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Friday, September 06, 2013

Mets News: Ruben Tejada's promotion could be delayed, for a extra season of control

Mets News:

To get a better idea of what a Super 2 Player is and how he qualifies I got the definition from Fangraphs, so you can get a better idea:

Normally, players must have accrued at least three years of MLB service time before they can be eligible for salary arbitration — or in other words, until they can negotiate their salary and not have it automatically set by their club. But certain players with less than three years of service time can also become eligible for arbitration, if they meet the following criteria:

● If they have less than three years of service time, but more than two.

● If they rank within the top 22% of all 2-year players in terms of service time.

So if a player finishes a season and is just shy of three years of service time (say, 2 years and 171 days) then MLB will award them Super Two status and they’ll be eligible for arbitration. Since these players are still under team control for another three seasons, that means Super Two players get four year of salary arbitration instead of the typical three.

The Super Two cutoff used to stand at 17%, but got changed to 22% in the new CBA negotiations. This means that if a team wants to keep a player in the minors until after the Super Two cutoff, they will have to keep that player in the minors for even longer than before. Considering that the cutoff used to fall sometime in June — it varied from year to year, as the 17% cutoff isn’t tied to a specific date — it will likely end up being in July going forward.

Ike Davis had 2 years, 168 days of service time after last season, he qualified as a Super 2 and is making $3.125 million this year instead of close to the $490,000 major league minimum. 

Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada will be first-time arbitration-eligible this winter, but the Mets have a different situation with Tejada.

Ruben Tejada, before his September return, has 2 years, 151 days of MLB service time -- already well over the projected Super 2 threshold.

The question becomes: Will Tejada cross three years of service time and be eligible for free agency after the 2016 season instead of after the 2017 season?

A full year of service time is considered 172 days (of a 183-day season). So Tejada needs 21 more days to get to three years. That means Tejada would need to join the Mets by Monday if he is to get those 21 days. (The season ends Sept. 29.)

By waiting until Tuesday for a promotion, the Mets would appear able to delay Tejada's free agency by a year. You would presume the Mets would wait to have Tejada join the major league club even if Las Vegas is eliminated tonight.

Tejada may not be a big-time future piece, but by waiting a couple of days they can ensure you have that extra season of control..

As for other Mets, Dillon Gee, Justin Turner and Eric Young Jr. all will have crossed three years and be eligible for arbitration for the first time, too.

Daniel Murphy, Bobby Parnell and Omar Quintanilla all will have exceeded four years, giving the Mets only two more years of control in each case.

Lucas Duda entered the season 35 days shy of three years of major league service, so he is eligible for arbitration without the Super 2 provision.

Meanwhile, several Mets are not yet remotely close to Super 2 status and again next season will make close to the major league minimum, which rises to $500,000 in 2014. Those players include Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jeremy Hefner, Anthony Recker, Andrew Brown, Carlos Torres, Scott Rice, Jenrry Mejia and Greg Burke.

Sources: ESPN/Fangraphs

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