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The Offseason Schedule

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With the World Series about to start in just a few days, the offseason is right around the corner. A couple of months ago, Joe and I discussed how the Major League offseason contains some vagaries that many fans don’t completely understand. From the way free agency works, to the arbitration system, to exactly how the Rule 5 draft works, the offseason procedure isn’t exactly transparent. I thought starting with the basic schedule would be helpful, and the timing works right now, as the start of the MLB offseason is tied to the end of the World Series.

Right After World Series: Eligible Article XX(B) players become free agents. XX(B) players are what are thought of as “standard” free agents. They have more than 6 years of service time and are beyond team control.

Fourth Day After World Series: Last date to request waivers on Draft-excluded players until next spring. My understanding is that “Draft” being referenced is the Rule 5 draft.

Fifth Day After World Series: (1) Last date to reinstate players from 60-day disabled list; (2) last date to outright potential Minor League free agent without Major League contract, if permissible; (3) last date for former club to tender qualifying offer to XX(B) players; (4) Minor League players become free agents at 5 p.m. ET, if applicable.

Sixth Day After World Series: XX(B) and Minor League free agents may sign with all clubs.

Twelfth Day After World Series: Last date for XX(B) players to accept qualifying offer from former club.

November 10, 2013: Outright waivers secured on or after September 1 expire at 5 p.m. ET.

November 11, 2013: New waiver period begins.

November 11-13, 2013: GM/Owners Meetings.

November 18, 2013: Last date to ask outright waivers on an injured player, if permissible.

November 20, 2013: (1) Last date to outright an injured player to the Minor Leagues, if permissible; (2)reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels filed.

December 2, 2013: Tender deadline for arbitration eligible players.

December 5, 2013: Last date to request outright waivers to assign player prior to Rule 5 Draft.

December 9, 2013: Last date to outright a player prior to Rule 5 Draft.

December 9-12, 2013: Winter Meetings.

December 12, 2013: Rule 5 Draft.

February 2014: Arbitration Hearings.

At the least, I plan on covering free agency (including free agent tenders), arbitration, the winter meetings, and the Rule 5 Draft. I’ll also cover how we can expect these items to affect the Cubs this offseason. However, if there are any particular items you find interesting, please leave them in the comments and we’ll see if we can expand this series to cover them.

Oh, also, on this World Series Eve: Booo Cardinals! Booo! The actual language I’d like to use is a bit more colorful, but this is a family friendly website.

  • Doug S.

    Thanks Noah. Stuff like this is the reason I come here. Looking forward to more.

    Nightmare WS for me, the 2 most hated teams. At least in 2004 when they met there was some intrigue about Boston finally winning one. I don’t plan on watching any of this. Astros-Padres would interest me more.

    • Eddie Von White

      Agree, with all of the above.

    • Noah_I

      I hope the series lives up to expectations! My sister lives in Boston, so I’ll still root for them, but I agree, I don’t know I’ll watch much. I don’t really watch much TV, so if the wife doesn’t have anything on I’ll probably flip it on for background noise. I’d root for Boston a bit more if my nephew was old enough to really care, but he’s only 6 and soccer is his sport of choice these days. Advantage of soccer being your child’s sport of choice: New England Revolution tickets are a lot cheaper than Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins or Celtics tickets. Disadvantage: you have to watch a lot of soccer.

      • Doug S.

        Man, I’ve tried to get into soccer. We go see the Vancouver Whitecaps each year and watch the World Cup and some other big events, but I just don’t feel the game.

      • Noah_I

        I think it’s a sport you really have to invest in understanding to get into. I think if you know what’s going on, you see what that winger is doing when the center is dribbling down the field. To me, though, it’s like watching people run a marathon that just goes back and forth for a couple hours, with about 5 stints of 15 seconds of excitement put in there.

      • Any sport involving dribbling wingers is not a sport for me.

      • PLCB3

        Even basketball?

      • You’re calling them the wrong things.

      • PLCB3

        No. When you use a 3-guard offense, the 2 guards flanking the PG are called wings or wingers. The high post is also called the wing.

