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MLB 2013-14 Off season Key Dates
All Awards summarized here -->
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/awards/y2012/index.jsp
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red = estimated date
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blue == known dateBold/Italic = award related
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DateEventWinners/notes/Nats Specific Impact this off-season
URL if applicable: updated for 2013 as needed
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Sept 29th, 2013Last day of regular seasonNo Nats post-season for 2013
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Oct 1st, 2013Beginning of 2013 Post season (NL WC game). End of Year BBWAA award ballots due (prior to beginning of post season)Some Nats may get some mentions
http://bbwaa.com/voting-faq/
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Oct 21rd, 2013Sporting News Comeback Players of the Year AL and NLMariano Rivera and Francisco Liriano winners
http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2013-10-21/al-comeback-player-of-year-mariano-river-nl-comeback-player-francisco-liriano
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Oct 25th, 2013Gold Glove finalists announcedSpan, Desmond finalists but no awards
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/gold-glove-award-finalists-announced?ymd=20131025&content_id=63344480&vkey=news_mlb
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Oct 27th, 2013Roberto Clemente Award givenCarlos Beltran 2013 winner; Zimmerman best Nats candidate
http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24143137/carlos-beltran-wins-2013-roberto-clemente-award
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Oct 28th, 2013Fielding Bible Awards givenNo Nats mentioned
http://www.fieldingbible.com/
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Oct 29th, 2013Rawlings AL & NL Gold Glove AnnouncementsSpan, Desmond finalists but no awards
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/orioles-royals-lead-pack-of-gold-glove-award-winners?ymd=20131029&content_id=63492878&vkey=news_mlb
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Oct 30th, 2013Last actual day of 2013 World Series; official end of 2013 seasonBoston wins Game 6 and takes the 2013 WS 4-2
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Oct 31st, 2013MLB Coaches contracts expireWill the Nats coaches be back?
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Oct 31st, 2013MLB announces nominees for GIBBYs
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/awards/y2013/gibbys/
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Oct 31st, 2013 (WS end + 1)Official start of FA period (8am CST the day after the last game of the WS)Dan Haren, Chad Tracy officially ex-Nats for now.
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Nov 2nd, 2013 (WS end + 3)Team and player options must be decided three days after the end of the World Series. (this may be WS + 5 by 2013)
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Nov 4th, 2013Clubs have to re-set their 40-man rosters, moving all 60-day DL players back to active.Nats had 2 empty slots: Detwiler and Garcia added back on 40/40
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Nov 4th, 2013Hall of Fame "Veterans Committee" releases ballot.
http://baseballhall.org/news/press-releases/twelve-finalists-comprise-expansion-era-ballot-hall-fame-consideration-2014
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Nov 4th, 2013 (WS end + 5)5pm: Deadline to make Qualifying offers for your own Fas (average of top 125 salaries or $14.1M for 2014). 5 days after end of WSwas 13.3M for 2013. Nats highly unlikely to offer Qos to their two Fas.
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Nov 4th, 2013 (WS end + 5)End of "Quiet Period." Teams have "exclusive" negotiating rights with their own free agents during this period.
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Nov 4th, 2013 (WS end + 5)5 days after WS ends: Free agent filing period and exclusive negotiating window ends at 12:01 a.m. ET. Free agents can sign with any team.Haren, Tracy only major league Fas for Nats in 2013.
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Nov 5th 2013MLB Comeback Players of the Year AL and NLLiriano, Rivera winners
http://pirates.scout.com/2/1343305.html
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Nov 4th, 2013 (WS end + 5)Free Agency granted to all eligible Minor League free agents (5 days after the end of the WS). Eligibility done on service time; 6 years ML service for college draftees or 7 years ML service for HS draftees or free agents under the age of 18.Plenty of significant, long-serving Nats farm hands hitting MLFA this year. Chris Marrero, Caleb Clay probably leading candidates
http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/2013/11/minor-league-free-agents-2013/
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Nov 4th, 2013MLBPA announces "Players Choice" awards: Player of the year, Comeback Player of the year, etc
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1837452-mlb-players-choice-awards-2013-results-full-list-of-winners
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Nov 5th, 2013BBWAA Award Nominees announced on MLB networks
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/bbwaa-announces-finalists-for-four-major-awards?ymd=20131105&content_id=63700492&vkey=news_mlb&partnerId=ed-7713411-619694693
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Nov 6th, 2013Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger AwardsIan Desmond wins 2013 Silver Slugger for NL shortstops
http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/06/silver-slugger-award-winners-as-theyre-announced/
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Nov 7th, 2013Wilson Defensive Player of the Year awards, given by MLB to best defensive player on each club.Denard Span Nats winner
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/wilson-honors-best-defensive-players-and-clubs?ymd=20131107&content_id=63767578&vkey=news_mlb
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Nov 11-13, 2013GM Meetings, Orlando, FL for 2013
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Nov 11th, 2013 (WS end + 12)12 Days after WS ends: Players must accept or reject Qualifying OptionsNeither Nats FA offered a Q.O. Not one of the 13 MLB players offered a Q.O. accepted for 2nd year in a row.
