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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Official: Thole is arbitration eligible

By Adam Rubin

It's official: Josh Thole has made the cut to be eligible for arbitation for the first time this offseason.

Players automatically are eligible for arbitration after three years of MLB service time. In addition, a select group of players with two-plus years of service time -- known as Super Twos -- also are eligible for arbitration. That does not make them eligible for free agency earlier; it means they have four arbitration years instead of three.

Thole -- who has 2 years, 142 days of service time -- made the cut by three days, according to the official figure reported by the Associated Press.

Ike Davis is a Super Two as well -- at 2 years, 168 days.

The percentage of players with two-plus years of service time who are eligible for arbitration went to 22 percent from 17 percent under the new CBA. Thole would have missed the cut by two days under the old CBA.

The full list of arbitration-eligible Mets:

Manny Acosta
Daniel Murphy
Bobby Parnell
Mike Pelfrey
Andres Torres

Pelfrey and Torres (and possibly Acosta) are expected to be non-tendered in December, making them free agents.