Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Offseason Days To Remember Next Weeks

Now is a better time than any to remind you guys some of the key days and weeks coming up for this offseason now that the World Series is over. The Red Sox won, good for them, now it's time for us to get to work and get down t business.

Today, as my colleague and friend Bryan Van Dusen has already pointed out, is the day that players have to elect free agency. 147 players elected for free agency today including Yankees players Travis Hafner, Hiroki Kuroda, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes, Robinson Cano, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Lyle Overbay, Mark Reynolds, Kevin Youkilis, Curtis Granderson, and Brendan Ryan.

On Monday the 4th of November we will get all the decisions on qualifying offers and option years. Derek Jeter will have to decide where he will accept or decline his $9,500,000 players option for the 2014 season. Also the Yankees will have until Monday to offer qualifying offers to their free agents that are listed above. I am pretty sure that Hiroki Kuroda and Robinson Cano are no brainers but everyone else I think will head into free agency without draft pick compensation linked to them.

Tuesday the 5th of November the free agency frenzy officially begins where any player can sign with any team for the 2014 season. The exclusive negotiating period only lasts six days so the Yankees will have to lock up Cano quickly or he will be able to test the free agent market. I am sure the Yankees will make their offer to Kuroda by the time this day comes as well but seem willing to be patient on his decision. Everyone else seems to be on the back burner for the Yankees.

November, 11th is the last day that free agents can accept or decline qualifying offers meaning in less then two weeks we will have a much clearer picture heading into this offseason. An offseason that seems like it is going to be a fun an entertaining one.. so let's get on with it.

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