Originally Posted by Magdal
Hey Spirit....what's a super 2?
This is off the MLB site, just so I don't screw up the gist.
Super Two” players. “Super Two” is a special status that allows certain players with less than three years of major league service to file for salary arbitration without club permission. Players must have accrued at least two years of major league service, however, to be eligible. In order to receive “Super Two” status, a player must meet all of the following conditions:
player meets major league service threshold
player meets non-free-agent criteria above
player has accrued at least 86 days of major league service time in the immediately prior major league season
player ranks in the top 22 percent of all players who meet conditions (1), (2) and (3)
The “Super Two” designation affords qualifying players one extra year of arbitration eligibility, which can be an invaluable tool for a player to achieve a salary raise. This status stirs highly contested debates among baseball pundits and should probably be discussed in a dedicated article. For our purposes, just know this status exists and is something all major league clubs recognize and monitor closely when evaluating young talent.
Basically, it's a time clock for a player that allows for arbitration a year earlier than otherwise eligible. It means a team will lose a year of control over a player, which inevitably costs the team money.
Teams will often wait until after the cut off date (which varies) to call a player up, thus avoiding having to pay a player an arbitration salary a year early.