I've been getting Super Two and arbitration clock questions all day, probably because of the Wandy Rodriguez injury and the chance that Gerrit Cole could come up soon. Rather than answering these over and over, I'm going to go over the deadlines here. Then I can just send people here when I keep getting the questions over and over.
Question 1: When will Gerrit Cole be eligible for an extra year of control?
Answer: He already is. One year of service time is 172 days. A player isn't eligible for free agency until he passes 6.000 years of service time. If Cole came up today, he'd have 0.117 years of service time this season, giving him six full years of control remaining. So no matter when he comes up, the Pirates control his rights through the 2019 season.
Question 2: When will Gerrit Cole avoid Super Two status?
Answer: There is no specific date here. Super Two status is awarded to players with more than two, but less than ...
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