December 3, 2006

Offseason Schedule

Here is the calendar for the 2006-2007 MLB offseason:

Dec. 4-7 -- Winter meetings start

Dec. 4-8 -- Major League Baseball Players Association executive board meeting.

Dec. 7 -- Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became free agents.

Dec. 19 -- Last day for free agents offered salary arbitration to accept or reject the offers.

Dec. 20 -- Last day for teams to offer 2007 contracts to unsigned players.

Jan 5-15 -- Salary arbitration filing.

Jan. 8 -- Last day until May 1 for free agents who rejected arbitration offers to re-sign with their former teams.

Jan. 18 -- Exchange of salary arbitration figures.

Feb. 1-21 -- Salary arbitration hearings.

Feb. 15 -- Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players.

Feb. 20 -- Voluntary reporting date for other players.

Feb. 27 -- Mandatory reporting date.

March 2-11 -- Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players.

March 14 -- Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days.

March 28 -- Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2007 salary.

April 1 -- Opening day. Active rosters reduced to 25 players.