From January 12 to February 21, players with a defined service time (i.e. the number of years that play at the mlb level) will enter the salary arbitration procedure with their teams where the player, probably represented by his agent, will present their case in order to have set the player`s salary by a neutral third-party arbitration tribunal for the coming season. Information that the panel cannot take into account during the hearing includes the financial situation of the team or player, testimony or press commentary on the performance of the team or player, pre-contract negotiations between the team and the player, all costs related to the salary arbitration procedure (i.e. lawyer`s fees) and salaries in other sports or professions. Players who are not entitled to a free agency or salary arbitration procedure are very rarely offered contracts for much more than the league`s minimum wage, as the player does not resort to getting a better salary elsewhere. For this reason, in the first three major years of their careers (with the exception of « Super Two » above), it is common practice for players to accept relatively low salaries, even if their performances are excellent. From time to time, a team may want to commit a player to a long-term contract in its second or third year, and the resulting negotiations may include salaries well above the minimum. A recent example is the contract that Ryan Braun signed for less than a year in his major league career, which would have led him until 2015. In April 2011, he and the Milwaukee Brewers extended that contract until 2020.  MLB uses a wage arbitration system known as endoffer arbitration. Under the current collective agreement between MLB and MLBPA, players are categorized into three categories: (1) Pre-referees; (2) players eligible for salary arbitration; and (3) free agents. These categories are based on the player`s service time (i.e. the number of years and days of major league service a player has in his or her career).
A team has the contractual rights of a player until that player has six years of service and becomes a free agent. A pre-referee player will generally be a player who has less than three years of service, while a player who has at least three years of service but less than six years of service will be allowed to make salary arbitration. After the 2015 season, Angels Outfielder Kole Calhoun had two years and 130 days of play in the major leagues. This landed Calhoun directly on that offseason date for arbitration authorization, so he was eligible for salary arbitration as a « Super Two » player. Typically, players receive increases during arbitration, but their salaries cannot be reduced by more than 20 percent from the previous year.