TERMS AND RULES: OFFSEASON KEY DATES

With the Hot Stove season upon us, here is a look at the key dates on the player movement calendar this offseason.

November 3 – Free agents are eligible to sign with any team. 12:01AM ET.

November 15, 16 –GM Meetings (Milwaukee, WI)

November 16, 17 –Owners Meetings (Milwaukee, WI)

November 18 – Day to file reserve lists for all major and minor league players

November 23 –Last day for former club to offer salary arbitration to ranked XX(B) free
agents in order to be eligible for compensation. Midnight ET.

December 1 – Last day to request outright waivers to assign player prior to Rule 5 draft.

December 5 –Deadline to outright a player prior to Rule 5 draft. 5PM ET.

December 5-8 –Winter Meetings (Dallas, TX)

December 7 –Deadline for a player who declared free agency to accept arbitration offer from former club. Midnite ET.

December 8 –Major League Rule 5 Draft. (Dallas, TX)

December 11 –Current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires

December 12 –Deadline to tender contracts. Midnight ET.

February 2012 –Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. Various dates.