"Full" 2003-2004 Calendar

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"Full" 2003-2004 Calendar

Postby mlpeel » Sun Oct 19, 2003 11:49 pm

This is as complete as I can make it at this time; I don't yet have revenue sharing integrated in, nor some other minor league information, but I'll try to include those some other time.
Some of these dates have yet to be set by the Commissioner (or in a few cases the Cubs); in such cases, I'll either estimate or give the rule covering the date assignment.

For those not interested in some of the rather trivial aspects involved in running a major league organization, there's a simplied calendar in an accompanying thread.

NOTE TO ALL: Please do not post on this thread unless you have a question about (or an addition or correction to) one of the dates listed below. I intend to police this thread and remove unsuitable posts; that will make it simpler for the folks who want to read it.

Thank you,
MLP


2003

August 1: New waiver period begins.
Also, players must clear general waivers to be traded.
Also, by this date the Commissioner's Office must circulate the list of all potential minor league free agents to all major and minor league clubs; each player on the list also must be notified by this date.

August 1-October 31: A major league player on the Voluntarily Retired, Restricted, Disqualified, or Ineligible lists may not be reinstated during this period unless his placement on that list was a disciplinary matter.

August 1-undetermined: A minor league player on the Voluntarily Retired, Restricted, Disqualified, or Ineligible lists may not be reinstated until the end of the minor league season and postseason.

August 2: Major league players released from this date forward who are subsequently signed as managers or coaches cannot be re-signed as major league players by the releasing club until the following season.

August 10: Double A and Triple A active rosters expand to 24 players.

August 16: Players added to the 40 man roster from this date forward are considered draft-excluded for the purposes of the following Rule 5 draft. Such players cannot be exposed to general, outright, or special waivers until the following spring training and can't be optioned to the minors until the expiration of a trial period.

August 20-26: When a Player Development Contract (PDC) between a major league club and a minor league club is in its final year, either party can give notice of its intent to terminate the PDC by notifying its central office. Major league clubs notify the Commissioner's Office; minor league clubs notify the President of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. NOTE: there should be no PDCs in their final year in 2003.

August 27-September 5: All clubs with terminating PDCs are notified of any clubs in the same classification in the minors seeking a new PDC.

August 31: Players must be on a major league active roster or disabled list by midnight to be eligible for the postseason.
Also, salaries for all players as of this date will be used by the arbitration panel to decide arbitration cases in the following off-season.

September 1: Major league active rosters expand to 40.
Also, after this date a major league player must clear special waivers before his contract can be assigned to a minor league team, even if general waivers have already been obtained on that contract.
Also, major league players released from this date forward cannot be re-signed to major league contracts by the releasing club until the following season.
Also, players with no major league experience prior to this date become eligible for a supplemental allowance if traded to another major league club in the 2004 season.

Labor Day: End of the regular season for Class Triple A, Double A, Advanced A, and A leagues.

End of Minor League Club Season (including playoffs): From a minor league club's season-ending date forward, a player may not be optionally assigned to that club; all players optionally assigned to the club must be recalled. Players can be optioned again starting in spring training.

September 6-25: Clubs with terminating PDCs may attempt to affiliate with clubs of the proper classification.

September 26: Major league and minor league clubs that have failed to reach agreement on PDCs at all of the required levels will have PDCs assigned to them by the Commissioner's Office after appropriate consultation with the President of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.

September 29: Players can be traded without clearing waivers.
Also, from this date forward an injured major league player unable to play can have his contract assigned outright to the minors provided a.) he has less than 3 years of major league service; b.) he has not previously been assigned outright to the minor leagues in his career; c.) he had no major league service in the prior regular season; and d.) he was not selected in the most recent Rule 5 draft. Players who meet those requirements can be outrighted until spring training.
Also, from this date forward an injured major league player unable to play can have his contract assigned outright to the minors if a.) he doesn't yet have a major league contract for the 2004 season, and b.) he is not offered a salary cut greater than the 20%/30% guidelines. Players meeting these requirements can be outrighted until reserve lists are filed with the Commissioner's Office. Note: players who qualify for arbitration under the Super Two rule may elect free agency rather than accept the outright assignment. If such a player accepts the assignment, he does not get any subsequent right to elect free agency, as do other players who decline to exercise rights to refuse minor league assignment.

September 29-October 15: During this period, a player who received but declined a right to unrestricted free agency when his contract was assigned outright to a minor league club during the season may once again elect unrestricted free agency unless his contract was re-added to the team's major league reserve list before he exercises that right. Players gain such a right if they have 3 or more years of major league service or have already been assigned outright to the minors at least once in their careers but do not exercise their right to refuse a minor league assignment at the time it is made.

September 30: New year begins for PDCs. PDCs that completed their final year and were not explicitly extended but also were not terminated between August 20 and August 26 are automatically renewed.

Ocotber 1-31: Major league clubs intending to relocate into a minor league club's territory for the 2004 season must file notice of intent to move with the Commissioner's Office.

October 10-November 10: General waivers may not be requested on any player during this period. Note: special waivers to assign a player contract to a minor league club without right of recall and unconditional release waivers can still be requested during this period.

October 15: Minor league contracts expire for the current season; if a minor league contract has no automatic renewals left, the player becomes a minor league free agent.
Also, the Major League Baseball Players Association must complete its review of the draft 2004 schedule by this date.

October 16: The Commissioner's Office issues a list of all new minor league free agents to the major league and minor league clubs.

October 21-undetermined: Starting on October 21, no minor league club can assign a player contract to any other professional baseball club. This non-assignment period usually ends when the National Association of Baseball Leagues holds its annual meeting (by rule, scheduled between November 20 and December 10, inclusive), but the Commissioner may set a later date in years when the World Series ends on or after October 12.

October 26: For the next 15 days from this date, players with 6 or more years of major league service who do not have contracts for the 2004 season may elect free agency. During this period, a player's 2003 club is the only club which can discuss financial terms with the free agent, though other clubs can indicate their interest and sell the player on the advantages of signing with them.
Also, some players traded during the season gain a right to demand a trade after the season; they can exercise that right for the next 15 days from this date forward.
Also, for the next 5 days from this date, a club must offer salary arbitration to a player who previously deferred his eligibility for free agency by demanding a trade.

November 4: Cubs organizational meetings

November 10: From this date forward, players who have elected free agency can negotiate and sign with any team. A free agent signed from this date forward (including any free agent who re-signs with his 2003 team) cannot be traded without his consent until the middle of next season, even if he has no other contract clauses or rights to prevent or limit a trade.

November 10-14: General Managers' meetings in Phoenix.

November 11: New waiver period begins.

Not later than November 15: The Commissioner's Office will issue the official 2004 schedule.

Not later than November 20: Major and Minor League Reserve Lists must be filed with the Commissioner's Office by midnight of a date designated by the Commissioner (probably 11/19 this year). Minor league reserves lists become frozen and players listed on them cannot be added to the major league reserve, though players may still be added to a frozen reserve list through outright assignment of major leaguers to the minors and signing minor league free agents.

December 7: Deadline for a club to offer arbitration to its departing free agents; failure to offer arbitration ends the club's ability to negotiate with a free agent until the following season and also forfeits the possibility of draft pick compensation for the loss of that free agent.

December 8-December 15: During this period, no major league player contract can be assigned to a minor league reserve list.

December 11-14: Winter meetings in New Orleans

December 15: Rule 5 draft in New Orleans. Minor league reserve lists unfreeze upon the completion of the draft. The Cubs select 26th in 2003.

December 16-January 15: Clubs must tender contracts to players assigned outright to a minor league affiliate who do not have 2004 contracts. The player becomes an unrestricted free agent upon failure to tender an offer.

December 16-March 1: Clubs must tender salary addenda to all players on their minor league reserve lists.

December 19: Deadline for a free agent to accept an arbitration offer from his 2003 club. A player accepting arbitration is considered signed and is no longer a free agent. A player who fails to accept the offer may continue to negotiate with his 2003 club.

December 20: The Commissioner's Office submits the Central Tender Letter to the Major League Baseball Players Association. Teams must notify the Commissioner by this date to include any unsigned players on their 40 man reserve lists to whom they wish to retain reserve rights. Failure to include an unsigned player in the Central Tender Letter makes the player an unrestricted free agent, immediately able to negotiate with all clubs (including the one that failed to tender an offer). Contracts must also be tendered to players on the major league restricted list because they failed to report or failed to sign a contract; also to players on the major league disqualified list for failing to render services.
Also, the beginning of a contract year for the purposes of the Competitive Balance Tax. The Commissioner's Office notifies the clubs and the Major League Baseball Players Association of all amounts owed under the Competitive Balance Tax from the previous year.

2004

January 1: Last day for a winter league team to request the services of a major league player.
Also, if the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Major League Labor Relations Department have not agreed on the arbitrators for this off-season by this date, they shall request lists of professional arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association and make up the 3 man arbitration panels by a challenge process.

January 2-12: Salary arbitration filing period for major league clubs. During this period, a club submits a player salary to arbitration by mailing a registered letter to the player whose salary is being arbitrated, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and the Major League Labor Relations Department. The submission takes effect 3 days after the mailing date of the registered letter, so the actual effective dates for a club to file for arbitration are the same as player filings below.

January 5-15: Salary arbitration filing period for players.

January 6: Baseball Writers of America announce their Hall of Fame voting results.

January 8: A club which has offered arbitration to a free agent who fails to accept the offer loses the right to negotiate with that free agent.

January 16: Deadline for major league clubs moving into new territory to notify the Commissioner's Office that the move has been completed.

January 8-18: Players and clubs exchange salary arbitration numbers. The exchange is effected through the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Major League Labor Relations Department

January 31: Clubs must pay up what they owe under the Competitive Balance Tax or be held in arrears.

February 1: If a player on the Voluntarily Retired, Disqualified, or Ineligible Lists applies to the Commissioner for reinstatement from this date forward, the Commissioner cannot reinstate that player before giving 30 days written notice to the player's major or minor league club. It isn't clear whether this notice requirement applies for until the end of the season or to the end of the calendar year. Note: this notice is not required for major league players on those lists for disciplinary reasons.

February 1-20: Salary arbitration hearings are held. Arbitrators must render a decision within 24 hours of hearing a case.

February 8-14: Pitchers, catchers, and injured players report to spring training. The Cubs will probably report on 2/12 or 2/13.

February 10: All winter league play must must terminate for players under contract to a major league organization.

February 15: Starting on this date, the Commissioner has 30 days to approve or disapprove player contracts rather than the normal 20.

February 16: New waiver period begins.

around February 18: Voluntary spring training camp reporting date for all major league players.

around February 23: Mandatory spring training camp reporting date for all major league players.

March 1-10: Teams can unilaterally renew the contracts of unsigned players on their reserve lists.

around March 1: Minor league spring training camp mandatory reporting date.

around March 3: Clubs can attempt to secure waivers on draft-excluded players, something prohibited since the player's contract was purchased.

around March 8: Draft-excluded players to the minor leagues from this date forward.

around March 10: First time major league players can be optioned to the minor leagues from this date forward.
Also from this date forward, a player obtained in the Rule 5 draft can be released or assigned outright to the minors, provided he has cleared the appropriate waivers and his 2003 organization doesn't want him back.

around March 10, 2 PM EST: Deadline to request waivers for the release of players with non-guaranteed contracts and owe only 30 days of 2004 season salary as termination pay (for the rest of spring training, released players are owed 45 days of pay).
Also, the deadline to request unconditional release waivers for players with split contracts and owe only the minor league pay rate as termination pay (for the rest of spring training, released players with split contracts are owed termination pay based on the major league rate specified in the contract).

around March 12: Last day players unable to play due to injury who have less than 3 years of major league service (and none the previous year) can be assigned outright to the minors. Exception: injured players selected in the most recent Rule 5 draft cannot be assigned outright to the minors even if they meet the service requirements; likewise injured players who have already had at least 1 career outright assignment to the minors cannot be assigned outright.
Also, from this date forward to the end of the season, a player traded from one major league team to another receive from the team acquiring the player a supplemental moving allowance to cover the first week of expenses in his new city. Note: the player must meet certain eligibility requirements to receive this allowance.

March 15: A player who exercised a right to demand a trade becomes an unrestricted free agent if a.) his club did not trade him, and b.) he has not previously retracted his trade demand.
Also, the chair of each arbitration panel discloses how individual panel members voted on each case. The Major League Baseball Players Association and the Major League Labor Relations Department use these voting results to help determine the makeup of the next offseason's arbitration panels.

around March 18: A player with 5 years of major league service who has the right to refuse a minor league assignment may provide written consent in advance to a minor league assignment, provided said assignment takes place within 45 days of the consent or Opening Day, whichever is later.

around March 24, 2 PM EST: Deadline to request waivers for the release of players with non-guaranteed contracts without owing the entire balance of the contract's 2004 salary.

around March 27: Final 25 man active rosters must be filed with the Commissioner's Office by midnight.

around March 28: Major League Opening Day

April 1: Opening Day for Class Triple A, Double A, Advanced A, and A leagues. Note: a later Opening Day for the majors could push this to April 8.

around April 8: Players called up from the minors from this date forward will not accumulate a full year of major league service in 2004. This defers their free agency and possibly their eligibility for arbitration also.

April 15: Starting on this date, the Commissioner has 20 days to approve or disapprove player contracts.

around April 27: New waiver period begins.
Also, special waivers are no longer required to assign a major league contract to a minor league team.

May 1: Double A and Triple A active rosters decrease from 24 to 23. Note: if Minor League Opening Day is on April 8, the roster limits will decrease on May 8.

May 1: A club can once again negotiate to sign any unsigned free agent to whom it did not offer arbitration by the preceding December 7; likewise any unsigned free agents it *did* offer arbitration but who rejected it.

May 15: Major league players released after midnight August 31, 2003 (or midnight August 1, 2003, if they were subsequently signed as coaches or managers) can be re-signed by the releasing/former club.

around May 27: Closed period begins 1 week before the start of the June draft. Teams lose negotiating rights to unsigned players drafted in the 2003 June draft. Note: there are exceptional circumstances under which a player may still be signed during the closed period.

around June 1-2: Rule 4 amateur draft. In 2004, the Cubs select 25th in the first round.

June 5: Date to determine a player's age for the purposes of the Rule 5 draft. Players 18 and under on this date without professional experience who subsequently sign a 2003 minor league contract will be eligible for selection in the 2007 Rule 5 draft; players 19 and older will be eligible in the 2006 Rule 5 draft.

June 16: A club may trade a player who elected free agency after the previous World Series and was signed after the election period without that player's consent. Note: this does not, of course, override possible no-trade clauses in the player's contract.

around June 17: Earliest possible date for Opening Day for short season leagues.

around June 18: Deadline for teams to notify a drafted player of his selection in the June draft and to tender him a contract. Properly notified players are added to the team's Negotiation List and can only be signed by that team until that team's rights to negotiate with that player lapse. Players who have not been properly notified can ask the Commissioner's Office to void the Negotiation Right of the selecting team; they are free to sign with any major league team 15 days after the Commissioner voids the selection.

June 30: Commissioner's Office must have a tentative 2005 schedule prepared by midnight of this day.

July 1: Players with no previous professional experience may be signed to 2005 contracts. Exception: players in the Armed Services can be signed for the current or future season immediately after the June draft.
Also, Commissioner's Office must present the tentative 2005 schedule to the Major League Baseball Players Association.

July 31: Non-waiver trade deadline.
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Postby CuseCubFan69 » Mon Oct 20, 2003 5:49 am

Wow.....even better ML, thanks again. It's nice to have this info at a mouse click.

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Postby Tim » Mon Oct 20, 2003 9:34 am

ml,

do you have any ideas on the windows for Sosa to exercise his option or if the window for the Cubs to trade him exists somewhere in this time period?

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Postby mlpeel » Mon Oct 20, 2003 11:11 am

Tim wrote:ml,

do you have any ideas on the windows for Sosa to exercise his option or if the window for the Cubs to trade him exists somewhere in this time period?


That sort of thing is determined by language in the contract rather than the Major League Rules or the Basic Agreement (which govern most of the dates I've listed). As a general thing, though, player/team option deadlines tend to track the time period of regular free agency fairly closely: players want to be free while all the jobs are unfilled, while teams don't want to get stuck with only a few mediocre alternatives available after a player leaves.

The only thing I know definitely about the Cubs' ability to trade Sosa is that his contract specifies more than one trade window; but that might just mean the same time period in more than 1 year. I believe the Cubs have some possibility of swapping him before the trade deadline, but that's just my belief: most of the people I talk to would have no way of knowing what's in Sammie's contract and the few who might don't say.

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Postby Tim » Mon Oct 20, 2003 12:38 pm

mlpeel wrote:
Tim wrote:ml,

do you have any ideas on the windows for Sosa to exercise his option or if the window for the Cubs to trade him exists somewhere in this time period?


That sort of thing is determined by language in the contract rather than the Major League Rules or the Basic Agreement (which govern most of the dates I've listed). As a general thing, though, player/team option deadlines tend to track the time period of regular free agency fairly closely: players want to be free while all the jobs are unfilled, while teams don't want to get stuck with only a few mediocre alternatives available after a player leaves.

The only thing I know definitely about the Cubs' ability to trade Sosa is that his contract specifies more than one trade window; but that might just mean the same time period in more than 1 year. I believe the Cubs have some possibility of swapping him before the trade deadline, but that's just my belief: most of the people I talk to would have no way of knowing what's in Sammie's contract and the few who might don't say.

I knew it was part of the language of the contract as opposed to the CBA. I was just wondering if you had any insight. Sounds like it is being kept pretty quiet.

Thanks!

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Postby mlpeel » Mon Oct 20, 2003 1:02 pm

Tim wrote:I knew it was part of the language of the contract as opposed to the CBA.


I wouldn't doubt that you did -- but some other folks might not, so I thought I'd spell it out.


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