Farm Futures: Anticipating Call-Up Dates
Farm Futures: Anticipating Call-Up Dates

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

Getting an Extra Year of Control

According to the current CBA, players are entitled to free agency after six or more years of major-league service time. A year of service time is defined as 172 days on a major-league roster. A typical season used to last 183 days, but this year MLB lengthened the schedule to 186 days. As long as a player is called up with fewer than 172 days remaining in the season, they will be under their current team's control for seven years, instead of six. With most players, this is far more important than saving $10 or $20 million by dodging Super Two status. Good players are going to get paid, but having that extra year of control puts a team in a better bargaining position when they start to talk about a contract extension with young players, and it also gives the team an extra year right in the middle of that player's prime. April 13 is this year's date when teams can start calling up top prospects (with some notable exceptions) and retain

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast.
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