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MLB offseason key dates 2022-23: Free agency, Winter Meetings, spring training, Opening Day 2023, more

MLB offseason key dates 2022-23: Free agency, Winter Meetings, World Baseball Classic, Opening Day 2023, more


The Houston Astros are the 2022 World Series champions. They defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in six games to clinch the franchise’s second championship. The Astros have won four of the last six American League pennants and they’ve done it with different rosters, different managers, and different front offices.

With the World Series now complete, the 2022-23 offseason is officially upon us, and several significant events are right around the corner. Here are the important dates and deadlines for the coming weeks and months.   

Nov. 6: As of 9 a.m. ET on Sunday, all eligible players are free agents. MLB used to make players file for free agency, but that was a waste of everyone’s time. Now players automatically become free agents once eligible (i.e. six-plus years of service time). It is important to note free agents can not sign with new teams just yet. They have to wait five days for that. The first five days of the offseason are an exclusive negotiating period in which the player can only talk money with his previous team.

Nov. 7: Finalists for 2022’s major awards will be announced during a live MLB Network broadcast at 6 p.m. ET. Those awards are Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player. Three finalists are announced for each award in each league. As a reminder, voting for all awards was completed before the postseason. These are regular-season awards.

Nov. 8-10: GM Meetings in Las Vegas. Generally speaking, the GM Meetings cover off-the-field matters, such as rule changes. But when you put all 30 GMs in one place, inevitably deals get discussed and sometimes completed. Four years ago the Mariners and Rays made the Mike Zunino trade at the GM Meetings, for example. Also, the groundwork is often laid for deals that are completed at a later date at the GM Meetings. 

Nov. 10: Most contract option decisions are due on this date. Some contracts specify a different date (the Yankees had to make a decision on Zack Britton’s 2022 club option in Nov. 2020, for example), but the vast majority have to be made within five days of the end of the World Series. Club options are controlled by the team, player options and opt-outs are controlled by the player, and mutual options are kind of pointless. They are essentially a way to move money onto next year’s payroll.    

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