Transaction Calendar

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

September 27, 2020
Regular season ends

September 29, 2020
Post-season begins

October 20, 2020
116th World Series begins

Immediately after 2020 World Series
Eligible players become free agents

November 1, 2020 (fifth day after end of 2020 World Series)
Deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents

November 2, 2020 (sixth day after end of 2020 World Series)
First day free agents may sign contracts with a club other than their former club.

November 11, 2020 (15th day after end of 2020 World Series)
Last date for Article XX (B) free agents to accept a qualifying offer from a former club. (5 p.m. ET.)

November 20, 2020
Deadline to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels, protecting eligible players from Rule 5 draft. (2 p.m ET.)

December 2, 2020
Last date for clubs to offer 2021 contracts to unsigned players (non-tender deadline).

December 6-10, 2020
Winter Meetings, Dallas (canceled).

December 10, 2020
Rule 5 Draft.

January, 2021
Salary arbitration filing. CBA, Article VI (E)(2).

January 15, 2021
Exchange of salary arbitration figures between MLB Labor Relations Department and MLB Players Association. CBA, Article VI (E) (2).

International amateur signing period begins. CBA, Article VI (E)(2).

February 2 – 19, 2021
Salary arbitration hearings, Scottsdale, Ariz.

February 15, 2021
End of waiver period (Nov. 11, 2020 – Feb. 15, 2021). Outright Waivers secured on or after Nov. 11, 2020, expire at 1 p.m. ET on the seventh day after waivers are obtained or 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 15, 2021, whichever is earlier.

February 16, 2021
Beginning of new waiver period (February 16 – April 30, 2021). Outright Waivers secured on or after February 16, 2020, remain in effect for 7 days or until 5 p.m. EST, April 30, 2021 (the 30th day of the 2021 season), whichever is earlier. MLR 10.

February 17, 2021
Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players with all 30 clubs.

February 22, 2021
Voluntary reporting date for position players with all 30 clubs.

February 27, 2021
Mandatory reporting date.

March 1-10, 2021 (tentative)
Clubs may renew contracts of unsigned players. Paragraph 10 (a) of Uniform Player Contract.

March 15, 2021
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player and pay only 30 days’ termination play. CBA, Article IX(B).

March 24, 2021
Earliest date a club may backdate placement of a player on 15-day Major League disabled list. MLR 2(g)(1).

March 27, 2021
Last date to offer retention bonus to players attending spring training with minor-league contracts.

March 30, 2021
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 31 receive 45 days’ termination pay.) CBA, Article IX (B).

April 1, 2021
Opening Day of 2021 season. All clubs must reduce their active rosters to 26 players.

April 7, 2021
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 11, 2021
First date a player optioned to minors during Spring Training may be recalled (11th day of season).

April 30, 2021
End of waiver period (February 16 – April 26). Outright Waivers obtained on or after Feb. 16, 2021, 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 30, 2021, the 30th day of the season. MLR 10(c)(4)(C)(ii).

May 1, 2021
Beginning of new waiver period (May 1 – July 31). Outright Waivers secured on or after May 1 (the 31st day of the season) remain in effect through 5 p.m. EST July 31. MLR 10 (c)(4). After May 1, outright assignments to the minor leagues may be made only with outright waivers in effect.

May 15, 2021
Earliest date a club may re-sign a player unconditionally released by the club between Aug. 31, 2020, and April 1, 2021. MLR 8(i)(2).

May, 2021
Start of Closed Period before 2020 First-Year Player Draft.

June 16, 2021
First date a club may trade a player signed as a free agent

July 11-13, 2021
First-Year Player Draft, Atlanta.

July 13, 2021
All-Star Game, Atlanta.

July 31, 2021
Last day during the season to trade a player.

August 31, 2021
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, 2021
Active player limit increased from 26 to 28.

October 3, 2021
Regular season ends

October 5, 2021
Wild-card games

October, 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 20, 2021
Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels.

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

December 2, 2021
Last date for clubs to offer 2022 contracts to unsigned players.

December, 2021
Winter Meetings.

December, 2021
Rule 5 Draft

December 15, 2021
International amateur signing period closes.

January, 2022
Salary arbitration filing. CBA, Article VI (E)(2).

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

February, 2022
Salary arbitration hearings.