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Super Two is a status that a player can reach if he has between two and three full years of service time at the MLB level, has accrued at least 86 days of service time the previous year, and is ranked in the top 22% of players between two and three years of service time at the MLB level. If a player meets all of these criteria at the end of a season, he is designated as having Super Two status and is eligible to go through the salary arbitration process. If two or more players are tied at the 22% mark, then they will all be granted Super Two status.
What’s The Point?
The Super Two status was created to benefit players who are kept in the minors long enough to avoid accruing a full year of service time at the MLB level. For example, Kris Bryant was kept in the minors until April 17, 2015 because if he had been on the Cubs’ 25-man roster from that point forward, he would have accumulated 172 days of service time, and therefore accrued a full year of service time. Bryant will spend nearly seven years on a MLB active roster before becoming eligible to become a free agent, but – thanks to the Super Two rule – he will be eligible for salary arbitration before accruing three years of service time. Since previous earnings are a major factor in determining the amount a player will be paid through salary arbitration, a player can make much more money throughout his pre-free agency years if he is a Super Two.
Like a player with three years of service time, a Super Two player can choose to become a free agent if his team removes him from its 40-man roster.
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