Transaction Calendar

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

October 26, 2021
117th World Series begins

Day after 2021 World Series
Trading resumes, eligible players become free agents

Fifth day after end of 2021 World Series (tentative)
Deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents

Sixth day after end of 2021 World Series
First day free agents may sign contracts with a club other than their former club.

15th day after end of 2021 World Series
Last date for Article XX (B) free agents to accept a qualifying offer from a former club.

November 19, 2021
Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels.

November 30, 2021
Last date for clubs to offer 2022 contracts to unsigned players (moved up from Dec. 2 in anticipation of expiration of CBA).

December 1, 2021
2017-21 Collective Bargaining Agreement expires.

December 6-8, 2021
Winter Meetings, Orlando, Fla.

December 8, 2021
Rule 5 Draft

December 15, 2021
International amateur signing period closes, 5 p.m. ET.

January 14, 2022
Exchange of salary arbitration figures between MLB Labor Relations Department and MLB Players Association. CBA, Article VI (E)(2).

January 15, 2022
International signing period opens, 9 a.m. ET.

January 31-February 18, 2022
Salary arbitration hearings, St. Petersburg, Fla.

February 15, 2022
End of waiver period (Nov. 11, 2021 – Feb. 15, 2022). Outright Waivers secured on or after Nov. 11, 2021, expire at 1 p.m. ET on the seventh day after waivers are obtained or 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 15, 2022, whichever is earlier.

February 16, 2022
Beginning of new waiver period (February 16 – April 29, 2022). Outright Waivers secured on or after February 16, 2022, remain in effect for 7 days or until 5 p.m. EST, April 29, 2022 (the 30th day of the 2022 season), whichever is earlier. MLR 10.

February 16, 2022
Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players with all 30 clubs.

February 21, 2022
Voluntary reporting date for position players with all 30 clubs.

February 26, 2022
Mandatory reporting date.

March 1-10, 2022 (tentative)
Clubs may renew contracts of unsigned players. Paragraph 10 (a) of Uniform Player Contract.

March 15, 2022
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player and pay only 30 days’ termination play. CBA, Article IX(B).

March 27, 2022
Earliest date a club may backdate placement of a player on 7-day Major League disabled list. MLR 2(g)(1).

March 28, 2022
Earliest date a club may backdate placement of a player on 10-day Major League disabled list. MLR 2(g)(1).

March, 2022
Last date to offer retention bonus to players attending spring training with minor-league contracts.

March 30, 2022
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player without having to pay full 2020 salary. (Players with non-guaranteed contracts released between March 16 and March 30 receive 45 days’ termination pay.) CBA, Article IX (B).

March 31, 2022
Opening Day of 2022 season. All clubs must reduce their active rosters to 26 players.

April 3, 2022
First date a player placed on Major League 7-day disabled list during Spring Training may be activated. MLR 2(g)(1).

April 7, 2022
First date a player placed on Major League 10-day disabled list during Spring Training may be activated. MLR 2(g)(1).

April 10, 2022
First date a player optioned to minors during Spring Training may be recalled (11th day of season).

April 29, 2022
End of waiver period (February 16 – April 29). Outright Waivers obtained on or after Feb. 16, 2022, 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, 2022, the 30th day of the season. MLR 10(c)(4)(C)(ii).

April 30, 2022
Beginning of new waiver period (April 30 – July 31). 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, 2022
Earliest date a club may re-sign a player unconditionally released by the club between Aug. 31, 2021, and April 1, 2022. MLR 8(i)(2).

May, 2022
Start of Closed Period before 2022 First-Year Player Draft.

May 31, 2022
First date a player placed on Major League 60-day disabled list during Spring Training may be activated. MLR 2(g)(1).

June 16, 2022
First date a club may trade a player signed as a XX(B) free agent without his consent.

July, 2022
First-Year Player Draft.

July 19, 2022
All-Star Game, Los Angeles.

July 31, 2022
Last day during the season to trade a player.

August 31, 2022
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, 2022
Active player limit increased from 26 to 28 (tentative).

October 2, 2022
Regular season ends

October, 2022
Wild-card games

October, 2022
118th World Series begins

Day after 2022 World Series
Trading resumes, eligible players become free agents

Fifth day after end of 2022 World Series (tentative)
Deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents

Sixth day after end of 2022 World Series
First day free agents may sign contracts with a club other than their former club.

15th day after end of 2022 World Series
Last date for Article XX (B) free agents to accept a qualifying offer from a former club.

November 20, 2022
Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels.

December 2, 2022
Last date for clubs to offer 2023 contracts to unsigned players.

December, 2022
Winter Meetings.

December, 2022
Rule 5 Draft

December 15, 2022
International amateur signing period closes.

January, 2023
Salary arbitration filing. CBA, Article VI (E)(2).

January, 2023
Exchange of salary arbitration figures between MLB Labor Relations Department and MLB Players Association. CBA, Article VI (E) (2).

February, 2023
Salary arbitration hearings.