contreras saw his salary decrease $6,493, while payroll went up a whopping $55 due to the Godoy/Marcano swap, netting out at a $6,438 drop.

End of season moves can result in some amusing changes to the final payroll estimate. Speaking of, I’ll be covering the final numbers more in-depth next week, but for now…

—Payroll stands at $60,925,548 for the Labor Relations Department, while it’s $73,959,797 for CBT purposes.

A longtime Pirates Prospects reader, Ethan has been covering payroll, transactions, and rules in-depth since 2018 and dabbling in these topics for as long as he can remember. He started writing about the Pirates at The Point of Pittsburgh before moving over to Pirates Prospects at the start of the 2019 season.

Always a lover of numbers and finding an answer, Ethan much prefers diving into these topics over what’s actually happening on the field. These under and often incorrectly covered topics are truly his passion, and he does his best to educate fans on subjects they may not always understand, but are important nonetheless.

When he’s not updating his beloved spreadsheets, Ethan works full-time as an accountant, while being a dad to two young daughters and watching too many movies and TV shows at night.

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Thanks for the update. With 9 of 10 XX(D) folks electing Free Agency, I guess that saves the Pirates FO from actually having to do something to unload that group.

Simply amazed that Josh VanMeter accumulated 157 days of MLB Service for the Pirates in 2022.


Arn’t Perez and Gamel free agents after 2022 in addition to the mess of losers listed
as Article XX(D) free agents?


Ethan, I cannot remember, do your estimates include the Pirate’s share of MLB benefits?


Curious, what’s are your thoughts on adding monies spent on amateur draft and international signings? This is technically money spent on player acquisition but often gets overlooked by the avg fan 🤷🏻‍♂️


You obviously have an affinity for numbers, which is something I have to admit I have always lacked, so I admire your articles despite not always fully understanding their meaning. I imagine you as being the guy who always sat in the front row of trigonometry class eagerly manipulating his slide rule (no calculators back then) while everyone else watched the clock hoping the bell would ring. That’s meant as a complement because I admired that guy too despite not really understanding him.

I also have to say that your first sentence threw me a little because I have always dreaded baseball’s off season and followed other sports largely to kill time until spring training started. Different strokes I guess. Keep up the good work and I’ll keep trying to follow along while probably not fully grasping the details.

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