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12/13/2006 5:00 PM ET
2007 Major League important dates
As of 12/8/06

Jan. 4-13 Period in which a player may make submission to arbitration. {Art. VI (F)(5)}
Jan. 17 All Clubs must submit their Salary Arbitration filing figures to the Labor Relations Department ("LRD") by 12:00 p.m. ET. The LRD and Major League Baseball Players Association ("MLBPA") will exchange salary arbitration filing figures in the afternoon.
Feb. 1- Feb. 20 Salary arbitration hearings held. {Art. VI (F)(5)}
Feb. 15 - Waivers secured on/after November 11th expire at 5:00 p.m. ET.
 - First date injured players, pitchers and catchers may be invited to attend spring training workouts. {Art. XIV (A)}
Feb. 16 New waiver period begins. Outright Waivers secured on/after this date are good for seven days (or until 5:00 p.m. ET on April 30, whichever is earlier). Optional Waivers secured on/after this date are good through 5:00 p.m. ET on April 30. {MLR 10(c)(4)}
Feb. 20 First date all other players may be invited to attend spring training workouts. {Art. XIV (A)}
Feb. 27 Mandatory date players are required to report for first spring training workout. {Art. XIV(A)}
March 2 First date to renew contracts. Ten-day renewal period ends on March 11th. {U.P.C. Paragraph 10(a)}
March 7 First date Clubs may ask waivers on draft-excluded players acquired after 8/15/06 or players chosen in the 2006 Rule 5 draft meeting. {MLR 6(e) & MLR 10(e)}
March 11 Last date to renew contracts.
March 12 First date draft-excluded/selected players may be assigned to a minor league club. {MLR 6(e) & MLR 10(e)}
March 14 - Last date to request Unconditional Release waivers (By 2:00 p.m. ET) to be secured by March 16th, in order to owe only 30 days termination pay. {Art. IX (B)}
  In the case of a split contract:
a - The minor league rate of termination pay will be owed if U.R. waivers are requested by 2:00 p.m. today.
 b - The Major League rate of termination pay will be owed if U.R. waivers are requested AFTER 2:00 p.m. today. {Art. IX (D)}
 EXCEPTION TO SPLIT CONTRACT TERMINATION PAY: THE ABOVE DOES NOT APPLY to players who cannot be assigned to the minor leagues without their consent and for players selected in the preceding Rule 5 draft.
March 15 - Unconditional Release waivers requested today until 2:00 p.m. ET March 28th will owe 45 days termination pay. {Art. IX (B)}
March 16 Last day to assign an injured player to a minor league club until the close of the championship season (OUTRIGHT or OPTIONALLY) provided that: (Art. XIX (C)}
 a) The player has less than 3 years of Major League service
 b) The assignment would not be the player's second (or subsequent) career outright since 3/19/90
 c) The player had NO MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE the prior championship season
 d) The player was not selected by the assignor Major League club in the immediately preceding Rule 5 Draft
March 28 Last date to request U.R. waivers by 2:00 p.m. ET, if you will hand, telephone, or fax notice to player, without incurring full season salary. (Owe 45 days termination pay). {Art. IX (B)}
April 1 Official opening of the 2007 championship season. All Clubs are required to cut down rosters to 25 players before April 1.
April 30 Waivers secured on/after February 16th expire at 5:00 p.m. ET
May 1 This is the 31st day of the 2007 championship season. New waiver period begins. Assignment waivers secured on/after this date are good through 5:00 p.m. ET on July 31st. {MLR 10(c)(4)}
May 15 Earliest date Clubs may re-sign players that they unconditionally released between midnight August 31, 2006 and April 1, 2007. {MLR 8(i)(2)}
TBD Start of closed period-- First-Year Player Draft
TBD First-Year Player Draft
July 10 All-Star Game at AT&T Park-San Francisco, CA
July 31 Waivers secured on/after May 1, 2007 expire at 5:00 p.m. ET. Players may be traded between Major League clubs until 4:00 p.m. ET without Trade Waivers in effect {MLR 10(b)(1)}.
August 1 Beginning today through the last day of the championship season, players may be assigned between Major League clubs ONLY after Trade Waivers have been secured during the current waiver period. {MLR 10(b)(1)}
  New waiver period begins
  Trade waivers secured on/after today (8/1) are in effect until the conclusion of the championship season. {MLR 10(c)(4)(A)}
 Outright waivers secured on/after today (8/1) are in effect for until midnight ET on 8/31. {MLR10(c)(4)(iv)}
August 15 Last date to bring player up for "full trial" to avoid draft-excluded status. {MLR 6(e)}
August 31 - Any player unconditionally released between midnight tonight and Opening Day of next season may not be re-signed to a Major League contract by the releasing team until May 15th of the following season. {MLR 8(i)(2)}
 - Post-season eligibility lists are established at midnight tonight (MLR 40). To be eligible, a player must be a bona fide member of a qualifying team on August 31st and must remain a bona fide member through the end of the applicable post-season series.
 - Outright waivers secured on/after (8/1) are in effect until midnight ET tonight (8/31). {MLR10(c)(4)(iv)}
Sept. 1 - Active player limit increased from 25 to 40.
 -Outright waivers secured on/after today (9/1) are in effect for only seven (7) days. {MLR10(c)(4)(v)}
Sept. 30 - Official closing of the 2007 championship season.
Oct. 1 - All players on optional assignment must be recalled. {MLR 11(a)}
 - Beginning today, players may be traded between Major League clubs without any waivers in effect.
Close of World Series October 15th or the day following the end of the World Series (whichever is later) marks the commencement of the 15-day period during which eligible players may elect free agency. {Art. XX (B)}
4th Day After World Series Last date to request waivers on draft-excluded players until 25 days prior to the opening of the following season. {MLR 10(e)(6)}
16th Day After World Series - First day Major League free agents may negotiate and sign with a Club other than their former Club. {Art. XX (B)(2)(c)}
Nov. 10 Waivers secured on/after Aug. 1, 2007, expire at 5:00 p.m. ET. {MLR 10(c)(4)}
Nov. 11 New waiver period begins. Waivers (exclusive of Outright waivers) secured today and after shall be in effect until February 15, 2008.
Nov. 20 - Day to file reserve lists for all Minor League levels and Major Leagues
 - Last date to make an off-season outright assignment of an injured player to the Minor Leagues if the player does not meet the requirements listed in Article XIX(C)(b) of the Basic Agreement.
Dec. 1 - Last date for former Clubs to offer salary arbitration to ranked XX(B) free agents in order to be eligible for compensation.
Dec. 6 - Major League Rule 5 Draft
Dec. 7 Last date for player, who declared free agency under Art. XX (B), to accept an arbitration offer from former club.
Dec. 12 Last date to tender contracts.


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