Projected Post-2019 MLB "Super Two" Players

An unsigned player under club control who has accrued at least three but less than six years of MLB Service Time is automatically eligible for salary arbitration.

Also, any unsigned player with at least two years but less than three years of MLB Service Time who accrued at least 86 days of MLB Service Time during the previous season can qualify for salary arbitration as a so-called "Super Two" if the player is among the top 22% in MLB Service Time of players in that group (rounded to the nearest whole number). And if  two or more players are tied with the same MLB Service Time just above the "Super Two" threshold, all of the players with that accrued MLB ST would get "Super Two" status even if that means the number of players with "Super Two" status exceeds 22%.   

Because it is based on a percentage, the "Super Two" threshold fluctuates from year-to-year (it was two years plus 134 days or 2+134 MLB ST post-2018, 2+123 post-2017, 2+131 post-2016, 2+130 post-2015, 2+133 post-2014, 2+122 post-2013, 2+140 post-2012, 2+145 post-2011, 2+122 in 2010, and 2+139 in 2009), but the threshold has generally gone down whenever a new CBA is signed, because the percentage of players who automatically qualify for "Super Two" status has increased with each new CBA.

Besides gaining the right to request salary arbitration and have that right four times instead of just three times, being a "Super Two" player also means the player can elect free-agency if outrighted even though he has not yet accrued three years of MLB Service Time and even if he has not been outrighted previously in his career (however, unlike a player who has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time and/or has been outrighted previously in his career and who therefore has the option to elect free-agency immediately or else defer the choice until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, a "Super Two ' player who has not been outrighted previously in his career must make his choice immediately upon being outrighted). 

At present there are 136 players on MLB rosters who are projected to fit the criteria of a player who has accrued at least two years but less than three years of MLB Service Time with at least 86 days of MLB Service Time accrued in the 2019. So that means that 22% of the 136 (29.92 rounded to the nearest whole number, which is 30) will have "Super Two" status post-2019. However, sometimes a player petitions (successfully) to have his listed MLB Service Time adjusted (like due to an injury that occurred before the player was optioned to the minors, or because a player was optioned prior to game time or after the start of a game, both of which would impact the player's service time and thus could impact the number of players who are in the macro group and how many of the players in the group acquire "Super Two" status).

Here is the list of MLB players who are presently projected to be eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" post-2019. This list is preliminary because the MLB regular season is still in progress, but since players are essentially no longer being optioned to the minors (a player cannot be optioned to the minors once a minor league club's season has concluded), the list should be fairly accurate. NOTE: Per the 2016-21 CBA, an MLB regular season ("championship season") must be at least 182 days but no more than 187 days in length, but 172 days constitutes a "full" MLB regular season when calculating MLB Service Time, and so a player cannot get credit for more than 172 days of MLB Service Time in any one season.


POST-2019 MLB SUPER TWO ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
Andrew Knapp, C (PHI): 2+171 (see NOTE-1 below)
Wandy Peralta, LHP (SF): 2+167
Jesse Biddle, LHP (TEX): 2+166
Hunter Renfroe, OF (SD): 2+165
David Hale, RHP (NYY): 2+163
David Dahl, OF (COL): 2+162
Brent Suter, LHP (MIL): 2+161
Cody Bellinger, OF-1B (LAD): 2+160
Tyler Glasnow, RHP (TB): 2+158
Jordan Montgomery, LHP (NYY): 2+153
Tyler Austin, 1B (MIL): 2+150  
Keynan Middleton, RHP (LAA): 2+150
Jharel Cotton, RHP (OAK): 2+149
Kyle Freeland, LHP (COL): 2+143
J. T. Riddle, INF (MIA): 2+141
Noe Ramirez, RHP (LAA): 2+139
Kyle Ryan, LHP (CUBS): 2+139
Johan Camargo, INF (ATL): 2++137
Chris Martin, RHP (ATL): 2+133
Daniel Robertson, INF (TB): 2+133
Luis Cessa, RHP (NYY): 2+131
Dinelson Lamet, RHP (SD): 2+130
Paul DeJong, INF (STL): 2+127
Gio Urshela, INF (NYY): 2+127
Derek Law, RHP (TOR): 2+126  
JaCoby Jones, OF (DET): 2+125
A. J. Cole, RHP (CLE): 2+124  
Jonathan Holder, RHP (NYY): 2+124
Julio Urias, RHP (LAD): 2+123
Josh Hader, LHP (MIL): 2+115
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PROJECTED SUPER TWO CUT-OFF - 2+115
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Sean Newcomb, LHP (ATL): 2+114 (see NOTE-2 below)
Tyler Olson, LHP (CLE): 2+114
Jake Barrett, RHP (NYY): 2+113
Luke Weaver, RHP (AZ): 2+112
Matt Chapman, 3B (OAK): 2+109

