MLR = Major League Rule
CBA = Collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the players association.
Salary arbitration filing date. CBA, Article VI (E)(2).
Exchange of salary arbitration figures between MLB Labor Relations Department and MLB Players Association. CBA, Article VI (E) (2).
February 1-21, 2017
Salary arbitration hearings.
February 15, 2017
End of waiver period (Nov. 11, 2016 – Feb. 15, 2017). Outright Waivers secured on or after Nov. 11, 2016, expire at 1 p.m. ET on the seventh day after waivers are obtained or 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 15, 2017, whichever is earlier.
February 16, 2017
Beginning of new waiver period (February 16 – May 1). Outright Waivers secured on or after February 16, 2017, remain in effect for 7 days or until 5 p.m. EST, May 1, 2016 (the 30th day of the 2017 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 2017 season (May 1, 2017). MLR 10.
Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players.
Voluntary reporting date for position players.
Mandatory reporting date.
March 2-11, 2017
Clubs may renew contracts of unsigned players. Paragraph 10 (a) of Uniform Player Contract.
March 17, 2017
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player and pay only 30 days’ termination play. CBA, Article IX(B).
March 25, 2017
Earliest date a club may backdate placement of a player on 15-day Major League disabled list. MLR 2(g)(1).
April 1, 2017
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 April 1 receive 45 days’ termination pay.) CBA, Article IX (B).
April 2, 2017
Opening Night of 2017 season. All clubs must reduce their active rosters to 25 players.
April 8, 2017
First date a player placed on Major League disabled list during Spring Training may be activated (seventh day of season). MLR 2(g)(1).
April 12, 2017
First date a player optioned to minors during Spring Training may be recalled (11th day of season).
May 1, 2017
End of waiver period (February 16 – May 1). Optional Waivers secured on or after Feb. 16, 2017, expire at 5 p.m. ET. MLR 10(c)(4)(B)(i). Outright Waivers obtained on or after Feb. 16, 2017, 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 1, 2017, the 30th day of the season. MLR 10(c)(4)(C)(ii).
May 2, 2017
Beginning of new waiver period (May 2 – July 31). Optional Waivers and Outright Waivers secured on or after May 2 (the 31st day of the season) remain in effect through 5 p.m. EST July 31. MLR 10 (c)(4). After May 2, outright assignments to the minor leagues may be made only with outright waivers in effect.
May 15, 2017
Earliest date a club may re-sign a player unconditionally released by the club between Aug. 31, 2016, and April 1, 2017. MLR 8(i)(2).
June 5, 2017
Start of Closed Period before 2016 First-Year Player Draft
June 12, 2017
First-Year Player Draft
June 16, 2017
First date a club may trade a player signed as a free agent
July 2, 2017
Start of signing period for international free agents
July 11, 2017
All-Star Game, Miami
July 15, 2017
Deadline (5 p.m. ET) to sign players selected in 2017 First-year Player Draft
August 1, 2017
Last day to trade a player without securing waivers (4 p.m. ET)
August 1, 2017
New waiver period begins. Trade waivers required.
August 31, 2017
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, 2017
Active player limit increased from 25 to 40
October 1, 2017
Regular season ends
October 3, 2017
October 24, 2017 (tentative)
113th World Series begins
Immediately after World Series
Eligible players become free agents
Fifth day after end of World Series (tentative)
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, 2017 (tentative)
Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels.
December 2, 2017
Last date for clubs to offer 2018 contracts to unsigned players (midnight ET).
Winter Meetings, Orlando.
Rule 5 Draft.