Monday, November 06, 2006

Important Offseason Dates

Here are MLB's important upcoming dates:

Nov. 13-17 — General managers’ meetings, Naples, Fla.

Nov. 16 — Owners’ meeting, Chicago.

Dec. 1 — Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became free agents. Dec. 4-7 — Winter meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Dec. 4-8 — Major League Baseball Players Association executive board meeting, Bonita Springs, Fla. Dec. 7 — Last day for free agents offered salary arbitration to accept or reject the offers.

Dec. 12 — Last day for teams to offer 2007 contracts to unsigned players.

Jan 5-15 — Salary arbitration filing.

Jan. 18 — Exchange of salary arbitration figures.

Feb. 1-21 — Salary arbitration hearings.

Feb. 15— Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players.

Feb. 20— Voluntary reporting date for other players.

Feb. 27— Mandatory reporting date.

March 2-11 — Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players.

March 14— Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days.

March 28— Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2007 salary.

April 1 — Opening day. Active rosters reduced to 25 players.

July 10 — All-Star game, San Francisco.

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