Transaction Calendar

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

October 24, 2017
Game 1, 113th World Series. Los Angeles.

November 1, 2017
Last game of 2017 World Series. Eligible players become free agents.

November 6, 2017
Fifth day after end of World Series. Deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents. At 5 p.m. Eastern, free agents may sign contracts with a club other than their former club.

November 13, 2017
12th day after end of World Series. Last date for Article XX (B) free agents to accept a qualifying offer from a former club.

November 13-16, 2017
General Managers meetings, Orlando, Fla.

November 20, 2017
Deadline to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels (8 p.m. Eastern).

December 1, 2017
Last date for clubs to offer 2018 contracts to unsigned players (8 p.m. Eastern).

December 11-14, 2017
Winter Meetings, Orlando, Fla.

December 14, 2017
Rule 5 Draft (9 a.m. Eastern).

January 9, 2018
Salary arbitration filing date. CBA, Article VI (E)(2).

January 12, 2018
Exchange of salary arbitration figures between MLB Labor Relations Department and MLB Players Association. CBA, Article VI (E) (2).

January 29 – February 16, 2018
Salary arbitration hearings.

February 14, 2018
Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players.

February 15, 2018
End of waiver period (Nov. 11, 2017 – Feb. 15, 2018). Outright Waivers secured on or after Nov. 11, 2017, expire at 1 p.m. ET on the seventh day after waivers are obtained or 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 15, 2018, whichever is earlier.

February 16, 2018
Beginning of new waiver period (February 16 – April 27, 2018). Outright Waivers secured on or after February 16, 2018, remain in effect for 7 days or until 5 p.m. EST, April 27, 2018 (the 30th day of the 2018 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 (April 27, 2018). MLR 10.

February 19, 2018
Voluntary reporting date for position players.

March 1-10, 2018 (tentative)
Clubs may renew contracts of unsigned players. Paragraph 10 (a) of Uniform Player Contract.

March 13, 2018
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player and pay only 30 days’ termination play. CBA, Article IX(B).

March 19, 2018
Earliest date a club may backdate placement of a player on 15-day Major League disabled list. MLR 2(g)(1).

March 28, 2018
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player without having to pay full 2018 salary. (Players with non-guaranteed contracts released between March 14 and March 28 receive 45 days’ termination pay.) CBA, Article IX (B).

March 29, 2018
Opening Day of 2018 season. All clubs must reduce their active rosters to 25 players.

April 4, 2018
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 8, 2018
First date a player optioned to minors during Spring Training may be recalled (11th day of season).

April 27, 2018
End of waiver period (February 16 – April 27). Optional Waivers secured on or after Feb. 16, 2018, expire at 5 p.m. ET. MLR 10(c)(4)(B)(i). Outright Waivers obtained on or after Feb. 16, 2018, 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 27, 2018, the 30th day of the season. MLR 10(c)(4)(C)(ii).

April 28, 2018
Beginning of new waiver period (April 28 – July 31). Optional Waivers and Outright Waivers secured on or after April 28 (the 31st day of the season) remain in effect through 5 p.m. EST July 31. MLR 10 (c)(4). After April 28, outright assignments to the minor leagues may be made only with outright waivers in effect.

May 15, 2018
Earliest date a club may re-sign a player unconditionally released by the club between Aug. 31, 2017, and April 1, 2018. MLR 8(i)(2).

May 28, 2018
Start of Closed Period before 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

June 4-6, 2018
First-Year Player Draft

June 16, 2018
First date a club may trade a player signed as a free agent
Start of signing period for international free agents

July 15, 2018
Deadline (5 p.m. ET) to sign players selected in 2018 First-year Player Draft

July 17, 2018
All-Star Game, Washington, D.C.

August 1, 2018
Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.
New waiver period begins. Trade waivers required.

August 31, 2018
Waiver trade deadline. Outright Waivers secured on or after August 1 expire.

Postseason eligibility lists established. 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, 2018
Active player limit increased from 25 to 40

September 30, 2018
Regular season ends

October 2, 2018
Post-season begins

October 23, 2018 (tentative)
114th 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.

November 20, 2018 (tentative)
Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels.

December 3, 2018
Last date for clubs to offer 2018 contracts to unsigned players.

December 10-13, 2018
Winter Meetings, Las Vegas.

December 13, 2018
Rule 5 Draft.