Transaction Calendar

MLR = Major League Rule
CBA = Collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the players association.

October 27, 2015
111th World Series begins

First day after World Series (November 2, 2015)
Eligible players become free agents at 9 a.m. ET.

Third day after World Series (November 4, 2015)
Deadline to exercise or decline most options. (Date may vary.)

Fifth day after end of World Series (November 6, 2015)
Deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents

Sixth day after end of World Series (November 7, 2015)
First day free agents may sign contracts with a club other than their former club.

12th day after end of World Series (November 13, 2015)
Last date for Article XX (B) free agents to accept a qualifying offer from a former club (midnight ET)

November 20, 2015
Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels.

December 2, 2015
Last date for clubs to offer 2016 contracts to unsigned players (midnight ET).

December 7-10, 2015
Winter Meetings, Nashville, Tenn.

December 10, 2015
Rule 5 Draft

January 12, 2016
Salary arbitration filing date. CBA, Article VI (E)(2).

January 15, 2016
Exchange of salary arbitration figures between MLB Labor Relations Department and MLB Players Association. CBA, Article VI (E) (2).

February 1-21, 2016
Salary arbitration hearings.

February 15, 2016
End of waiver period (Nov. 11, 2015 – Feb. 15, 2016). Outright Waivers secured on or after Nov. 11, 2015, expire at 1 p.m. ET on the seventh day after waivers are obtained or 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 15, 2016, whichever is earlier.

February 16, 2016
Beginning of new waiver period (February 16 – May 2). Outright Waivers secured on or after February 16, 2015, remain in effect for 7 days or until 5 p.m. EST, May 2, 2015 (the 30th day of the 2016 season), whichever is earlier. Optional Waivers secured on or after February 16 remain in effect until 5 p.m. EST on the 30th day of the 2016 season (May 2, 2016). MLR 10.

February 18, 2016
Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players.

February 23, 2016
Voluntary reporting date for position players.

March 1, 2016
Mandatory reporting date.

March 2-11, 2016
Clubs may renew contracts of unsigned players. Paragraph 10 (a) of Uniform Player Contract.

March 16, 2016
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player and pay only 30 days’ termination play. CBA, Article IX(B).

March 25, 2016
Earliest date a club may backdate placement of a player on 15-day Major League disabled list. MLR 2(g)(1).

March 30, 2016
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player without having to pay full 2016 salary. (Players with non-guaranteed contracts released between March 17 and March 30 receive 45 days’ termination pay.) CBA, Article IX (B).

April 3, 2016
Opening Night of 2016 season. All clubs must reduce their active rosters to 25 players.

April 9, 2016
First date a player placed on Major League disabled list during Spring Training may be activated. MLR 2(g)(1).

April 13, 2016
First date a player optioned to minors during Spring Training may be recalled (11th day of season).

May 2, 2016
End of waiver period (February 16 – May 2). Optional Waivers secured on or after Feb. 16, 2016, expire at 5 p.m. ET. MLR 10(c)(4)(B)(i). Outright Waivers obtained on or after Feb. 16, 2016, remain in effect until 1 p.m. ET on the seventh day after the date they were obtained, or until 5 p.m. ET on May 2, 2016, the 30th day of the season. MLR 10(c)(4)(C)(ii).

May 3, 2016
Beginning of new waiver period (May 3 – July 31). Optional Waivers and Outright Waivers secured on or after May 3 (the 31st day of the season) remain in effect through 5 p.m. EST July 31. MLR 10 (c)(4). After May 3, outright assignments to the minor leagues may be made only with outright waivers in effect.

May 15, 2016
Earliest date a club may re-sign a player unconditionally released by the club between Aug. 31, 2015, and April 2, 2016. MLR 8(i)(2).

June 2, 2016
Start of Closed Period before 2016 First-Year Player Draft

June 9-11, 2016
First-Year Player Draft

June 16, 2016
First date a club may trade a player signed as a free agent

July 2, 2016
Start of signing period for international free agents

July 12, 2016
All-Star Game, San Diego

July 15, 2016
Deadline (5 p.m. ET) to sign players selected in 2016 First-year Player Draft

August 1, 2016
Last day to trade a player without securing waivers (4 p.m. ET)

August 1, 2016
New waiver period begins. Trade waivers required.

August 31, 2016
Waiver trade deadline. Outright Waivers secured on or after August 1 expire (midnight ET).

Postseason eligibility lists established (midnight ET). To be eligible, a player must be a bona fide member of a qualifying team August 31 and remain a bona fide member through end of the applicable Postseason series.

September 1, 2016
Active player limit increased from 25 to 40

October 2, 2016
Regular season ends

October 4, 2016
Post-season begins

October, 2016
112th World Series begins

Immediately after World Series
Eligible players become free agents

Fifth day after end of World Series
Deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents

Sixth day after end of World Series
First day free agents may sign contracts with a club other than their former club.

12th day after end of World Series
Last date for Article XX (B) free agents to accept a qualifying offer from a former club (midnight ET)

November 20, 2016 (tentative)
Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels.

December 2, 2016
Last date for clubs to offer 2017 contracts to unsigned players (midnight ET).

December 5-8, 2016
Winter Meetings, National Harbor, Md.

December 8, 2016
Rule 5 Draft