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Important 2012-2013 Off-Season Dates

Here's a quick guide to help you know when the Twins will be making their future-altering decisions.

Tim Umphrey

With Saturday's deadline looming for teams to sign their own free agents before they hit the open market, here's a cheat sheet that will give you all the important dates coming up this winter.

Thursday, November 2

Free agents may now negotiate with any club

Thursday, November 8

Final day for players to accept arbitration (Jared Burton, Drew Butera, Alexi Casilla, and Brian Duensing eligible)

Wednesday, November 7 to Friday, November 9

General Manager Meetings

Tuesday, November 20

Deadline for setting 40-man roster in advance of Rule 5 draft

Friday, November 30

Last day for teams to tender contracts

Monday, December 3 - Thursday, December 6

Winter Meetings

Thursday, December 6

Rule 5 Draft

January, 2013 (Dates TBD)

Arbitration figures exchanged between players and clubs

February, 2013 (Dates TBD)

Arbitration hearings