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Twins 2016-2017 off-season: Important dates

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The MLB off-season is now officially underway. Here’s the dates to watch on the Twins’ calendar in the coming months.

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The Twins season ended a month ago, but their off-season hasn’t really started. With the new head front office dude, Derek Falvey, being wrapped up with the Indians’ deep post-season run, the team has had to wait to get things started (or at least, publicly get things started).

Now that the World Series is over (and wow, what a series), the real off-season can begin. The Twins will likely have many non-scheduled front office announcements coming in the next two weeks—but there are many scheduled important dates for the Twins off-season, too.

Without further ado—the Twins’ 2016-2017 important off-season dates.

November 3rd:

  • Eligible players become Free Agents at 8:00 am CT.

November 6th:

  • Last day to request waivers on draft-excluded players until next spring.

November 7th:

  • Last day to reinstate players from the 60-day DL. (All Twins’ players have already been activated off the 60-day DL.)
  • Last day to outright potential Minor League free agent without Major League contract, if permissible.
  • Last day for former club to tender qualifying offer to XX(B) players
  • Minor League players become Free Agents at 4:00 pm CT, if applicable

November 8th:

  • Eligible players and Minor League Free Agents may sign with any club
  • MLB General Managers Meetings begin in Scotsdale, AZ.Derek Falvey will represent the Twins.

November 10th:

  • MLB General Managers Meetings conclude.
  • Outright Waivers secured on or after September 1 expire at 4:00 pm CT

November 11th:

  • New waiver period begins

November 14th:

  • Last day for eligible players to accept qualifying offer from former club

November 16th:

  • Last date to ask Outright Waivers on an injured player, if permissible

November 18th:

  • Last date to outright an injured player to the Minor Leagues, if permissible.
  • Reserve lists for Major and Minor League levels filled by 7:00 pm CT.

November 30th:

  • Last date to request Outright Waivers to assign player prior to Rule 5 Draft, unless player has a 2017 Major League contract.

December 2nd:

  • Last day for club to offer 2017 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.

December 5th:

  • Winter meetings begin in Washington, DC.

December 8th:

  • Winter meetings conclude in Washington, DC.

February 13th:

  • Twins pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers, FL.

February 14th:

  • Twins pitchers and catchers hold first workout.

February 18th:

  • Twins position players report.

February 19th:

  • Twins hold first full-team workout (a.k.a. Tom Kelly kicks everyone’s ass).

February 24th:

  • Twins play first Spring Training exhibition game against Tampa Bay.

March 31st:

  • Twins play last Spring Training exhibition game against the Rochester Red Wings.