Important Dates for the Common Baseball Fan

August 15

Last date to select player to avoid Draft-excluded status

August 24

Civil Rights Game, U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

August 29

Unconditional release waivers must be requested by 2 p.m. ET to avoid May 15, 2014 signing restriction

August 31

Waiver Trade Deadline
Postseason eligibility list deadline — 11:59 p.m. ET

September 1

MLB rosters expand to maximum of 40 players
New outright waiver period — secured waivers are good for seven days

September 29

Final day of regular season
Last weekend date waivers will be processed until next Spring Training
Last date that assignable Draft selections may be traded (until start of 2014 season)

October 1

Postseason begins

September 30-October 15

Article XX(D) free agency period

October 23

World Series begins

Right after WS

Eligible XX(B) players become free agents

4th day after

Last date to request waivers on Draft-excluded players until next spring

5th day after

Last date to reinstate players from 60-day disabled list
Last date to outright potential Minor League free agent without Major League contract, if permissable
Last date for former club to tender qualifying offer to XX(B) players
Minor League players become free agents at 5 p.m. ET, if applicable

6th day after

XX(B) and Minor League free agents may sign with all clubs

12th day after

Last date for XX(B) players to accept qualifying offer from former club


GM/Owners Meetings

November 10

Outright waivers secured on or after September 1 expire at 5 p.m. ET

November 11

New waiver period begins

November 18

Last date to ask outright waivers on an injured player, if permissable

November 20

Last date to outright an injured player to the Minor Leagues, if permissable
Reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels filed

December 2

Tender deadline

December 5

Last date to request outright waivers to assign player prior to Rule 5 Draft

December 9

Last date to outright a player prior to Rule 5 Draft

December 9-12

Winter Meetings GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball Yearly) Awards

December 12

Rule 5 Draft


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