If it remains unchanged, 2+115 MLB Service Time would be the lowest "Super Two" threshold ever. 

Cody Bellinger, David Dahl, Johan Camargo, Paul DeJong, and Josh Hader won't have to worry, but for a number of the other players on the above list, "Super Two" ain't so super. In many cases, clubs will likely either release or non-tender the player rather than risk going to arbitration with them. 

There also is the matter of MLB Service Time reported for each player and how any change in MLB ST could ultimately affect the list. 

NOTE-1: Phillies back-up catcher Andrew Knapp is listed at most sites as having accrured 1+171 MLB ST (one day short of two full seasons) coming into the 2019 season, but Baseball Reference lists Knapp's post-2018 MLB ST as 2+000 (exactly two years), meaning if BR is correct Knapp will have accrued 3+000 MLB ST by the close of the 2019 MLB regular season and thus would be eligible for salary arbitration in the conventional way and so he would not be a "Super Two" player post-2019.

NOTE-2: Braves LHP Sean Newcomb was optioned to the minors on April 14th and then was recalled on May 4th, for what appeared to be either 19 or 20 days (depending whether Newcomb was optioned before or after the Braves game vs NYM on 4/14). If it was 19 days he gets credit for a "full season" and will have 2+114 MLB Service Time at the close of the MLB regular season, but if it was 20 days he will not get credit a for a "full season" and will end up with 2+108 MLB Service Time (well  below the "Super Two" threshold should it change a bit prior to the conclusion of the season). Were the Braves that prescient back in April-May to keep Newcomb in the minors just one more day (for at least twenty days) to reduce his MLB Service Time by a few days and reduce their post-2019 "Super Two" liability with respect to Newcomb? TBD (or then again, maybe not...).  

So both Sean Newcomb and Tyler Olson (both at 2+114 MLB ST) could become "Super Two" eligible if one of the 30 players presently on the list is removed, and it's also possible that Josh Hader could go under the threshold and not be "Super Two" eligible if the number of players who qualify as a "Super Two" is reduced from 30 to 29 because several players in the original group of 135 are dropped (which would affect the number of "Super Two" players).

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One 2 women umps in MiLB worked the SB series. Pal of our son’s from LL days was SB clubhouse mgr. this year. He spoke highly of Emma’s work but said visiting teams often did not. Also spoke highly of B-Zo on his brief rehab stay when he bought the team McD’s, a la Prez Dollar Menu. So, 2 Cub branches made playoffs so far. Can the big Cubs make it 3?

Wtf were Bucs appealing?

I guess that Kemp missed a base? I really don’t know. 

zobrist or heyward missing a base...probably heyward, but it wasn't clear from the cubs broadcast.  kemp scored on the screwed up appeal throw.

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  • Charlie 4 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Yeah, it seems like I lean more toward overvaluing Bryant than most commenters here. Also, I completely stopped following prospect lists once the Cubs were good again, so I'm out of the loop on Pache especially. I had imagined that the Cubs would be looking more for immediate major league value rather than a projectable prospect, but I guess if you really like Pache you don't mind waiting a couple years.

     

  • K Dub 10 hours 45 min ago (view)

    PHIL: Excellent breakdown, Phil. Thanks. 

    I'm sure you heard. QO value was set at $17.8 million the day after you made your post.

     

  • K Dub 10 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Pache, Wright, Muller and Riley feels light to you, Charlie? I respect your opinion, but I would jump at it. I highly doubt the Braves would do it, though. Were talking 2 years of Bryant at what could be 18 million and 28-30 million in his last year of arbitration. 

