Transaction Calendar

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

October 23, 2018
Game 1, 114th World Series. Boston.

October 28, 2018
Last game of 2018 World Series. Eligible players become free agents.

October 31, 2018
Third day after end of World Series. Deadline to exercise or decline most contract options for 2019.

November 2, 2018
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 6-8, 2018
General Managers meetings, Carlsbad, Calif.

November 12, 2018
Fifteenth 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
Deadline to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels (8 p.m. Eastern).

November 30, 2018
Last date for clubs to offer 2019 contracts to unsigned players.

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

December 13, 2018
Rule 5 Draft.

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

January 11, 2019
Exchange of salary arbitration figures between MLB Labor Relations Department and MLB Players Association. CBA, Article VI (E) (2).

January 28 – February 15, 2019
Salary arbitration hearings.

February 10-11, 2019
Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players with Seattle, Oakland.

February 13, 2019
Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players with all other clubs.

February 15, 2019
Voluntary reporting date for position players with Seattle, Oakland.

February 18, 2019
Voluntary reporting date for position players with all other clubs.

February 15, 2019
End of waiver period (Nov. 11, 2018 – Feb. 15, 2019). Outright Waivers secured on or after Nov. 11, 2018, expire at 1 p.m. ET on the seventh day after waivers are obtained or 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 15, 2019, whichever is earlier.

February 16, 2019
Beginning of new waiver period (February 16 – April 26, 2019). Outright Waivers secured on or after February 16, 2019, remain in effect for 7 days or until 5 p.m. EST, April 26, 2019 (the 30th day of the 2019 season), whichever is earlier. Optional Waivers secured on or after February 16 remain in effect until 5 p.m. EST on the 31st day of the 2019 season (April 27, 2019). MLR 10.

March 1-10, 2019 (tentative)
Clubs may renew contracts of unsigned players. Paragraph 10 (a) of Uniform Player Contract.

March 12, 2019
Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player and pay only 30 days’ termination play. CBA, Article IX(B).

March 23, 2019
Earliest date a club may backdate placement of a player on 15-day Major League disabled list. MLR 2(g)(1).

March 27, 2019
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 13 and March 27 receive 45 days’ termination pay.) CBA, Article IX (B).

March 20-21, 2019
Opening series of 2019 season for Seattle and Oakland.

March 28, 2019
Opening Day of 2018 season for other 28 clubs. All clubs must reduce their active rosters to 25 players.

April 3, 2019
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 7, 2019
First date a player optioned to minors during Spring Training may be recalled (11th day of season).

April 26, 2019
End of waiver period (February 16 – April 26). Optional Waivers secured on or after Feb. 16, 2019, expire at 5 p.m. ET. MLR 10(c)(4)(B)(i). Outright Waivers obtained on or after Feb. 16, 2019, 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 26, 2019, the 30th day of the season. MLR 10(c)(4)(C)(ii).

April 27, 2019
Beginning of new waiver period (April 27 – July 31). Optional Waivers and Outright Waivers secured on or after April 27 (the 31st day of the season) remain in effect through 5 p.m. EST July 31. MLR 10 (c)(4). After April 27, outright assignments to the minor leagues may be made only with outright waivers in effect.

May 15, 2019
Earliest date a club may re-sign a player unconditionally released by the club between Aug. 31, 2018, and April 1, 2019. MLR 8(i)(2).

May 27, 2019
Start of Closed Period before 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

June 3-5, 2019
First-Year Player Draft

June 15, 2019
2018-19 international amateur signing period closes.

June 16, 2019
First date a club may trade a player signed as a free agent

July 2, 2019
2019-20 international amateur signing period opens.

July 15, 2019
Deadline (5 p.m. ET) to sign players selected in 2019 First-year Player Draft

July 9, 2019
All-Star Game, Cleveland.

August 1, 2019
Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.
New waiver period begins. Trade waivers required.

August 31, 2019
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, 2019
Active player limit increased from 25 to 40

September 29, 2019
Regular season ends

October 1, 2019
Post-season begins

October 22, 2019
115th 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.

15th 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, 2019 (tentative)
Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels.

December 2, 2019
Last date for clubs to offer 2020 contracts to unsigned players.

December 9-12, 2019
Winter Meetings, San Diego.

December 12, 2019
Rule 5 Draft.

January, 2020
Salary arbitration filing. CBA, Article VI (E)(2).

January 10, 2020
Exchange of salary arbitration figures between MLB Labor Relations Department and MLB Players Association. CBA, Article VI (E) (2).

January 27 – February 14, 2020 (tentative)
Salary arbitration hearings.