Originally Posted by Daver
The clock doesn't start till you are placed on the 25 man roster, unless that changed in the last CBA.
September call ups do count as days on the arbitration clock, even if you are only on the 40-man. It's why a lot of teams don't call many guys up.
Originally Posted by wilburaga
I don't think the arbitration clock is the issue here, it's option years. If Jared (who was reassigned today) were to be called up in September, he'd have to be optioned out next spring, assuming, of course, he doesn't make the team. If he wasn't a September call up, he could be reassigned.
So the Sox would lose one year of options on Jared, but if they're pretty sure he'll arrive within 3-4 years, the pont would be moot.
He's not even on the 40-man roster. They first would have to make a move to clear a space on the 40-man. But then it would eat up an option if he is re-assigned the next year.
This adds to the unlikely scenario that he would be called up this September, but a lot can happen through the course of the year.