MLR = Major League Rule
CBA = Collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the players union.
January 15, 2013
Salary arbitration filing date. CBA, Article VI (E)(2).
January 18, 2013
Exchange of salary arbitration figures between MLB Labor Relations Department and MLB Players Association. CBA, Article VI (E) (2).
February 1-21, 2013
Salary arbitration hearings.
February 12, 2013
Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players not participating in World Baseball Classic. Mandatory reporting date for players participating in the WBC in Asia. Mandatory reporting date for all other pitchers and catchers participating in the WBC.
February 15, 2013
Voluntary reporting date for position players not participating in WBC. Mandatory reporting date for WBC players not participating in Asia.
End of waiver period (Nov. 11, 2012 – Feb. 15, 2013). Outright Waivers secured on or after Nov. 11, 2012, expire at 1 p.m. ET on the seventh day after waivers are obtained or 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 15, 2013, whichever is earlier.
February 16, 2013
Beginning of new waiver period (February 16 – April 29). Outright Waivers secured on or after February 16, 2013, remain in effect for 7 days or until 5 p.m. EST, April 29, 2013 (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 (April 29, 2013). MLR 10.
February 20, 2013
Mandatory reporting date for players not participating in WBC
March 2, 2013
World Baseball Classic begins
March 2-11, 2013
Clubs may renew contracts of unsigned players. Paragraph 10 (a) of Uniform Player Contract.
March 13, 2013
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player and pay only 30 days’ termination play. CBA, Article IX(B).
March 15, 2013
Last date to assign injured player to a minor-league club
March 17-19, 2013
Finals, World Baseball Classic. San Francisco.
March 22, 2013
Earliest date a club may backdate placement of a player on 15-day Major League disabled list. MLR 2(g)(1).
March 27, 2013
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player without having to pay full 2013 salary. (Players with non-guaranteed contracts released between March 14 and March 27 receive 45 days’ termination pay.) CBA, Article IX (B).
March 31, 2013
Opening Night of 2013 season (Rangers at Astros). All clubs must reduce their active rosters to 25 players.
April 1, 2013
Opening Day of 2013 season.
April 6, 2013
First date a player placed on Major League disabled list during Spring Training may be activated. MLR 2(g)(1).
April 10, 2013
First date a player optioned to minors during Spring Training may be recalled (11th day of season)
April 29, 2013
End of waiver period (February 16 – April 29). Optional Waivers secured on or after Feb. 16, 2013, expire at 5 p.m. ET. MLR 10(c)(4)(B)(i). Outright Waivers obtained on or after Feb. 16, 2013, 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 April 29, 2013, the 30th day of the season. MLR 10(c)(4)(C)(ii).
April 30, 2013
Beginning of new waiver period (April 30 – July 31). Optional Waivers and Outright Waivers secured on or after April 30 (the 31st day of the season) remain in effect through 5 p.m. EST July 31. MLR 10 (c)(4). After April 30, outright assignments to the minor leagues may be made only with outright waivers in effect.
May 15, 2013
Earliest date a club may re-sign a player unconditionally released by the club between Aug. 31, 2012, and March 31, 2013. MLR 8(i)(2).
May 30, 2013
Start of Closed Period before 2013 First-Year Player Draft
June 6-8, 2013
First-Year Player Draft
June 16, 2013
First date a club may trade a player signed as a free agent
July 12, 2013
Deadline (5 p.m. ET) to sign players selected in 2013 First-year Player Draft
July 16, 2013
All Star Game, Citi Field, New York
July 31, 2013
Last day to trade a player without securing waivers (4 p.m. ET)
August 1, 2013
New waiver period begins. Trade waivers required.
August 31, 2013
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, 2013
Active player limit increased from 25 to 40
September 29, 2013
Regular season ends
October 23, 2013
109th 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, 2013 (tentative)
Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels.
December 2, 2013
Last date for clubs to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players (midnight ET).
December 9-12, 2013
Winter Meetings, Orlando
December 12, 2013
Rule 5 Draft
July 15, 2014
All-Star Game, Minneapolis
July 18, 2014
Deadline (5 p.m. ET) to sign players selected in 2014 First-year Player Draft
December 8-11, 2014
Winter Meetings, San Diego
December 11, 2014
Rule 5 Draft