Team Control and Aaron Hicks
The Twins will have a decision to make about Aaron Hicks and Kyle Gibson.
Do they make the opening day roster?
Waiting until early May will allow them an extra year of team control. They did this with Dozier last year waiting until May 7. Though criticized in an article about opening presents on this site, they did wait long enough. They did risk arbitration a year earlier but did not risk a year of team control. Mid market teams like the Twins can afford to start the arbitration process a year earlier for a super 2.
Should the Twins wait the 3-4 weeks necessary to ensure that Hicks and Gibson will not earn a year of service time? Isn't a full season in their prime better than a month of their rookie season?
Would anyone advocate the Twins wait through the super 2 threshold (likely late June) in order to save some dollars in arbitration?