Jeff Francoeur and Kameron Loe were released today by their respective teams. Apparently Loe requested the release since he was not going to make the team. The loss of jobs for these two players run deeper than just not having a job for 2014. Both players have nine years of service time and need one more year to qualify for the ten year pension of $100,000 annually.
The pension can be explained here.
The tenth year of MLB service is an important milestone and might be a further insight into the comeback attempts of Jason Bartlett and Matt Treanor. Neither played in the Majors in 2013 and both have nine years of MLB service.
The last few years of players whose careers ended after nine seasons: