This is the MLB Offseason Calender at Total Bases.
Nov. 16 — AL and NL Rookie of the Year Award winners announced
Nov. 17 — AL Cy Young Award winner announced
Nov. 18 — AL and NL Manager of the Year Award winners announced
Nov. 18-19 — MLB owners meetings, Chicago
Nov. 19 — AL Cy Young Award winner announced
Nov. 20 — Free agency opens
Nov. 20 — Reserve lists for all major and minor League levels filed.
Nov. 23 — AL MVP winner announced
Nov. 24 — NL MVP winner announced
Nov. 30 — Players union executive board meeting, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Dec. 1 — Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became free agents.
Dec. 7 — Last day for free agents offered salary arbitration to accept the offers.
Dec. 7-10 — Winter meetings, Indianapolis.
Dec. 10 — Major League Rule 5 Draft
Dec. 12 — Last day for teams to offer 2010 contracts to unsigned players.
Jan 5-15 — Salary arbitration filing.
Jan. 19 — Exchange of salary arbitration figures.
Feb. 1-21 — Salary arbitration hearings.
March 2-11 — Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players.
March 17- Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days.
March 31 — Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2008 salary.
April 4 — Opening day, active rosters reduced to 25 players.
July 13 — All-Star Game, Anaheim, Calif.
July 25 — Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y.
July 31 — Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.
Aug. 15 — Last day to sign selections from 2010 amateur draft who have not exhausted college eligibility.
Sept. 1 — Active rosters expand to 40 players.
November — Free agent filing period, first 15 days after World Series ends.
Dec. 4-7 — Winter meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Dec. 12 — Last day for teams to offer 2011 contracts to unsigned players.
Here is every off-season transaction so far. I will update this for every transaction.
Traded Hunter Jones and Jose Alverez for Jeremy Hermida
Declined Alex Gonzalez’s option
Re-signed Tim Wakefield
Picked up Victor Martinez’s option
Declined Jason Varitek’s option
Signed Marco Scutaro
Re-signed Gabe Kapler
Traded Akonori Iwamora for Jessse Chavez
Picked up Carl Crawford’s option
Declined Gregg Zaun’s option
Declined Brian Shouse’s option
Traded for Kelly Shoppach
Aquired Jake Fox and Aaron Miles
Re-signed Bobby Abreu
Re-signed Geoff Blum
Declined Doug Brocial’s option
Claimed Jarret Hoffpauer off waivers
Claimed Sean Henn off waivers
Lost Joe Inglett to waivers
Signed Alex Gonzalez
Traded JJ Hardy for Carlos Gomez
Signed Greg Zaun
Signed Scott Procter
Extended Tim Hudson
Signed Billy Wagner
Signed Takashi Saito
Picked up Brandon Webb’s option
Declined Chad Tracey’s option
Declined Jon Garland’s option
Manny Rameriz picks up his player option
Re-signed Freddy Sanchez
Claimed Yusmiero Petitt off waivers
Extended Jack Wilson
Signed Chone Figgins
Traded Jeremy Hermida for Hunter Jones and Jose Alverez
Declined option on Ross Gload
Declined JJ Putz’s option
Claimed Doug Slaton off waivers
Declined option on Austin Kearns
Picked up Cliff Lee’s option
Decline Pedro Feliz’s option
Signed Placido Polonco
Traded Jesse Chavez for Akonori Iwamora
Released Jason Grilli
Claimed Joe Inglett off waivers
Re-signed Matt Belise and Randy Flores
Decline option on Yorvitt Torrealba
Decline option on Alan Embree
Traded Mark Teahen for Chris Getz and Josh Fields
Traded Carlos Gomez for JJ Hardy
Picked up Micheal Cuddeyer’s option
Traded Chris Getz and Josh Feilds for Mark Teahen
Declined Jermaine Dye’s option
Re-sgned Mark Kotsay
There are rumors of Jonathan Papelbon being traded, Takashi Saito’s option was declined, Ramon Ramirez and Manny Delcarmen may not be around next year, Billy Wagner is also a free agent.
And thats just the bullpen.
We know Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and Daisuke Matsuzaka will be back next year. Will the Red Sox be interested in Felix Hernandez and Roy Halladay? Will Clay Bucholz be that big trade chip? Will they pick up a player like Rich Harden, Ben Sheets, or Mark Mudler? Will Tim Wakefield be back?
Write your opinion in comments.
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Here are today’s News and Rumors.
The Brewers and Reds compleated August’s David Weathers trade, with the Reds getting cash.
The Chicago Cubs released OF So Taguchi. He hit .248 in Triple-A Iowa last season.
The Dodgers declined their club option on RP Will Ohman.
The Red Sox’s Billy Trabor is a minor league free agent, along with the Rockie’s Adam Eaton.
The Red Sox signed Reynoldo Rodriguez of the Golden Baseball League.
A waiver is permission from other clubs to trade or assign a Major League player’s contract. A waiver request is filed through the Commissioner’s Office and granted for a limited time period.
There are four types of waivers: 1) unconditional release waivers, 2) outright waivers, 3) optional waivers, and 4) trade assignment waivers.
Unconditional Release Waivers
A club that wishes to release a player places him on unconditional release waivers. He then may be claimed for $1, but the player has five days to choose whether to accept it or refuse the claim and become a free agent. If the player rejects the claim, he become a free agent and forfeits the remaining money due on his contract. If the player accepts the claim, the new team pays him under the contract he signed with his former team. If no team claims the player, he becomes a free agent.
