Originally Posted by cws05champ
I don't think this is a service time issue at all...I think it's an Ozzie issue. Even if he came up now he would not accrue enough service time to void his 2012 contract for $2.5M(and Sox would have to exercise a $3.5M option). And the Sox would still have him under team control through 2014.
The early July cutoff date mentioned is such that Viciedo doesn’t finish this season with more than 1 year of service time. If his call-up is delayed it allows the Sox to avoid that 1 year of service before he becomes a full-time 25-man player. This will postpone his free agency by one year. 6 full years of service time is required to be eligible for free agency. One year of service equates to 172 days. Dayan's stay in the bigs last year earned him 83 days. Thus, 89 days is the maximum the organization can allow Viciedo to earn in 2011. 89 days is just under three months, which why the early July date is being bandied about.