Offseason MLB Key Dates
Baseball games may be over for now but there is still lots of things to pay attention to in the offseason. Between now and opening day for the 2022 season here is your dates to remember. Discussion that flows among the Players Association and major league baseball will dominate the sports news, but you don’t ant to get left out
November 3: The beginning of a five-day period where teams and players must decide whether to exercise or decline contract options and opt-out clauses for the 2022 season. Eligible free agents cannot sign with anyone but their current team for five more days.
November 7, at 4:00 pm CST-teams must decide to offer QO’s(qualifying offfers at one -year $18MM contracts) to those free agents that are eligible
November 80 This is the official opening of free agency.
November 8-11: General managers’ meetings to be held in Carlsbad, California.
November 17: Players must decide if they accept or reject qualifying offer.
November 19- Teamds make final decisions on whether to add players to 40 man roster or risk having them exposed to Rule 5 draft.
December 1, 11:59 pm: Expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement. If MLB and the MLBPA do not agree on a new CBA by then, the league may institute a lockout that freezes teams’ ability to make transactions until negotiations are resolved.
December 2: Teams must decide whether to give contract to arbitration eligible players
December 6-9: Winter meetings
December 8: Rule 5 draft.
December 15: Conclusion of the 2020-21 international amateur signing period. Typically scheduled to run from July through June, the 2020-21 and 2021-22 international signing periods were delayed to run from January through December as part of MLB’s COVID-19 rules changes.
January 14, 2022: Date for teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange filing figures. Teams and players are still free to settle and avoid arbitration after this date, although many clubs elect to proceed with a “file-and-trial” strategy — essentially deciding to proceed to a hearing with any players with whom a settlement is not reached by then.
January 15, 2022: The scheduled start of the 2021-22 international amateur signing period. The 2021-22 period is scheduled to run through December 15, 2022.
February 26, 2022: Spring Training begins games
March 31, 2022: Opening Day.
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