Gio Urshela’s surprisingly excellent season is going to come at a price for the Yankees.
Because the third baseman was summoned so early this season — on April 6, not long after Miguel Andujar injured his shoulder — Urshela received a full year of service time. That took his career service time to two years and 127 days, just enough to make him eligible for arbitration in 2020 as a Super Two player rather than having to wait one more season, The Post has learned.
Therefore, instead of likely making less than $1 million, Urshela is projected to make $2.2 million in 2020, according to MLB Trade Rumors’ system.
The top 22% of players with more than two years of service and less than three become eligible for arbitration. The cutoff is regularly right around Urshela’s service time. For example, last offseason, Urshela would not have had enough time to qualify because the cutoff was two years and 134 days.