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Happy 5 service years, Darwin Barney!

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For one Blue Jay, yesterday was more than just a marathon game - it marked a milestone in his career.

Coming into the 2016 season, Barney had accumulated 4 years and 85 days of credited major league service, according to Baseball-Reference among others. Article XXI(A) of the Collective Agreement provides that for service time purposes, 172 days constitutes a full season (provided that no more than one year of service time can be accumulated per season, since there are usually about 183 days in a major league season).

Yesterday marked the 87th day of the 2016 season (April 3rd to June 28th inclusive), all of which Barney has spent on the major league roster. When added to his previous 85 days, he's hits the 172 day threshold to be considered an additional full year, giving him five full years.

Why is this significant, or matter at all beyond being a nice round number? At Bluebird Banter, we track player option statuses, on our Blue Jays Option and Outright Status Table, which is available from the main landing page under the "Library" heading and updated periodically (usually near the beginning of the month).

As that table shows, Barney was optioned in 2014 and 2015, meaning that he has one option year left and was one of just three position players on the 25-man roster (along with Devon Travis, Kevin Pillar, and Ryan Goins) who could be optioned. However, players with 5 years of service time gain the right to decline any optional assignment, and so effectively Barney cannot now be optioned. Given how well he's been playing this year, this is a de facto moot point right now anyway, but if Barney were to struggle the Jays couldn't simply option him down.

This is also a good opportunity to highlight a change to the Option and Outright Table that will be implemented when it is next updated over the weekend: the service time in the chart will be updated in-season, whereas until now it has simply reflected the number at the beginning of the season. This way, Joe Biagini and others won't show up anachronistically as having 0.000 years service despite having roster time, and Barney's full 5.000 years will be reflected.

Below is the 40-man chart, with updated service time through last night (June 28th) that will shortly be updated in the permanent link:

Player Pos. Can Option? Outright Choice MLB Service Added to 40-Man Opt 1 Opt 2 Opt 3 First Outright Opt'd less than 20d
Dustin Antolin RHP Yes None 0.002 5/2016 2016
Darwin Barney 2B No Refuse 5.000 8/2010 2014 2015 2015
Jose Bautista RF No Refuse 11.080 12/2003 2005 2006
Joe Biagini RHP No^ None 0.087 12/2015
Andy Burns IF Yes None 0.014 5/2016 2016
Brady Dragmire RHP Yes None 0.000 11/2015 2016
Ezequiel Carrera OF No Elect FA 2.126 11/2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Brett Cecil LHP No Refuse 6.067 5/2009 2009 2011 2012 2010
Darrell Ceciliani OF Yes None 0.083 5/2015 2015 2016
Jesse Chavez RHP No Refuse 6.023 8/2008 2011 2012 2013 2011 2010
Chris Colabello 1B Yes* Elect FA 2.072 5/2013 2013 2014 2015
R.A. Dickey RHP No Refuse 10.094 4/2001 2005 2008 2009 2001 2001/05/06
Matt Dominguez 3B Yes* None 2.072 9/2011 2012 2015 2016
Josh Donaldson 3B No Elect FA 4.073 4/2010 2010 2011 2012
Edwin Encarnacion DH No Refuse 11.000 11/2003 2004 2005 2010 2007/10
Marco Estrada RHP No Refuse 6.122 8/2008 2009 2010 2010
Chad Girodo LHP Yes None 0.042 4/2016 2016
Ryan Goins SS Yes None 2.031 11/2012 2013 2014 2015
Jason Grilli RHP No Refuse 9.103 11/1999 2000 2001 2003 2002
J.A. Happ LHP No Refuse 7.134 6/2007 2007 2008 2010/11/15
Gavin Floyd RHP No Refuse 9.132 9/2004 2005 2006 2007 2015
Drew Hutchison RHP Yes* Elect FA 3.130 4/2012 2013 2016 2015
Junior Lake OF No Elect FA 1.147 11/2011 2012 2013 2015 2016 2014
Aaron Loup LHP Yes* Elect FA 3.156 7/2012 2016
Russell Martin C No Refuse 10.065 11/2004 2005 2006
Blake MacFarland RHP Yes None 0.000 11/2015 2016
Franklin Morales LHP No Refuse 7.094 8/2007 2008 2009 2010 2007
Roberto Osuna RHP Yes None 1.087 4/2015
Kevin Pillar OF Yes None 2.028 8/2013 2014
Dalton Pompey CF Yes None 0.088 9/2014 2015 2016
Ben Rowen RHP Yes None 0.029 11/2013 2014 2015 2016
Aaron Sanchez RHP Yes None 1.156 7/2014
Michael Saunders LF No Refuse 6.053 7/2009 2010 2011
Bo Schultz RHP Yes None 1.025 11/2013 2014 2015 2016
Justin Smoak 1B No Refuse 5.164 4/2010 2010 2012 2014
Drew Storen RHP No Refuse 6.055 5/2010 2013
Marcus Stroman RHP Yes None 2.063 5/2014 2014
Ryan Tepera RHP Yes None 0.129 11/2014 2015 2016
Josh Thole C No Refuse 5.080 8/2009 2010 2013 2015
Devon Travis 2B Yes None 1.087 4/2015
Troy Tulowitzki SS No Refuse 9.120 8/2006
Pat Venditte P Yes None 0.150 6/2015 2016 2015

There was another piece of positive news for Barney yesterday as D1Baseball's Aaron Fitt named his 2016 "All-Fitt" team of college players, as well as a 10 year anniversary team of 35, on which Barney placed at SS. Barney was a three years starter at Oregon State, from 2005-07, including on back-to-back national champions in 2006 and 2007.