Important Transaction Dates

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

  

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

January 14, 2014
Salary arbitration filing date. CBA, Article VI (E)(2).

January 15-16, 2014
Owners meetings, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
 
January 17, 2014
Exchange of salary arbitration figures between MLB Labor Relations Department and MLB Players Association. CBA, Article VI (E) (2).

February 1-21, 2014
Salary arbitration hearings.

February 13, 2014
Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players.
 
February 15, 2014
End of waiver period (Nov. 11, 2013 – Feb. 15, 2014). Outright Waivers secured on or after Nov. 11, 2013, 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, 2014
Beginning of new waiver period (February 16 – April 28). Outright Waivers secured on or after February 16, 2014, remain in effect for 7 days or until 5 p.m. EST, April 28, 2014 (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 28, 2014). MLR 10.
 
February 18, 2014
Voluntary reporting date for position players.

February 25, 2014
Mandatory reporting date.

March 2-11, 2014
Clubs may renew contracts of unsigned players. Paragraph 10 (a) of Uniform Player Contract.

March 12, 2014
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player and pay only 30 days’ termination play. CBA, Article IX(B).

March 21, 2014
Earliest date a club may backdate placement of a player on 15-day Major League disabled list. MLR 2(g)(1).

March 22-23, 2014
LA Dodgers vs. Arizona. Sydney, Australia

March 26, 2014
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 12 and March 26 receive 45 days’ termination pay.) CBA, Article IX (B).

March 30, 2014
Opening Day of 2014 season. All clubs must reduce their active rosters to 25 players.

April 5, 2014
First date a player placed on Major League disabled list during Spring Training may be activated. MLR 2(g)(1).

April 9, 2014
First date a player optioned to minors during Spring Training may be recalled (11th day of season).

April 28, 2014
End of waiver period (February 16 – April 28). 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 April 28, 2014, the 30th day of the season. MLR 10(c)(4)(C)(ii).

April 29, 2014
Beginning of new waiver period (April 29 – July 31). Optional Waivers and Outright Waivers secured on or after April 29 (the 31st day of the season) remain in effect through 5 p.m. EST July 31. MLR 10 (c)(4). After April 29, outright assignments to the minor leagues may be made only with outright waivers in effect.

May 15, 2014
Earliest date a club may re-sign a player unconditionally released by the club between Aug. 31, 2013, and March 31, 2014. MLR 8(i)(2).

May 29, 2014
Start of Closed Period before 2013 First-Year Player Draft

June 5, 2014
First-Year Player Draft

June 16, 2014
First date a club may trade a player signed as a free agent

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

July 31, 2014
Last day to trade a player without securing waivers (4 p.m. ET)

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

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, 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

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