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2020-2021 MLB Offseason Thread
Can’t sleep so figured I’d get this started for people to post news and rumors


Here is a list of notable dates to monitor for offseason business…

OCTOBER 28: The beginning of a five-day period where teams and players must decide whether to exercise or decline contract options and opt-out clauses for the 2021 season. All eligible free agents are officially now “free agents,” though they cannot sign with anyone but their current team for five more days.

NOVEMBER 1: The deadline for teams to issue qualifying offers (one-year, $18.9MM contracts) to eligible free agents, at 4pm CT. Players issued qualifying offers then have ten days to decide on accepting or declining the QO. For more on what this year’s qualifying offer market could look like, click here and here.

NOVEMBER 2: Free agency officially opens, five days after the conclusion of the World Series.

EARLY NOVEMBER: The GM Meetings take place, this year in virtual fashion rather than an in-person event for team general managers and front office staffers, as well as player agents.

NOVEMBER 20: Teams must finalize their 40-man rosters in advance of the Rule 5 Draft on December. Any draft-eligible players within an organization who aren’t on a 40-man roster can be selected in the Rule 5 by another team.

DECEMBER 2: The deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A very large number of non-tenders are expected, as clubs look to save on payroll.

DECEMBER 6: The Winter Meetings are scheduled to take place in Dallas. While no official word has been made, it is expected that the in-person Winter Meetings will be canceled, and some version of the event may take place online.

DECEMBER 10: The Rule 5 Draft. Normally set for the final day of the Winter Meetings, the draft is expected to proceed as scheduled, just remotely.

JANUARY 15: The opening of the 2020-21 international signing period. A new addition to the winter calendar, the international signing window was pushed back from its usual July 2 date due to the pandemic. The 2020-21 signing period ends on December 15, 2021. The 2021-22 int’l signing window also won’t begin on July 2, 2021, as that period has now been pushed to January 15, 2022-December 15, 2022.

JANUARY 15: The deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to submit their salary figures to the league, if a deal hasn’t been reached by this date. Teams and players who can’t reach an agreement will go to an arbitration hearing to determine the player’s 2021 salary. With teams increasingly deploying the “file and trial” strategy of using the arb deadline as a strict date for working out contracts, any unsettled arbitration situations by this point are likely to advance to a hearing, though teams and players can agree to a contract at any point prior to the hearing actually taking place (most hearings are held in February).

FEBRUARY 27: The first Spring Training games are scheduled to take place. The actual opening of Spring Training camps should roughly begin two or three weeks prior, though that has yet to be determined.

APRIL 1: Opening Day


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Oct 30: Steve Cohen approved as new Mets owner


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I would expect a very slow free agent market this year. It wouldn’t surprise me if a bunch of big names don’t sign until a few weeks before spring training.


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Is Trevor Bauer to the Dodgers a lock? I know in the past he has said he wants to play there.


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Is Trevor Bauer to the Dodgers a lock? I know in the past he has said he wants to play there.

highly doubtful. IF the dodgers make a splashy move it would probably be to trade for lindor. My bet would be on Bauer to the Mets
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mizslu314
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im already pissed and done with the offseason.


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im already pissed and done with the offseason.


Same. Wong was one of my favorite Cardinals. Not bringing him back makes the entire infield defense considerably worse. His range is what made DeJong serviceable at shortstop. Tommy Edman is a worse defender than Wong (and not an everyday player, IMO), and Matt Carpenter is fricking terrible at 3rd base.


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I think Edman is a good player, but agreed on Carp. This cardinals love affair with Carp is my #1 issue with the organization


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I dont think any of us are ready for an edgelord on the scale of Bauer to be the most coveted free agent


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Would love for Bauer to come to Texas but no chance that happens.

Rangers not picking up Kluber’s option.


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Cubs have a lot of changes to make.

Joe Maddon wasn't the problem.

Pitching wasn't the biggest problem.

It has been this teams inability to drive runs in.

It's been staring management right in the face since 2016, yet they did nothing about it. They made one good move picking up Castellanos, but that only lasted a year because the idiots let him walk.

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have been declining every year. I think their time in a Cubs uniform is coming to an end.

I still have faith in guys like Baez, Contreras, and I cant believe who I'm about to say... Jason Heyward. Ian Happ showed up for us this year so he should get another chance.

Every other position player should be fair game to be traded.

I'll always be grateful that Theo brought us that elusive WS title, but it's time to make some big changes because what we have now isn't going to work.

I want the Cubs to take a shot on Benintendi.
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diremustang
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Rangers not picking up Kluber’s option


seems like the kind of guy the braves would target for a one year prove it deal


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ProjectP2294
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I dont think any of us are ready for an edgelord on the scale of Bauer to be the most coveted free agent


I just can't wait to see what team may be okay with letting him attempt to throw 250 innings next season.


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just can't wait to see what team may be okay with letting him attempt to throw 250 innings next season.


Meet the Mets


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Quidam65
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Would love for Bauer to come to Texas but no chance that happens.


That dude is a head case. The one positive thing the Rangers have is a clubhouse that isn't in turmoil; Bauer would wreck that within 10 minutes of his arrival.


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Lol should tell you all you need to know about how this offseason will play out. The team or two willing to spend should clean up on the guys they want


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Sam "fricking" Fuld is one of the 3 choices by the Red Sox. Dude is 38 and just retired in 2017


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Falco
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Players not offered
Brad Hand
Charlie Morton
Tommy Kahnle
Molten Wong
Edwin Encarcion
Carlos Santana
Chris Archer
Mike Zunino
Jimmy Nelson
John Lester
Brandon Kintzler
Chris Devenski
Gio Gonzales
Cory Kluber
Cam Bedrosian
Ben Gamel
Jeff Gykro
David Robertson
David Phelps
JA Happ
Brett Gardner
Ryan Braun
Darren O'Day
Sergio Romo
Mitch Moreland
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Oct 30: Steve Cohen approved as new Mets owner



LFG


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