Originally Posted by kaldaniels
I am the first to admit that I don't fully understand the major league service time stuff. Let me ask this question as it will help me understand it more.
Is there any ramifications say, to calling up Bruce for the month of Sept and then have him beginning next year in AAA with a May 1 callup where he stays in the bigs from then on.
Bruce staying in AAA this year, with him starting April 1 on the Reds roster, staying there for good.
In each case the ML roster time is about the same, but his debut comes earlier in situation 1. Any drawback to that???
His MLB service time would be the same in both situations. It is rare that a team can systematically work that out--if the Reds want Bruce as an every day player next year, sending him to the minors for 30 days doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and if the Reds don't want Bruce as an every day player, he ought to play every day in the minors.
The MLB service time "game" was a huge issue in early labor negotiations. The players union was mindful that teams could call players up on May 1, June 1, etc. to try to get around the arbitration rules. As a result, the "Super 2s" were born. Under the labor agreement, a certain percentage of players with 2+ years (but less than 3) in service time are eligible for arbitration each year and are called "Super 2s."