- The MLBPA wants players credited with a full year in 2020 if they earned at least 60 days of service in 2019 no matter how many games are played this year.
- MLB is willing to give players credit for a full season at 130 days in 2020 rather than the usual 172.
- If fewer than 130 games are played, MLB would pro-rate service time accordingly.
It takes 172 days to get credit for a full year of service time, though there are 186 days in a typical 162-game regular season. A player needs three full years of service to become arbitration-eligible (some players qualify with less than three years under the Super Two provision) and six years to become free agent eligible.Service time is already a contentious issue — teams manipulate service time to gain what amounts to an extra year of control of their best young players — and talks could get ugly during the shutdown. Ideally, the MLBPA wants players to be credited with a full season no matter how games are played in 2020. The owners won’t want to give up team control in a shortened season, however.No player has more on the line during service time negotiations than Dodgers star Mookie Betts. He is one year away from free agency — to be exact, he is 102 service time days from free agency — and he’s a 0 million player on the open market. Betts will hit free agency at age 28 after the season. If he doesn’t get those 102 days in 2020, he’ll have to wait a year for his payday.