The Offseason Officially Begins

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Say goodbye to the 2012 baseball season. The Giants completed their sweep of the Tigers last night, and brought the 2012 Commissioner’s trophy to San Francisco. Congratulations to them, but now it’s time to start analyzing the 2012 season in full. We plan to look at the players on the 2012 roster, what we’re left with during this offseason, and what they could do with the organization over the next few years.

Analysis of the past, present, and future makes the Hot Stove season one of the most more interesting times of the year. We’ll throw around an absurd amount of numbers, and of course some strategic/ridiculous trade and free agent signing proposals for 2013 and on.

Now that the last day of baseball was officially set, we have some dates to anticipate this fall.

Monday, October 29th: Eligible players are now free agents. From this point there is a five day negotiation period exclusive to their former team. This is also the period in which teams must issue qualifying offers (1 year/13.3M) in order to earn draft pick compensation. Free agents then have 7 days to accept a qualifying offer.

Saturday, November 3rd: Both MLB and MiLB free agents are now eligible to negotiate and sign with other teams.

Friday, November 9th: Last day for players to accept arbitration from their team.

Monday, November 12th: Rookie of the Year Awards issued.

Tuesday, November 13th: Manager of the Year awards issued.

Wednesday, November 14th: Cy Young Awards issued.

Thursday, November 15th: MVP awards issues.

Friday, November 30th: Final day for teams to tender contracts.

Monday, December 3rd-6th: The Winter Meetings are held in Nashville. The Rule 5 Draft takes place on the final day as well.

This year should be an especially busy offseason for the Yankees, so while we’ll miss out on baseball, I doubt we’ll be too bored with all the rumors.

Mike is the co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money. Outside of blogging baseball, Mike is also a musician, a runner, and a beer lover.