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Important dates: offseason and 2008

October 24, 2007

World Series opens.

Game 1: Wednesday, Oct. 24, AL city

Game 2: Thursday, Oct. 23, AL city

Game 3: Saturday, Oct. 25, NL city

Game 4: Sunday, Oct. 26, NL city

Game 5: Monday, Oct. 27, NL city (if necessary)

Game 6: Wednesday, Oct. 31, AL city (if necessary)

Game 7: Thursday, Nov. 1, AL city (if necessary)

Close of 2007 World Series

The day after the end of the World Series marks the beginning of the 15-day period during which eligible players may elect free agency or demand a trade. Former club retains exclusive negotiating rights until 15-day filing period expires. A player who has filed for free agency may engage in general discussions with other clubs but may not discuss contract details or sign with them until the filing period ends Nov. 11. CBA, Article XX (B).


4th day after 2007 World Series

Last date to request waivers on draft-excluded players until 25 days prior to the opening of the 2008 season. MLR 10 (e) (6).

16th day after 2007 World Series

First day Major League free agents may negotiate and sign with a club other than their former club. Article XX (B)(2)©.


November 5-8, 2007

General managers' meetings, Orlando.


November 10, 2007

End of waiver period (August 1 - November 10). Waivers secured on or after August 1, 2006, expire at 5 p.m. EST. MLR 10 ©(4).


November 11, 2007

Beginning of new waiver period (November 11, 2007 - February 15, 2008). Waivers secured on or after Nov. 11, 2007, remain in effect until February 15, 2008.

Exception: special waivers.

November 20, 2007

Deadline day for clubs to file reserve lists for Major League club and all Minor League levels.


Last date to make an off-season outright assignment of an injured player to the Minor Leagues if the player does not meet the requirements listed in Article XIX © (b) of the CBA.


December 1, 2007

Last day for clubs to offer salary arbitration to their former players who have filed for free agency. A club not offering arbitration may continue to negotiate with the player but does not receive compensation if he signs with another club.


December 3-6, 2007

Winter Meetings, Nashville.


December 6, 2007

Rule 5 Draft.


December 7, 2007

Last day for a free agent offered salary arbitration by his former club to accept or reject the offer. If player rejects the offer to go to arbitration, his former club may continue to negotiate with and sign him.


December 12, 2007

Last day for teams to offer 2008 contracts to unsigned players, as required by Paragraph 10 (a) of the Uniform Player Contract.

January 5-15, 2008

Salary arbitration filing. CBA, Article VI (F) (5).

January 18, 2008

Exchange of salary arbitration figures between MLB Labor Relations Committee and MLB Players Association.

February 1-21, 2008

Salary arbitration hearings. CBA, Article VI (F) (5).

February 14, 2008

Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers & injured players.

CBA, Article XIV (A).

February 15, 2008

End of waiver period (November 11 - February 15). Waivers secured on or after November 11, 2007, expire at 5 p.m. EST.

February 16, 2008

Beginning of new waiver period (February 16 - April 28). Outright waivers secured on or after February 16 remain in effect for 7 days or until 5 p.m. EST, April 28, 2008 (the 30th day of the season), whichever is earlier. Optional waivers secured on or after February 16 remain in effect until 5 p.m. EST April 28, 2008.

Exception: special waivers. MLR 10 (f).


February 19, 2008

Voluntary reporting date for other players.

February 26, 2008

Mandatory reporting date. CBA, Article XIV (A).

March 2-11, 2008

Clubs may renew contracts of unsigned players. Paragraph 10 (a) of Uniform Player Contract.


March 12, 2008

Last day (by 2 p.m. EST) to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay only 30 days' termination pay. CBA, Article IX (B). (For split contracts, the Major League rate of termination pay is owed if Unconditional Release waivers are requested after 2 p.m. EST. However, the requirement for split contract termination pay does not apply for players who may not be assigned to the minor leagues without their consent and for players selected in the preceding Rule 5 draft.)

March 26, 2008

Last day (by 2 p.m. EST) to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2007 salary. (Only 45 days' termination pay is due.) CBA, Article IX (B).


March 30, 2008

Opening Day.

All clubs must reduce their active rosters to 25 players before March 30, 2008.


April 28, 2008

End of waiver period (February 16 - April 28). Waivers secured on or after February 16, 2008, expire at 5 p.m. EST.

April 29, 2008

Beginning of new waiver period (April 29 - July 31). Waivers secured on or after April 29 (the 31st day of the season) remain in effect through 5 p.m. EST July 31. MLR 10 ©(4). After April 29, outright assignments to the minor leagues may be made only with outright waivers in effect.

May 15, 2008

Earliest date a club may re-sign a player it unconditionally released between midnight Aug. 31, 2007 and March 30, 2008. MLR 8 (i) (2).

June, 2008 (TBA)

First Year Player Draft. MLR 4.


June 16, 2008

First day a club may trade a player who was signed after the expiration of the 15-day free agency election period. A Club may assign the contract prior to this date for other player contracts and/or a cash consideration of no more than $50,000 if the player gives his written consent. CBA, Article XX (B) (6).

July 31, 2008

Deadline (4 p.m. EST) for trading players without waivers in effect. MLR 10 (b)(1).


End of waiver period (April 29 - July 31). Waivers secured on or after April 29, 2008, expire at 5 p.m. EST. Major League Waivers in effect between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. EST may only be used for optional assignments.

August 1, 2008

Beginning of new waiver period (August 1 - September 28). Trade waivers secured on or after August 1, 2008, remain in effect until 5 p.m. EST, September 28, 2008 (the last day of the 2008 season). Outright waivers secured on or after August 1, 2008, remain in effect until midnight EST, August 31, 2008. MLR 10©(4)(iv).


Players may be traded only after Major League waivers have been secured in the current waiver period. MLR 10 (b) (1).

August 15, 2008

Last date to sign players selected in June Rule 4 Draft, except for college seniors, who may sign at any time.


Last date to bring player up for "full trial" to avoid draft-excluded status.

MLR 6 (e).

August 31, 2008

Post-season eligibility lists are established at midnight. MLR 40. To be eligible, a player must be a bona fide member of a qualifying team on Aug. 31 and must remain a bona fide member until the end of the applicable post-season series.


Any player unconditionally released between midnight August 31, 2008, and Opening Day of the 2009 season may not be re-signed to a Major League contract by the releasing club until May 15, 2009. MLR 8 (i) (2).

September 1, 2008

Active Major League rosters expand from 25 to 40 players.

September 28, 2008

Close of the 2008 regular season.





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