MLB Offseason 2017-18

Important Dates

  • Nov. 2: Commencement of a five-day, exclusive negotiation window that teams have with their own free agents.
  • Nov. 6: The deadline for MLB clubs to formally issue one-year qualifying offers (valued at $17.4MM this offseason, as reported by MLBTR) to free agents. Those players will have 10 days to weigh the offers and can negotiate with other clubs during that 10-day window. This is also the deadline for teams and players to exercise or decline contractual options (though many option decisions will be announced before that date).
  • Nov. 7: Free agents can officially begin negotiating with other clubs.
  • Nov. 13-16: General Managers’ meetings take place in Orlando, Fla.
  • Nov. 20: Deadline for teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Dec. 1: Deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.
  • Dec. 10-14: MLB’s annual Winter Meetings take place in Orlando, Fla.
  • Dec. 14: The Rule 5 Draft is held on the final day of the Winter Meetings.
  • Jan. 13: Arbitration exchange day — the date on which teams and players must exchange filing numbers for arbitration. Hearings, if necessary, typically begin in early February.
  • Mar. 29: Opening Day! Baseball is back.


Related Links:
Projected Rosters     Team Payroll     Transaction Tracker     40-Man Roster Additions/Rule 5 Draft Prospects

*Roster Resource’s MiLB Power Ranking is based on Year-To-Date Production using several weighted categories. Age and level are factors.