Service time is shown as Y.DDD (meaning a player with 3 years, 89 days of service would have 3.089 years of service). Additionally, 172 days counts as a full year of service and no more than 1 year of service can be earned in a single season (meaning that if a player has 4.171 years of service at the start of the season, the most he could have by the season's end is 5.171 years of service).
Players on pace to be Free Agents following the 2016 season:
|Bartolo Colon||18.061 yrs|
|Jose Reyes||13.037 yrs||Club option for 2017 - exercised|
|Kelly Johnson||11.127 yrs|
|James Loney||9.137 yrs|
|Jay Bruce||8.125 yrs||Club option for 2017 - exercised|
|Alejandro De Aza||7.139 yrs|
|Jon Niese||7.107 yrs||Club option for 2017 - declined|
|Jerry Blevins||7.081 yrs|
|Neil Walker||6.166 yrs||Qualifying offer|
|Fernando Salas||6.048 yrs|
|Yoenis Cespedes||5.000 yrs||Player opted out for 2017; Qualifying offer|
Players on pace to be Arbitration Eligible following the 2016 season:
|Player||Proj Service||Type||Est Salary||Notes|
|Lucas Duda||5.137 yrs||4th & final arb year|
|Former Super 2|
|Rene Rivera||5.070 yrs||3rd & final arb year|
|Justin Ruggiano||5.023 yrs||3rd & final arb year|
|Outrighted off 40-man|
|Addison Reed||5.001 yrs||3rd & final arb year|
|Matt Harvey||4.072 yrs||2nd arb year|
|Jeurys Familia||4.030 yrs||2nd arb year|
|Josh Edgin||3.096 yrs||1st arb year|
|Jim Henderson||3.116 yrs||1st arb year|
|Outrighted off 40-man|
|Zack Wheeler||3.098 yrs||1st arb year|
|Travis d'Arnaud||3.044 yrs||1st arb year|
|Wilmer Flores||3.003 yrs||1st arb year|
|Jacob deGrom||2.139 yrs||1st arb year|
|Likely Super 2|
Note - The projected cutoff for Super 2 status in 2016 is TBD.
Note - The cutoff for Super 2 status in 2015 was 2.130 yrs.
Note - The cutoff for Super 2 status in 2014 was 2.133 yrs.
Note - The cutoff for Super 2 status in 2013 was 2.122 yrs.
Note - The cutoff for Super 2 status in 2012 was 2.140 yrs.
Note - For players listed as being in their final arbitration year, it is assumed that they will get the necessary ML service time next season to pass the 6 year service mark and thus be eligible for Major League free agency.
Note - For most players, the 1st arbitration year is defined as 3.000 to 3.171 years of service, 2nd as 4.000 to 4.171, and 3rd as 5.000 to 5.171. For Super Twos, the 1st arbitration year is defined as 2.000 to 2.171 years of service, 2nd as 3.000 to 3.171, 3rd as 4.000 to 4.171, and 4th as 5.000 to 5.171. This is regardless of the number of times the player has actually been arbitration eligible. For example, if a non-Super Two player has 3.000 years of service, he's in his 1st arbitration year. If he accumulates 150 days of service the following year, he will have 3.150 years of service that offseason, and will still be listed as being in his 1st arbitration year, despite it technically being the 2nd time he is arbitration eligible.
Players become eligible for salary arbitration once they have accrued 3 years of Major League service time. Additionally, a subset of players with less than 3 years of service is also eligible. To be arbitration eligible as a Super Two, one must be in the top 22% by service time among players with more than 2 years, but less than 3 years of service who have earned at least 86 days of service in the past season.
Players become eligible for free agency once they have accrued 6 years of Major League service time. Teams retain the right to make a qualifying offer to these players. A qualifying offer is a one-year contract valued at the average of the top 125 MLB salaries from the prior year (in 2012, that was roughly $13.3M). If the player rejects the qualifying offer, he becomes a free agent, however the team that made him the qualifying offer is entitled to a compensation draft pick immediately after the end of the first round of the upcoming draft whould he sign a Major League contract elsewhere. The team signing such a free agent would forfeit its first eligible draft pick (i.e. its first pick outside the Top 10 overall).
Thanks to Jeff Euston and his terrific site Cot's Contracts, without which these lists would not be as accurate.