Originally Posted by duncan_idaho
You can control a player for about 6.8-6.9 years at this point.
If you're trying to control them for an extra year, a lot of teams will go conservative in year one and keep them down an extra week or two past what was projected as necessary to retain that extra year of control, just to be safe.
Fantasy owners hate it, but I expect both the Cardinals and Rays will do it with Taveras and Myers, respectively.
BTW, I would bet on your guy being more of an instant-impact type. He's a little farther away, but he hasn't shown the swing-and-miss tendencies Myers did last year.
See, but I think you dodged the question.
"An extra week or two past what was projected" speaks to Super 2 status and I don't think that has anything to do with team control. That's simply years of arbitration eligibility.
I don't think you have to keep them down past mid-April to get below the 172 day season for the purposes of reaching the 6 years of service time necessary for FA status.