Interested in staying in touch with what’s happening in the world of baseball? Here are all the key 2019-2020 MLB offseason dates you need to remember.
With awards season out of the way as well the owner’s meetings and GM meetings, the hot stove should just about really kick into gear. So, we’ve gone ahead and listed all of the important 2019-20 MLB offseason dates you should keep in mind in order to stay in the know.
Today, December 2, is baseball’s non-tender deadline, where teams can choose to “non-tender” a player, making him a free agent.
Modern Baseball (1970-1987) committee Hall of Fame voting is announced on December 8. Eligible players could include players like Lou Whitaker, Tommy John, Graig Nettles, Willie Randolph, Keith Hernandez, and more.
The Baseball Winter Meetings will take place December 9-12 in San Diego this year. This is typically where the magic happens and typically when most offseason moves are made. Get ready for non-stop coverage on MLB Network. It typically concludes with the Rule 5 draft, where players selected must remain on their new team for an entire season.
After close to a month of nothing, on January 10, 2020, teams and arbitration-eligible players submit salary figures. This is where players submit what they believe they should be paid for the following season and teams counter back.
On January 20, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) release results for the 2020 Hall of Fame class. This year’s ballot includes players like Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Bobby Abreu, and more! Follow Ryan Thibodaux (@NotMrTibbs) for live up-to-date ballot votes as they come in.
Between February 3-21 arbitration hearings begin. When teams and players can’t come to an agreement on salary figures for the coming season they end up in front of a three-person arbitration panel. After hearing each party’s case, the panel picks either the side of the team or the player. Recently, players have been most successful in these matters.
SPRING TRAINING!!! On February 21 Cactus League play begins. The next day, the Grapefruit League begins play. Baseball has arrived!