Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Important Dates on the Red Sox/MLB Calendar

Oct. 28 — World Series begins in city of American League champion

Nov. ? —Free agent filing period begins 15 days after World Series ends

Nov. 9-11 — General managers meetings, Chicago

Nov. TBA — The first day teams can sign any free agent

Nov. 20 — Day to file reserve lists for all minor league levels and major leagues

Dec. 1 — Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became ranked free agents in order to be eligible for compensation

Dec. 7-10 — Baseball winter meetings, Indianapolis

Dec. TBA — Last day for free agents to accept an arbitration offer from former team

Dec. 10 — Major League Rule 5 Draft -- Winter Meetings, Indianapolis

Dec. 12 — Last day for teams to offer 2010 contracts to unsigned players

Jan 5-15 — Salary arbitration filing period

Jan. TBA — Owners' meetings

Jan. 19 — Exchange of salary arbitration figures

Feb. 1-21 — Salary arbitration hearings period, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Feb. 18 — Spring training: MLB voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players

Feb. 23 — Spring training: MLB voluntary reporting date for other players

March 2 — Spring training: Mandatory reporting date for players

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

March 3 — First Red Sox spring training game

March 17 — Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days

March 31 — Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2010 salary

April 4 — MLB Opening Night: Teams TBA; active rosters reduced to 25 players

April 5 — Opening Day: Red Sox vs. Yankees at Fenway Park

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