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Farm Futures: Anticipating Call-Up Dates

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.

According to the 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, but a typical season lasts 183 days. This means that as long as a player is called up with fewer than 172 days remaining in the season, they will be under their current teamís 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 the young players, and it also gives the team an extra year right in the middle of that playerís prime. April 14 is this yearís date when teams can start calling up top prospects (with some notable exceptions) and retain that extra year of control.

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