Irrevocable Outright Waivers
A club that wishes to remove a player from its 40-man roster but keep him in its minor-league system must first place him on outright or special waivers. Outright waivers are not revocable, so a player claimed on outright waivers may not be pulled back by his original club. A club may not request outright waivers on a player with a complete no-trade clause or on a player ten-and-five rights.
Through 2006, outright waivers secured between September 1 and 30th day of the next season were known as Special Waivers. The owners and players eliminated Special Waivers in the 2007-2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Optional major league waivers are required when optioning a player who has options remaining but who is more than three calendar years removed from his first appearance on a Major League roster. Because optional waivers are revocable, players usually clear in this scenario.
Trade Assignment Waivers
Trade assignment waivers are utilized in August as a means to gauge trade interest. Between August 1 and the end of the season, a player may not be traded without first clearing trade assignment Major League waivers. If the player is not claimed within 47 business-day hours, he may be traded to any club. If the player is claimed by another club, the request may be revoked, allowing his current club to pull him back. However, the player’s current club also may 1) work out a trade with the claiming club within 48 ½ business-day hours, or 2) elect to allow the claiming club to take the player for a $20,000 fee and assume responsibility for his current contract. If more than one club claims a player, the club with the lower winning percentage has priority, but American League clubs have priority for AL players, and National League clubs have priority for NL players. Once a player on major league waivers has been claimed and the waiver request revoked, any subsequent request for major league waivers during the same waiver period is irrevocable. A player with a no-trade clause who is claimed on Major League waivers must be pulled back if the player’s no-trade clause allows him to block a deal to the claiming club. However, the player may waive the no-trade clause and join the claiming club.
Waiver periods & waiver claim priority
November 11 – April 30 (Nov. 11 – 30th day of the next season)
- The club with the worst won-loss record in the previous season has priority.
May 1 – July 31 (31st day of the season – July 31)
- The club with the worst won-loss record in the current season has priority.
August 1 – November 10
- The club with the worst won-loss record in the current season has priority, but American League clubs have priority for AL players, and National League clubs have priority for NL players.
A player and club who cannot agree on a contract may agree to salary arbitration, provided the player has enough Major League service time. CBA, Article VI F.
The following players are eligible for arbitration:
- Players with at least 3 but less than 6 years of Major League service time.
- The top 17 percent of players with at least 2 but less than 3 years of Major League service. (See Super 2). To qualify as a Super 2, a player must have accumulated at least 86 days of service in the previous year. (A year of service is 172 days. The historical cutoff point for Super 2 status is 2 years, 128 days of service, though the requirement has been as high as 2 years, 140 days.)
- Players who have filed for free agency and both received and accepted offers of arbitration from their former club.
- A club must offer contracts to players under its control by December 12.
- If a player has filed for free agency, his former club must offer him arbitration by December 1. If the player accepts by December 7, he becomes club property again, returns to the roster, and the two sides may continue to negotiate or go to an arbitration hearing. If the player declines, the sides may continue to negotiate. (A club offering arbitration to a player who has filed for free agency retains the right to draft-pick compensation if he signs elsewhere. The club forfeits compensation if it does not offer arbitration. See Free Agent Compensation.)
- The club’s salary offer to a player under its control (pre-free agency players) may not be less than 80% of the player’s salary and performance bonuses the previous year or less than 70% of his salary and performance bonuses from 2 years earlier. (Exception: If a player won an arbitration award the previous year increasing his salary 50% or more, the 80% requirement does not apply.) The 80% rule does not apply to free agents who are offered arbitration.
- In January, the player and the club each submit a salary figure for arbitration. The parties may continue to negotiate until the case goes before a three-person panel of professional arbitrators between Feb. 1-20.
- At the hearing, each party has one hour to argue its case and 30 minutes for rebuttal. The player is required to attend and generally represented by an agent. A club executive or attorney usually represents the club.
- Criteria the panel may consider include the player’s contribution to the club in terms of performance and leadership, the club’s record and attendance, “special accomplishments,” the salaries of comparable players in his service-time class and, for players with less than 5 years of service, the class one year ahead of him. The parties may not refer to team finances, previous offers made during negotiations, comments from the press or salaries in other sports or occupations.
- The panel, without opinion, awards the player a one-year, non-guaranteed contract at one salary or the other. If the player is cut before the 16th day before the season begins (March 14, 2007), he is entitled only to 30 days’ termination pay. If the player is cut during spring training but after the 16th day before the season begins (between March 15 and March 31, 2007), he is entitled only to 45 days’ termination pay.
Ok, before you call me crazy read this. I thought it was crazy at first too.
Papelbon has two years or arbitration left. He is the only Theo Epstein guy to go into arbitration. He will not accept a long term deal, and he has had shoulder problems in the past.
Now, I am not saying he isn’t a great closer, but this is stuff the Red Sox should look into.
They need a big bat in that lineup, and Papelbon is great trade bait. Adrian Gonzalez is not happening beacuse of Heath Bell, and Prince Feilder is not happening beacuse of Trever Hoffman.
The teams that could use a closer are Florida and Atlanta. The Braves do not have a big bat, and I highly doubt the Marlins would give up theirs, Hanley Rameriz. Other teams are the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs. Miguel Cabrera is Detroit’s big bat, and they might get a deal done, but this might be a long-shot. The Cubs have Derreck Lee, possibly? But I think Papelbon can get someone better than Lee.
But we would not even be having this conversation if they just keep Jason Bay, would we?