The familair late-inning heroics of the Kansas City Royals put an end to the 2015 baseball season, crowning those Royals as MLB Champs for the first time in 30 years. That means that we can all now take a break, and morn over the long, cold, wet winter, right?
People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. - Rogers Hornsby
Not exactly. Baseball never really stops, as the front offices and player agents actually now get into one of their busier times of year. With that in mind, here is a look at a number of important upcoming dates to keep track of for the Seattle Mariners and other clubs.
- November 2nd: First day of exclusive 5-day window for teams to negotiate with their own free-agent players (Hisashi Iwakuma, Joe Beimel and Franklin Gutierrez at the big league level).
- November 6th: Final day for teams to extend qualifying offers to MLB/MiLBfree agents.
- November 6th: Last day to reinstate players from the 60-day DL (Charlie Furbush).
- November 7th: Free agent players officially eligible to sign with any team.
- November 9th - 12th: General Manager Meetings in Florida.
- November 13th: Deadline for players extended qualifying offers to accept or reject their offers.
- November 20: Date reserve lists (40-man rosters) must be set to protect players from the Rule 5 draft.
- December 2nd: Arbitration offer deadline (Mark Trumbo, Logan Morrison, Tom Wilhelmsen and Furbush).
- December 6th - 10th: 2015 Winter Meetings in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
- December 10th: Rule 5 draft.
- January 12th: Salary arbitration filing.
- January 15: Salary arbitration figures exchanged.
- February 1st -21st: Salary arbitration hearings.
- 3rd week of February: Seattle Mariners MLB players report for spring training.
- 2nd week of March: Seattle Mariners MiLB players report for spring training.
Things move very quickly this time of year, for all teams. The Mariners figure to see a lot of turnover on their 40-man roster with new GM Jerry Dipoto in place and eager to put his fingerprint on this team, so stay tuned!
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