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Re: Nationals vs Phillies, Game 3
« Reply #75: September 09, 2017, 11:40:50 PM »
Can someone explain to me what the MLB clock means and how the call up actually affects Robles? I don’t understand the rules fully?
A player with 6 or more years service time can become a free agent.   A season is something like 170 (172?) days of service time.  One trick to getting almost an extra season of control of a player is to keep his time just below a full season's credit his rookie year.  That's why you  often see guys called up around 4/20 or so.   Service time also figures into arbitration rights.  Most players are arbitration eligible for the first time after 3 years of service time, except something like the 20% of players with the most service time among those with less the 3 years become eligible sooner and get a 4th year of arbitration (the so-called "super 2s").  Another factor in calling up a player is that, once a player has been put on your 40 man roster, you only get to send him back to the minors generally 3 times.   All of these rules have subtleties, but, with respect to Robles, by adding him to the roster, he earns service time, and, if he does not start the year with the Nats in 2018, more than likely we start burning option years.  I think the month service time he earns for September counts towards his first year of service.