Important Transaction Dates

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

August 1, 2014
New waiver period begins. Trade waivers required.

August 31, 2014
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, 2014
Active player limit increased from 25 to 40

September 28, 2014
Regular season ends

September 30, 2014
Post-season begins

October 22, 2014
110th World Series begins, AL city

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 10-12, 2014
General managers’ meetings, Phoenix

November 20, 2014 (tentative)
Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels.

December 2, 2014
Last date for clubs to offer 2015 contracts to unsigned players (midnight ET).

December 8-11, 2014
Winter Meetings, San Diego

December 11, 2014
Rule 5 Draft

January 13, 2015
Salary arbitration filing date. CBA, Article VI (E)(2).

January, 2015
Owners meetings

January 16, 2015
Exchange of salary arbitration figures between MLB Labor Relations Department and MLB Players Association. CBA, Article VI (E) (2).

February 1-21, 2015
Salary arbitration hearings.

February, 2015
Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players.

February 15, 2015
End of waiver period (Nov. 11, 2014 – Feb. 15, 2015). Outright Waivers secured on or after Nov. 11, 2014, expire at 1 p.m. ET on the seventh day after waivers are obtained or 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 15, 2014, whichever is earlier.

February 16, 2015
Beginning of new waiver period (February 16 – May 4). Outright Waivers secured on or after February 16, 2014, remain in effect for 7 days or until 5 p.m. EST, May 4, 2015 (the 30th day of the 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 season (May 4, 2015). MLR 10.

February, 2015
Voluntary reporting date for position players.

February, 2015
Mandatory reporting date.

March 2-11, 2015
Clubs may renew contracts of unsigned players. Paragraph 10 (a) of Uniform Player Contract.

March, 2015
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player and pay only 30 days’ termination play. CBA, Article IX(B).

March, 2015
Earliest date a club may backdate placement of a player on 15-day Major League disabled list. MLR 2(g)(1).

March, 2015
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player without having to pay full 2014 salary. (Players with non-guaranteed contracts released between March 12 and March 26 receive 45 days’ termination pay.) CBA, Article IX (B).

April 5, 2015
Opening Night of 2015 season. All clubs must reduce their active rosters to 25 players.

April, 2015
First date a player placed on Major League disabled list during Spring Training may be activated. MLR 2(g)(1).

April 15, 2015
First date a player optioned to minors during Spring Training may be recalled (11th day of season).

May 4, 2015
End of waiver period (February 16 – May 4). Optional Waivers secured on or after Feb. 16, 2014, expire at 5 p.m. ET. MLR 10(c)(4)(B)(i). Outright Waivers obtained on or after Feb. 16, 2014, 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 4, 2014, the 30th day of the season. MLR 10(c)(4)(C)(ii).

May 5, 2015
Beginning of new waiver period (May 5 – July 31). Optional Waivers and Outright Waivers secured on or after May 5 (the 31st day of the season) remain in effect through 5 p.m. EST July 31. MLR 10 (c)(4). After May 5, outright assignments to the minor leagues may be made only with outright waivers in effect.

May 15, 2015
Earliest date a club may re-sign a player unconditionally released by the club between Aug. 31, 2014, and March 31, 2015. MLR 8(i)(2).

June 1, 2015
Start of Closed Period before 2015 First-Year Player Draft

June 8, 2015
First-Year Player Draft

June 16, 2015
First date a club may trade a player signed as a free agent

July 14, 2015
All-Star Game, Cincinnati

July 17, 2015
Deadline (5 p.m. ET) to sign players selected in 2015 First-year Player Draft

July 31, 2015
Last day to trade a player without securing waivers (4 p.m. ET)

August 1, 2015
New waiver period begins. Trade waivers required.

August 31, 2015
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, 2015
Active player limit increased from 25 to 40

October 4, 2015
Regular season ends

October 6, 2015
Post-season begins

October, 2015
111th 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, 2015 (tentative)
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

December 10, 2015
Rule 5 Draft

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