Jenrry Mejia

Mejia, Recker could be Super Two eligible

Jenrry Mejia and Anthony Recker could be Super Two eligible at the end of the season (MLBTR, April 11).

Mejia’s service time is 1.14, Recker’s is 1.128, and with another full season they would both reach the 2.128 service time needed for Super Two eligibility.

This status would make them eligible for salary arbitration, which usually occurs at a full three years of service time. They would still be under team control for another three seasons, but it gives them a chance to go to arbitration a year earlier than normal.




24 comments
Doubleday
Doubleday

SO what you're saying is that Teagarten and Matsuzaka will both play about 50 games with the Mets, while Mejia and Recker are held back from Super 2.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

I don't think anyone in Sandy's dysfunctional management cadre is worried about Recker's super two status. The guy is a decent backup with occasional power. Jury is also out on Mejia but the upside is definitely there. I know it's only April but it's NEVER too early to start thinking about next season. Would like to see them use our deep well of young pitching to obtain better position players. Who? A professional 2B which would allow them to move Murphy to 1B and end this silly and ineffective trifecta.

1harris1
1harris1

Something tells me they're not terribly concerned with Recker's super two status, but maybe that's just me.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

For a major league baseball team that plays in the most lucrative market in the world, this should NEVER be a topic of conversation.  Every times it's mentioned it just illuminates ownerships gross incompetence. 

rodd
rodd

i wish recker would be their number 1 catcher, then the lineup would have more power and a very good catcher.

archer41
archer41

Tired of all the super 2 and arbitration eligible talk.  Want to see the best team right now, case closed.  If Fred can't afford this, please sell.  

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Guess who gets traded for a bat this off season.

72tilltc
72tilltc

The mets can only root that the super 2 eligible players stink so they wont have to pay them. They were expecting Harvey Wheeler and Travis d to be super 2's and break the bank. But ya never know Wheeler is close to pitching his way to Vegas Travis cant catch or hit He can throw. Harvey is hurt. The best laid plans .. Mejia looks like the real deal.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

Shouldn't expect any discounts if trying to resign them in free agency if sticking them in the minors long enough to avoid super 2 on purpose.  

James
James

This is why the Mets fudged on Mejia earlier in the year, I think they ended up figuring (correctly) that Mejia will likely be down at some point anyway and this will become a non-issue.  If it doesn't, then a bonus that he has been able to pitch a full year.

Chris
Chris

To be clear, that 2.128 is an estimate (a good one, but not necessarily 100% exact). MLBTR adjusted their initial estimate from last year by a game, IIRC. So while Mejia is a clear YES with a full year of service time, Recker is right on the fence and could go either way. Also, Carlos Torres, who at 2.114 with a full year is the next closest Met, is a safe NO.

jamets
jamets

They are under team control for 4 more years after this one, not 3.

AJD
AJD

Extra year of arbitration on Mejia because he was ineffectually used out of the BP two years ago. 

Recker, eh.

vipregan
vipregan

Next post: The Mets have optioned Jenrry Mejia and Anthony Recker to AAA Las Vegas.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@Macacawitz  Every team in baseball takes steps to save money, including keeping an eye on service time for their young players. Yes, the Wilpons are screwing over the fans by trying to hold onto a team they can't afford... but not every prudent measure the team takes to save money is evidence of perfidy.  :V

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@rodd  Recker's a useful backup, but d'Arnaud has WAY more upside. If you're writing the kid off because of his first 100 at bats in the majors, you're going to make a very, very bad GM.

1harris1
1harris1

Give d'Arnaud a chance. It's the second week of the season and so many people are jumping on the kid. There are many scouts throughout baseball that are high on him. Sometimes with young players it just takes awhile to figure things out.

Chris
Chris

@Father Dooley Players with less than 3 years of MLB service time get their contracts renewed at (or close to) the Major League minimum (in 2014, that's $500K). The exception is the Super 2s. To qualify as a Super 2, you have to be in the top 22% (by service time) of the class of players with between 2 and 3 years of service who also have spent at least 86 days on the active roster in the previous season. Those players get to go to arbitration for their salary, rather than getting the league minimum. For a guy like Recker, it'll mean an extra few hundred thousand or so. But for a more accomplished player, it could be a difference of several million bucks (and since arbitration salaries build off one another, that several million bucks is perpetuated through the player's arbitration years, until he hits free agency).

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@Father Dooley  For Mejia, it means that if he stays healthy and effective, he'll probably earn around $2-3M more per year over the next four seasons than he would if he spent 6 weeks in the minors this year and thus failed to reach eligibility.

Not a vast amount on its own, but if several of your top young players reach Super 2, you could wind up paying an extra $10 or $15M a year just in arbitration raises that might have been avoided with a few weeks of frustrating service time jockeying earlier in their careers.

Needless to say, the Mets are trying to avoid that scenario. But it seems like with Mejia, they've calculated that his checkered health history will make all that less urgent.

As for Recker, he's a bench guy they got on waivers. They'll just cut him if his salary goes beyond what they want to pay. Super2 might bring that about a year sooner.

jamets
jamets

Recker's not going to make $2-3 million per year.  He'll get non-tendered before he sees any real money in arbitration.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@Joe Wenzel  Surely you don't think Marlins fans have it better. The Marlins don't give a crap about Super 2 status because they just trade away any young star who becomes expensive so they can live in perpetual annoying mediocrity, raking in revenue sharing cash and putting a team full of rookies on the field every year.

mets2891
mets2891

@Joe Wenzel Yeah, this super 2 garbage is starting to hurt the team when there are plenty of arms in the minors who can help the team NOW but are being held back.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@jamets  That's why I said "For Mejia". Obviously, backup catchers don't have the same kind of earning potential as starting pitchers with wicked cutters. :)