The Astros are the champions of the World Championships, as the 2022 baseball season officially concludes. With the party still going on in Houston, the rest of the baseball world is already in the winter business, as the league prepares for its first unofficial season in three years. The 2019-20 season was halted by the pandemic, with that uncertainty continuing to hamper MLB preparations in 2021. Last winter, the holiday season was shut down for 99 days, until the league and players’ union finally agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement.
Thankfully, it looks like we might be in store for nothing but talking on the hot stove during this season, in a welcome return to normalcy. We at MLB Trade Rumors are already in the swing of things, with Matt Schwartz Annual Jury Predictions Our published and annual Offseason توقعات Prediction Series Well underway. In addition, the annual Top 50 Free Agents List and Free Agent Predictor Contest will be coming up soon, so stay tuned.
Here is a summary of the key dates for the offseason in the baseball calendar…
November 6: All eligible players can formally apply for a free agency, although this is technically the start of a free agency, players are still not allowed to negotiate with anyone except their current team. During the five days until the full opening of the Free Agent Market, teams and players must make their own contractual decisions about any club, player, opt-out and mutual options. The commercial market has also completely reopened today, which is rare but rare Not completely uncommon To see an outstanding swap made as soon as the market opens.
7-10 November: General Motors Annual Meetings, which take place this year in Las Vegas.
November 10: The Free Agent Market is officially open, and Free Agents are now free to negotiate and sign with other teams. This is also the deadline for option decisions, as well as the deadline for teams to release eligible offers to eligible free agents. Anthony Franco MLBTR I checked recently Which players are most likely to receive offers of $19.65 million for one year from their current teams, and which players represent more complex decisions for clubs.
November 14-17Awards Week begins, with the league announcing the results of one major prize on each of these four days. The Rookie Of The Year winners on Day 14, General Manager winners on Day 15, Cy Young winners on Day 16, and finally the League Player of the Year on Day 17 have been revealed. Many players can earn extra cash in the form of a contract based on high finishes in these prize races, but there’s an added element to the hot stove this year. Because of the prospects promotion incentive scheme included in the new collective bargaining agreement, the top two AL and NL ROY voting winners will receive a full year of Major League service time, regardless of how much time they have already spent on the active rosters of their clubs.
November 15: The deadline for teams to set their rosters of 40 players before the Rule 5 draft. This typically involves adding some notable junior contestants to the 40 players to prevent them from being selected at R5, and many clubs may be looking to swing deals to free up space for 40 players and mitigate any potential roster crunch .
November 18: The deadline for non-bidding, as by this date the teams must decide whether or not to bid. Players eligible to referee. This date represents a marked difference to the regular off-season calendar, where the non-tender deadline is usually late November or early December. As we get closer to the decision date of the 40-person roster, it seems very possible that we’ll see some more previous non-tender decisions than usual, so teams can free up more roster places.
November 20: Deadline for free agents who have issued eligible offers to decide whether or not to accept QO.
December 4-7: Annual Winter Meetings, which will take place this year in San Diego.
December 7: Draft Rule 5, goes back to its usual date on the last day of the Winter Meetings. Draft Rule 5 was canceled last year due to the shutdown, the first time since 1891 that some form of R5 has not occurred.
January 13: Application deadline for teams and players eligible for arbitration to submit 2023 salary figures. Judging hearings will begin in March, although teams and players can agree on salary at any time (even minutes before) the hearing. However, many teams are adopting a “file and trial” approach, which means they will automatically choose to attend a hearing with any player who does not agree to the salary by January 13, without further discussion of the arbitration avoidance deal.
January 15: The window for international signing officially opens and closes 11 months later on December 15, 2023. Several prominent names will sign for the International 2023 Class on the first day the market opens, as many of these potential clients have already agreed to unofficial deals with teams years in advance. Because Major League Baseball and the MLBPA Did not reach an agreement Depending on the league’s desire to implement a draft for International Prospects, the current international signing scheme and qualifying bid scheme will remain in place for the duration of the CBA (despite the 2026 season).
February 24: The Spring Training Games officially begin.
March 8The World Baseball Classic begins, with matches played in Taichung, Tokyo, Phoenix, and Miami over the course of 14 days of the 20-team event. WBC returns for the first time since 2017, as the 2021 tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.
March 30: opening day