You hear about Super Twos, but who are they and what distinguishes them from other players? Here's a quick explanation, along with lists of Super Twos from the last few years. None of these lists could have been assembled without Jeff Euston of Cot's Baseball Contracts.
- According to the MLBPA: Super Twos come from the group of players who have between two and three years service time and at least 86 days service time the previous year. The 17% of those players with the most service time become Super Twos.
- They go to arbitration four times, instead of the usual three.
- This means Super Twos make more money than other players who have between two and three years of service time. Going to arbitration four times is much more lucrative than renewing a contract once and going to arb three times.
- They don't become free agents earlier than other players; six years of service time are still required.
- No Super Two had less than two years, 130 days service time any of the last three winters. Alex Rios, Randy Flores and Antonio Perez all went to arbitration for the first time with two years, 130 days service time before the 2007 season.
- The most service time a Super Two player could have is two years, 171 days. Any more than that and the player has three years.
- Since 2007, the average Super Two has had two years and 148 days of service time.
- Players who started the 2009 season with a year and 140 days of service time have a good chance at becoming Super Twos with a full season of baseball, but we won't know who qualifies until the season's over.
- Service time is written: years.days. So if a player has three years and 145 days of service time, it's noted as 3.145.
Possible 2010 Super Twos
Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks 1.138
Yunel Escobar, Braves 1.121 (doubtful)
Adam Jones, Orioles 1.139
Matt Albers, Orioles 1.170
Mike Fontenot, Cubs 1.139
Micah Owings, Reds 1.139
Nick Masset, Reds 1.146
Joe Smith, Indians 1.132
Jeremy Sowers, Indians 1.128 (doubtful)
Omar Quintanilla, Rockies 1.159
Jason Hammel, Rockies 1.153
Anibal Sanchez, Marlins 1.133
Hunter Pence, Astros 1.156
Alberto Callaspo, Royals 1.135
Carlos Gomez, Twins 1.141
Glen Perkins, Twins 1.155
Mike Pelfrey, Mets 1.122 (doubtful)
Rajai Davis, A's 1.167
Dana Eveland, A's 1.167
Joey Devine, A's 1.171
Jeff Karstens, Pirates 1.144
Mike Adams, Padres 1.161
Fred Lewis, Giants 1.129 (doubtful)
Tim Lincecum, Giants 1.148
Brian Wilson, Giants 1.169
Brandon Morrow, Mariners 1.139
Ben Zobrist, Rays 1.133
Shawn Riggans, Rays 1.157
Matt Garza, Rays 1.149
Andy Sonnanstine, Rays 1.121 (doubtful)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Rangers 1.137
Willie Eyre, Rangers 1.163
Dustin Nippert, Rangers 1.140
Jesus Flores, Nationals 1.158
2009 Super Twos
2008 Super Twos
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