If you see Mark Attanasio today and he's smiling, it's because he's got a few extra bucks in his pocket.
The collective bargaining agreement has a somewhat confusing and odd rule regarding arbitration. It states that all players with over three years of service time are eligible, and in addition players in the top 22% of service time among players between two and three years also qualify as what's known as a "Super 2." Those players get four arbitration-eligible seasons instead of three and usually a notable pay increase.
MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that this year's Super 2 cutoff is two years, 139 days of service time. No Brewers will qualify for Super 2 status, but one just missed: Catcher Jonathan Lucroy finished the season at two years, 136 days.
When Lucroy signed his five year, $11 million deal, it included a clause that would raise the value of the contract by $2 million if he was a Super 2 this winter. The change would've been spread out over the course of the deal as shown:
|Season||Salary||w/ Super 2|
|2014||$2 million||$2.3 million|
|2015||$3 million||$3.3 million|
|2016||$4 million||$4.25 million|
|Total||$9.75 million||$11.75 million|
Lucroy was called up to the majors for the first time on May 21, 2010 to fill Gregg Zaun's roster spot when he was injured. If he'd come up on May 18, he'd be $2 million richer.