Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
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.
May 1-September 30 gets you to 153 days, so yeah, Mid-April should be about right. Depends on when the season starts/ends.
I think teams have been conservative with that because the mark has changed a few times over the years. Killing two birds with one stone and trying to avoid Super 2 makes sense, also, and I think that's what a lot of teams do.
Obviously, for the Cardinals, Super 2/extra year of arb matters less than to a team like KC or Tampa.