      • 1) that would be a shooting forward
        2) nobody (else) calls them that

      • PLCB3

        Actually the SF stands for small forward. And not in a 3-guard offense

      • 1) that would be a shooting forward
        2) nobody (else) calls them that

      • AC0000000

        Actually the SF stands for small forward. And not in a 3-guard offense

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        How about a wet tee shirt contest?

      • Well played Jerry.

      • Well played Jerry.

      • Any sport involving dribbling wingers is not a sport for me.

      • AC0000000

        Even basketball?

      • You’re calling them the wrong things.

      • Eddie Von White

        And why should you have to?

    • Doc Raker

      Agree, the Blackhawks are playing well, jump aboard the bandwagon.

  • Doug S.

    Thanks Noah. Stuff like this is the reason I come here. Looking forward to more.

    Nightmare WS for me, the 2 most hated teams. At least in 2004 when they met there was some intrigue about Boston finally winning one. I don’t plan on watching any of this. Astros-Padres would interest me more.

    • Eddie Von White

      Agree, with all of the above.

    • Noah_I

      I hope the series lives up to expectations! My sister lives in Boston, so I’ll still root for them, but I agree, I don’t know I’ll watch much. I don’t really watch much TV, so if the wife doesn’t have anything on I’ll probably flip it on for background noise. I’d root for Boston a bit more if my nephew was old enough to really care, but he’s only 6 and soccer is his sport of choice these days. Advantage of soccer being your child’s sport of choice: New England Revolution tickets are a lot cheaper than Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins or Celtics tickets. Disadvantage: you have to watch a lot of soccer.

      • Doug S.

        Man, I’ve tried to get into soccer. We go see the Vancouver Whitecaps each year and watch the World Cup and some other big events, but I just don’t feel the game.

    • Doc Raker

      Agree, the Blackhawks are playing well, jump aboard the bandwagon.

  • PLCB3

    Players on the 60-Day DL have to be reinstated 5 days after the World Series. What about the 15-day DL? Or players who were placed on the 60-day list before 60 days are up? What happens if the player is not reinstated?

    • Noah_I

      15 day DL is irrelevant because the active roster and the 40 man roster are the same thing at the end of the season (aside from postseason rosters, of course). Players on the 15 day DL are still on the 40 man roster. Players on the 60 day DL are removed from the 40 man roster, and must either be put back on the 40 man roster after they are removed from the DL or must clear waivers.

  • AC0000000

    Players on the 60-Day DL have to be reinstated 5 days after the World Series. What about the 15-day DL? Or players who were placed on the 60-day list before 60 days are up? What happens if the player is not reinstated?

  • PLCB3

    This is a nightmare WS for me too, but it would be worse if the Sox were white and not red. I don’t hate Boston on the levels of the White Sox or St. Louis, but still not happy about Boston.

  • AC0000000

    This is a nightmare WS for me too, but it would be worse if the Sox were white and not red. I don’t hate Boston on the levels of the White Sox or St. Louis, but still not happy about Boston.

  • PLCB3

    One final thing: What is the schedule for postings about fat people?

    • Noah_I

      I have not yet planned a post exclusively focusing on Big Papi, Prince Fielder and Dan Vogelbach. Maybe next offseason.

      • PLCB3

        What about stories like people falling on collapsed sidewalks that cave in due to their weight, or being buried with their favorite food, ignoring warnings to eat healthier and still living to be really old.

      • Doug S.

        The eve of the World Series and Cubs fans are talking Dan Vogelbach. How do you not love it?

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Speaking of the fattest vegetarian aka Prince Fielder, I was in Detroit this past weekend and the local sports radio shows were all over him and his lack of production this post season. Seems like they are already regretting that massive contract they gave him.

      • I know of a chubby up-and-comer who could, literally, fill the void if they unload Prince.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        But would he steal nachos from fans while going for foul balls?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I heard the same complaints in Milwaukee.

      • PLCB3

        That man needs a few steaks. He’s losing power

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Speaking of the fattest vegetarian aka Prince Fielder, I was in Detroit this past weekend and the local sports radio shows were all over him and his lack of production this post season. Seems like they are already regretting that massive contract they gave him.

