What is clear as we progress from the team in 2021 to the future is that this offseason is on of TRANSITION. Several big-name veterans will be leaving. How the team replaces them will determine if the championship window stays open and for how long. This essay will get you ready for the Astros offseason.
Let’s review the MLB off-season calendar. (These will link to the section of the article that addresses that period of time. in the off-season.
• Major League Players became Free Agents – 11/3
• Teams have exclusive rights to negotiate with their former players that are FA – 11/3-11/7- we will discuss the Correa options here
• Team Deadline to make qualifying offers- QOs – 11/7
• Free Agents open to negotiate with all teams – 11/8
• Minor League Free Agents – 11/8
• Deadline to reject/accept qualifying offers – 11/17
• Teams set their new 40-man rosters/ protect from Rule 5 draft – 11/19
• CBA Expires – 12/1
• Team Deadline to tender arbitration – 12/2 – if a player is not tendered or does not agree to a contract, they become a FA
Tentatively- all free agent signings and all of the following may be impacted by the CBA status
• Owners will lock out players if there is no CBA agreement or extension – 12/2
• Winter Meetings – 12/6-12/9
• Rule 5 draft – 12/9
• Arbitration numbers exchanged – 1/14
• Arbitration Hearings – 2/1-2/20
• Pitchers and catchers report - ~2/14
• First Day spring training games – 2/26
• Opening Day – 3/31
As we work through each step of the calendar, we will also pause to assess the financial situation of the league and the Astros and their payroll.
Read it all here (https://www.larrythegm.com/post/astros-2021-2022-offseason-guide-reloading)