Hey Spirit....what's a super 2?
The days of service time in the players first year has gone down from 146, to 139, to 119 in the last 3 years. This assuming that a player stays in the majors once he's brought up.
In any event, it's not an exact date.
Kelly,maybe, maybe not.
Martinez definitely. But he's heading back to the minors likely to continue starting, oi he'll likely not getting the service time this year anyway.
Nobody that meets that description is really coming up ahead of schedule if you ask me.
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Martinez, Rosenthal, Wacha and Jenkins are the Cardinals' long-term answers for their rotation. Gast, Lyons, Kelly and Maness are just interim placeholders. The Cardinals are loaded with top pitching prospects.
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.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.
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.
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