Offseason Calendar

With the MLB season nearing its conclusion, it’s time to look ahead to the hot stove. There’s a lot to keep track of in the first full offseason under the sport’s new collective bargaining agreement, so MLBTR has compiled a timeline of offseason events…

  • Immediately after World Series – Eligible players hit free agency
  • Three days after World Series – Option decisions due
  • Five days after World Series – Qualifying offers due
  • Six days after World Series – Free agents can sign contracts with teams other than their former clubs
  • 12 days after World Series – Players must accept or reject qualifying offers
  • November 7th – 9th - GM Meetings
  • November 20th – Deadline for setting 40-man roster in advance of Rule 5 Draft
  • November 30th – Deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players
  • December 3rd – 6th – Winter Meetings
  • December 6th – Rule 5 Draft takes place at Winter Meetings
  • January - Teams, players exchange arbitration figures
  • February -  Arbitration hearings take place

We’ll update this list with specific dates once the World Series ends. Dates via and the Kansas City Star.

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