MLB Winter Dates, Awards Schedule

Major League Baseball's winter dockett, including the important dates of the season and the awards schedule, courtesy of the staff at



8: AL and NL Rookie of the Year Voting announced
9: NL Cy Young Voting announced
9-12: General Manager's meetings, Key Biscayne, Florida
10: AL and NL Manager of the Year Voting announced
11: AL Cy Young Voting announced
12: First Day of MLB Free Agency
15: NL MVP Voting announced
16: AL MVP Voting announced


7: Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became free agents
10-13: Winter Meetings, Anaheim, California
19: Last day for free agents offered salary arbitration to accept or reject the offers
20: Last day for teams to offer 2005 contracts to unsigned players



5-15: Salary arbitration filing
8: Last day until May 1 for free agents who rejected arbitration offers to re-sign with their former teams
18: Exchange of salary arbitration figures


1-21: Salary arbitration hearings
19: Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players
24: Voluntary reporting date for other players


2-11: Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players
2: Mandatory reporting date
16: Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days
30: Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2005 salary


4: Opening day. Active rosters reduced to 25 players

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