      • I know of a chubby up-and-comer who could, literally, fill the void if they unload Prince.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        But would he steal nachos from fans while going for foul balls?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I heard the same complaints in Milwaukee.

      • AC0000000

        That man needs a few steaks. He’s losing power

  • AC0000000

    One final thing: What is the schedule for postings about fat people?

  • Jedi

    Another Cubs fan today – my third son. Wife is doing well. I had the extreme privilege of watching almost every detail of the C-section…amazing.

    • Hats off Jedi… hope the boys let you catch a nap.

    • flyslinger2

      Grats on the baby. It’s never too early to teach them ball and the Cubs. Hey look! I used baseball and Cubs in the same sentence. That’s a rarity when those two things happen together!

    • Wonderful, Jedi, congratulations!! 🙂

    • Doug S.

      Congratulations!!

    • Noah_I

      Congratulations Jedi!

    • Jedi

      Thanks All!

      • Eddie Von White

        Great news, Jedi. I hope you didn’t faint.

    • Doc Raker

      Congrats Jedi! Three ball players, that will keep you busy. You are going to make a wonderful Little League coach. “Why would I hit your son at the top of the line up lady, he has the worst OBP on the team and a negative 2 WAR. Have you ever thought about tennis for your son? At least with tennis he is not accountable to any teammates.”

      • PLCB3

        Not if he’s playing doubles. Every sport you have a team element to it. Even swimming and track with the relays.

      • PLCB3

        And speaking of complaining moms, did anyone hear about the mom in Texas who filed a bullying complaint because her son’s football team lost 91-0? She should complain to Barry. He’d award them the win because no one should have more than someone else

      • Eddie Von White

        I saw that. The coach said the mom was trying to bully him by filing the complaint. It was also noted that the team in their four previous games had scored over 60 points each time, one time it was 84.

      • PLCB3

        Well the school board ruled the complaint had no merit. Case closed. What was he supposed to do ? Take a knee every play?

      • Eddie Von White

        Too bad for the losers, I say. Life’s a bear.

      • PLCB3

        The losing coach had no issue with it. Taking a knee or falling down at the 1 would be more insulting than continuously scoring.
        The only time you purposely fall down at the 1 is when you are doing it in order to kill clock in a close game.

    • PLCB3

      Congratulations to you and your wife on your 3rd kid

  • Jedi

    Another Cubs fan today – my third son. Wife is doing well. I had the extreme privilege of watching almost every detail of the C-section…amazing.

    • Hats off Jedi… hope the boys let you catch a nap.

    • flyslinger2

      Grats on the baby. It’s never too early to teach them ball and the Cubs. Hey look! I used baseball and Cubs in the same sentence. That’s a rarity when those two things happen together!

    • Wonderful, Jedi, congratulations!! 🙂

    • Doug S.

      Congratulations!!

    • Noah_I

      Congratulations Jedi!

    • Jedi

      Thanks All!

    • Doc Raker

      Congrats Jedi! Three ball players, that will keep you busy. You are going to make a wonderful Little League coach. “Why would I hit your son at the top of the line up lady, he has the worst OBP on the team and a negative 2 WAR. Have you ever thought about tennis for your son? At least with tennis he is not accountable to any teammates.”

      • AC0000000

        Not if he’s playing doubles. Every sport you have a team element to it. Even swimming and track with the relays.

      • AC0000000

        And speaking of complaining moms, did anyone hear about the mom in Texas who filed a bullying complaint because her son’s football team lost 91-0? She should complain to Barry. He’d award them the win because no one should have more than someone else

      • Eddie Von White

        I saw that. The coach said the mom was trying to bully him by filing the complaint. It was also noted that the team in their four previous games had scored over 60 points each time, one time it was 84.

      • AC0000000

        Well the school board ruled the complaint had no merit. Case closed. What was he supposed to do ? Take a knee every play?

      • Eddie Von White

        Too bad for the losers, I say. Life’s a bear.

      • AC0000000

        The losing coach had no issue with it. Taking a knee or falling down at the 1 would be more insulting than continuously scoring.
        The only time you purposely fall down at the 1 is when you are doing it in order to kill clock in a close game.

    • AC0000000

      Congratulations to you and your wife on your 3rd kid