The Off Season Began Yesterday

Monday, November 07 2022 @ 11:54 AM EST

Contributed by: Magpie

And these are the dates one needs to know.

Nov. 6 - The first of five days when their former teams have exclusive negotiating rights with their own free agents (Jays - Stripling, Phelps, Bradley.) Teams can also begin making trades.

Nov. 8-10 - GM Meetings. What happens in Las Vegas...

Nov. 10 - Free agents are now able to sign anywhere they please. It's also the last day for teams to  extend Qualifying Offer to eligible players. And it's the last day for teams or players to exercise contract options for 2023.

Nov. 15 - Players must accept or decline a Qualifying Offer by this date. Teams will set their 40 man rosters for the Rule 5 draft. With their free agents off the roster, but their residents of the 60 day IL back on, the Jays are currently at 40. There will probably be cuts to make room for players eligible for the Rule 5 draft and who would therefore need to be added to the 40 man to protect them from it, such as O.Martinez, Horwitz, Hiraldo, Morris, Barger, Robertson, G.Martinez, Nunez, Robbins, Zulueta, Kloffenstein.

Nov. 18 - Tender deadline for arbitration eligible players (Jays - Guerrero, Hernandez, Bichette, Tapia, Romano, Jansen, Cimber, Biggio, Espinal, Mayza, Richards, Zimmer, Thornton.) Obviously some of these will be non-tendered - Tapia and Zimmer come to mind.

Dec. 5-7 - Winter Meetings, in sunny San Diego. Hey, it's December.

Dec. 7 - Rule 5 Draft

Kudos to Kaitlyn McGrath at The Athletic, who set all this out, and from whose work I have quite shamelessly cribbed. At least I had the decency to actually do some typing. No copying and pasting was involved.