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Important offseason dates in baseball

Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:31 am
By Evan Brunell

Baseball is set to begin free agency on 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, October 30.

Free agency was originally supposed to begin on Saturday, October 29, but baseball pushed it back a day in conjunction with news regarding the latest labor agreement. Below, you can find baseball's most important dates:
  • All options must be exercised or declined by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 31. Whether it is a team, player or mutual option, the decision must be made by Monday.
  • Free agents have four days from filing for free agency in which they can only talk to their current team about a contract. On 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday, Nov. 3, players can talk with and sigh contracts with any team.
  • The last day for a team to offer salary arbitration to Type A or B free agents is midnight ET on Nov. 23. By not offering arbitration, teams would lose the right to draft-pick compensation.
  • Free agents then have two weeks to accept or reject arbitration with a deadline of midnight on Dec. 7.
  • The winter meetings, home to many trades and signings, will commence on Dec. 5 and run the whole week in Dallas, Texas until the 8th.
  • Teams have until 5 p.m. ET to outright a player off the roster in preparation for the Rule 5 draft, which takes place on Dec. 8.
  • Players with less than six years of service time must be tendered contracts by Dec. 12.

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