    The Cubs would be hurting their chances next year and building for 2021 in a deal like that, but that's rebuilding/retooling in one fell swoop. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: Austin Riley is actually a third-baseman but he had to play LF for the Braves in 2019 because he was blocked by Josh Donaldson, and Cristian Pache is considered to be the best defensive centerfielder in the minors and his bat has improved enough over the past year or two to where he is now rated in or just outside the top ten overall prospects in MLB.

    So a package that includes Riley and Pache and one of the Braves young MLB or MLB-ready SP would probably be more than enough to get the Cubs to bite.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Max Fried or Bryse Wilson

     

  • crunch 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    https://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/27828247/...

    t.skaggs story keeps getting deeper.

    allegations the team knew about skagg's drug abuse (also his family).  teams are required to report this to MLB.

     

  • Charlie 2 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Except for the headline, the linked post reads more like a trade hypothetical than a trade rumor. I like the idea of looking at this package as a discussion point for expected return for Bryant. I would say it feels a little light to me. It's deep, with two decent outfield prospects with upside and two OK pitching prospects. But Riley doesn't help the team solve the CF problem right now, so he's either redundant to Bote or sort of a Schwarber replacement. Muller's inflated BB% at AA this year worries me a bit too.

     

  • Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    I might have missed something and it's been talked about regarding a KB trade rumor from about 10-9-19. 

    https://apple.news/AJUMyEWodQ2GX1cj1gE4ENQ 

    Braves receive: 3B Kris Bryant 

     

  • crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)

    they get 3 guys and the cubs get 1 guy.  sounds like a slam dunk for the angels.  pencil trout in the cubs lineup.  he's got upside.

     

  • Jackstraw 4 days 19 hours ago (view)

    I'd hate to part with both Kemp and Chatwood, but if it will bring that Trout guy back, we could even throw in Almora.

     

  • crunch 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    the ricketts got a brazillian dollar tax break...they need to trickle that down and flex on the entire league.

    we gonna get grandal, rendon, castellanos, g.cole, strasburg, ryu, a.chapman...maybe sign bumgarner and odorizzi to work the pen.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: If the Cubs trade Quintana and his new club pays 100% of his 2020 salary his new club assumes 100% of his salary AAV liability, but if the Cubs agree to pay a portion of Quintana's 2020 salary as part of the trade, whatever portion of Quintana's 2020 salary that is paid by the Cubs would count against the Cubs 2020 AAV. 

     

  • Charlie 4 days 23 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Thanks for that Boston context--I hadn't realized the trend there. If the Cubs did decide to pick up Quintana's option and then trade him (assuming the Cubs would not agree to pay part of the contract as part of the trade), do they have to do that by a certain date in order for Quintana's contract not to count against them for the CBT? I haven't been able to find any dates attached to the CBT in a quick internet search.

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 32 min ago (view)

    My presumption in the Cubs declining Jose Quintana's 2020 club option as well as declining the club options on the veteran relievers who have one and non-tendering Addison Russell (and this also applies to Joe Maddon not returning as manager in 2020) is that after the monumental late-September collapse of 2019 on the heels of the 2018 Game #163 and Wild Card game defeats Ricketts will no longer accept the Cubs payroll going over the CBT threshold ($208M AAV in 2020) or extending a manager making $5M a year.   

     

  • crunch 5 days 6 hours ago (view)

    i actually like ATL the team...the fans and the 3+ hours of tommy hawk chawpin' non-stop is beyond annoying before even getting into how messed up it is they're still doing that in 2019.  it's all they do, just that 1 single thing...for hours...

    fans were so upset about not getting foam hatchets pre-game yesterday (that was the club's way to "dial it back") they were busy letting the "PC police" know they're here to chant and chop as loud as they could before the first pitch was even thrown.

    it took about 10 runs to shut them up.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Damn. Atlanta was the only team in the NL I was hoping would advance. I don’t know what I was hoping in LA vs WAS series. Cataclysmic event? (Side note, I live in the DC area, what a dreadful group of fans. They deserve nothing good ever.)