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Offseason Calendar

The offseason started weeks ago, but let’s take an updated look at the offseason calendar as the news and rumors slow down for Thanksgiving. 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. Here’s what has already happened:

  • 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

Here’s what’s ahead:

  • 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 18th - Teams, players exchange arbitration figures
  • February 1st - 21st -  Arbitration hearings take place in Phoenix
  • March 2nd - 11th - Teams can renew contracts of unsigned pre-arbitration eligible players

Dates via MLB.com, the Kansas City Star and USA Today.


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