Key Dates for Nationals on the MLB Schedule – NBC4 Washington
Key dates for Nationals and other MLB teams this offseason originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
If the 2021 World Series goes to seven full games, the last one may end on Wednesday, November 3.
The day after the coronation of a champion, the players called up to become free agents officially arrive on the market.
For the first five days after the end of the World Series, teams have an exclusive window to negotiate new contracts with their own free agents. Once that five-day period is over, players are free to sign anywhere, although we rarely see huge immediate signings as is customary in the NBA or NFL.
Here is a list of all the key dates this MLB offseason regarding the national championships and the league in general. Keep in mind that the collective bargaining agreement expires on December 1, so without an agreement, the pace of this offseason could slow significantly.
November 1: Award Finalists
The three finalists in each league for MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year are announced on MLB Network at 6 p.m.
November 2: Golden Glove
Gold Glove award winners at each position in both leagues are revealed.
November 3: DPOY
Defensive Players of the Year are announced. Unlike the Gold Glove, this award is based on advanced statistics rather than a survey of managers and coaches. One player at each position is selected for each league, along with the #1 defensive player at any position and the best overall defensive team.
November 4: Silver Slugger
Silver Slugger rewards have been announced.
November 8: Rookie of the Year
Rookies of the Year Announced. Reds second baseman Jonathan India, who started and hit .269/.376/.459 with 34 doubles, 21 home runs, 98 runs scored and 12 stolen bases, is the strong favorite in the National League.
November 9: Manager of the Year
Manager of the Year awards are presented. Former Phillies and current Giants coach Gabe Kapler is a lock to win the award in the NL. It could be unanimous.
November 10: Cy Young
Cy Young Award winners announced. Zack Wheeler is very much in the running. His main competitors seem to be Corbin Burnes and Max Scherzer.
If workload matters, Wheeler will win. This is a regular season award, and in the regular season he pitched 34 more innings than Scherzer and 46 more than Burnes.
November 10: Qualifying Offer Deadline
Players to whom their team’s one-year qualification offer has been extended must formally decide whether to accept or reject. The QO for 2022 is actually down from 2021. It was $18.9 million last year and is expected to be $18.4 million this winter.
If a player accepts the qualifying offer, the team has it for $18.4 million in 2022. If he refuses, the former team receives draft compensation if he signs elsewhere.
November 11: MVP
MVP awards announced on MLB Network. Bryce Harper’s top competitors are Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Austin Riley. Again, only three will be finalists. It will be an extremely tight race. There are arguments to be made for all four, thinking Tatis’ case might be the weakest since his second half didn’t come close to Soto or Harper and his team was among the worst in baseball. over the past two months.
November 15: Hall of Fame ballot
The HOF ballot for 2022 is released. Voting takes place on New Year’s Eve.
November 19: end of rule 5
College players drafted in 2018 or earlier, and high school players drafted in 2017 or earlier must be added to their team’s 40-player roster or they will be eligible to enter the next Rule 5 draft.
December 1: Excluding calls for tenders
The deadline for teams not to present their eligible players for pre-arbitration and arbitration. Unsubmitted players immediately become free agents.
December 5-9: Winter Meetings
MLB’s annual winter meetings are held in San Diego, culminating in the Rule 5 Draft.
January 14: Arbitration discussions
The deadline for teams to exchange numbers with players eligible for arbitration. If the team and player fail to find common ground and come to an agreement, they have an arbitration hearing. These hearings take place in mid-February.
February 26: Spring training opens
Pitchers and catchers officially report the previous week.
March 31: Beginning of the regular season