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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2 years 10 months ago

Thanks Ben! Good post.

The 7 days that the players have to accept a qualifying offer is less time than previous years when accepting arbitration, correct?

2 years 10 months ago

The offseason is so exciting. Part of me wishes I was a GM.

2 years 10 months ago

Right? The winter meetings alone are mind blowing as fans can you imagine actually being a part of it? Even if its just a member of the front office that isn’t the GM, it must be exciting. Here’s for a good offseason for Boston and wishing Cherington & Co. the best! Go get a playoff team together with scrappy, hard nosed guys who can play and want to be out there every day!

2 years 10 months ago

Qualifying offers are going to hurt some of these guys. Would a team rather sign Edwin Jackson and keep their draft pick or Kyle Lohse and lose it.

2 years 10 months ago