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/11/no-free-agents-accept-qualifying-offers.html
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Nov 11th, 2013Sporting News Executive of the Year announcedBen Cherington winner (Neil Huntington best NL)
http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2013-11-11/mlb-executive-of-the-year-ben-cherington-red-sox-award
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Nov 11th, 2013AL, NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year AwardsFernandez, Myers in walkovers.
http://mlb.si.com/2013/11/11/rookie-of-the-year-jose-fernandez-wil-myers/
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Nov 12th, 2013AL and NL Manager of the YearFrancona, Hurdle winners
http://mlb.si.com/2013/11/12/terry-francona-clint-hurdle-al-nl-manager-of-the-year/
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Nov 13th 2013AL and NL Cy YoungScherzer and Kershaw in. Zimmermann comes in 7th.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/tigers-ace-scherzer-easily-wins-233206036--mlb.html
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Nov 13-14th, 2013Owner Meetings, Orlando, FL for 2013
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1845975-a-baseball-fans-guide-to-the-2013-mlbs-gmowner-meetings
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Nov 14th 2013AL and NL Most Valuable PlayerCabrera and McCutchen win. Werth comes in 7th
http://mlb.si.com/2013/11/14/mvp-award-winners-miguel-cabrera-andrew-mccutchen/
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Nov 20th, 2013Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels. In other words, Last day to add players to 40-man to protect them from the Rule5 DraftNats Protection analysis; probably Solis, Souza, maybe Taylor or Barrett. Answer: Souza already on , other 3 protected
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Nov 26th, 2013Hall of Fame Ballot for 2014 class officially releasedThough we all already know who's on it.
http://bbwaa.com/
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Nov ?, 2013Rolaids Relief Man AnnouncedNo idea when date actually is. Website is down
www.rolaidsreliefman.com website down
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Dec 2nd, 2013Midnight: Deadline for teams to Tender contracts to arbitration eligible players. If not tendered, those players immediately become free agents. This is the non-tender deadline for arbitration eligible playersNo real non-tender scares for this year's arbitration eligible list of Nats. Nats have 8 players arb eligible this year: Zimmermann, Desmond, Ramos, Strasburg, Storen, Clippard, Detwiler, Ohlendorf.
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Dec 2nd, 2013Last day for teams to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players. (same thing as the non-tender deadline above?)
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Dec 3rd, 2013Baseball America announces its Executive of the YearBilly Beane = 2013 winner
http://www.baseballamerica.com/majors/executive-of-the-year-oaklands-billy-beane/
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Dec 5th, 2013Last date to request outright waivers to assign player prior to Rule 5 Draft
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Dec 9th, 2013Last date to outright a player prior to Rule 5 Draft
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Dec 9th, 2013Hall of Fame "Veterans Committee" officially announces the results of its votingBobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre all were unanimous selections
http://natsinsider.com/2013/12/09/la-russa-cox-torre-elected-to-hall-of-fame/
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Dec 9th, 2013MLB announces winners of 21 "GIBBY" awards (greatness in Baseball yearly awards)
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/awards/y2013/gibbys/
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Dec 9th-12th 2013Winter Meetings, Lake Buena Vista/Orlando, FLNats FA priorities: maybe a SP, maybe some bullpen help, bench help
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Dec 10th, 2013J.G. Taylor Spink Award voting results announcedwriter Paul Hagen
http://baseballhall.org/awards/j-g-taylor-spink/2013-j-g-taylor-spink-award-winner-paul-hagen
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Dec 13th, 2013MLB Balloting results announced for Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcastingRangers broadcaster Eric Nadel winner
http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2013/december/rangers-broadcaster-eric-nadel-is-the-2014-ford-c-frick-award-winner.html
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Dec 12th, 2013Rule 5 Draft. Occurs at Winter meetingsNats lose Nieto, take two in AAA phase.
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Dec 31st, 2013Deadline for BBWAA ballots for Hall of Fame voting.
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Jan 8th, 2014Hall of Fame BBWAA voting announced; the Hall of Fame class of 2014.Maddux, Glavine, Thomas inducted
http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10261922/baseball-hall-fame-class-2014-announced
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Jan 14th, 2014Salary arbitration filing DateNats have 8 remaining arbitration cases outstanding for 2014 by this date (Ohlendorf, Strasburg already signed)
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Jan 17th, 2014Salary arbitration figures exchanged (1pm)formality; how far off are the two sides? Lots of pressure to do signings before this deadline
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Feb 1-21, 2014Salary arbitration hearings (actual hearing date per player picked at random), Phoenix AZ
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Feb 13th, 2014Nats Mandatory Spring Training reporting date for Pitchers, Catchers, Injured players
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2014/01/07/nationals-pitchers-and-catchers-will-report-feb-13/
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Feb 15th, 2014Voluntary Spring Training reporting date for non-pitchers and catchers
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Feb 28th, 2014First Spring Training Game for the Nats
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/was/nationals-announce-2014-spring-training-schedule?ymd=20131106&content_id=63740032&vkey=news_was
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Mar 2-11th, 2014Contracts of unsigned players who are not yet eligible for Arbitration may be renewed
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March 13th, 2014Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days.
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March 27th, 2014Deadline to request unconditional release waivers without having to pay the player's full salary or $100k bonus for certain types of veterans
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March 31st, 20142014 Season Opener; Opening Day 2014; active rosters must be reduced to 25 players and 40-man rosters must be established
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/was/nationals-announce-2014-spring-training-schedule?ymd=20131106&content_id=63740032&vkey=news_was
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March 23rd-24th, 2014
Opening Series in Sydney, Australia: Dodgers vs. D-backs
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March 30th, 2013Opening Night 2014: teams TBD
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March 31st, 2014Traditional Opening Day (Cincinnati)Nats open at home to Miami
http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/schedule/sortable.jsp?c_id=was&year=2013
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