Now that the season is over, Rangers fans have the most important, and certainly most interesting, offseason to look forward to.
Gone is Jon Daniels and his inability to build a competitive roster. Rangers management surveyed their situation and came to the conclusion that he was not the person to lead them forward. The past six years of his resumé led them to that conclusion.
So, with that in mind, here are the key dates in the offseason.
Yesterday (November 6): All eligible free agents are officially free agents. They cannot, however, sign with new teams as of yet. They have to wait five days. That gives their current team a head start in negotiating with them. As if the previous season wasn’t enough.
Today (November 7): All finalists for the major awards will be announced on MLB Network TV at 5:00.
November 8 to 10: GM Meetings in Las Vegas.
November 10: Contract option decisions are due. Also, this is the deadline for teams to tender their current players a qualifying offer of $19.65 million. Free agency season begins. Silver Slugger awards announced.
November 14: Rookie of the Years announced.
November 15: Manager of the Years announced. Deadline for teams to add to their 40-man rosters in order to protect playes from the Rule 5 Draft.
November 16: Cy Young Award winners announced.
November 17: Most Valuable Player Awards announced.
November 18: Non-tender deadline. A lot more players become free agents this day. This is historically where Jon Daniels went shopping for broken down, sore arm, bargain barrel pitching.
November 20: Deadline for players to accept or reject their qualifying offer.
November 21: Hall of Fame ballots announced.
December 5 to 8: Winter Meetings in San Diego. This is where things typically get busy. Trades are made, or started. Free agent signings are announced.
December 7: Rule 5 Draft.
January 13: Deadline for arbitration-eligible players and their teams to submit their final arbitration numbers.
January 15: The international signing period begins.
January 24: The Hall of Fame class of 2023 is announced.
Mid-February: Spring training begins.
March 8 to 21: The World Baseball Classic returns.
March 30: Opening day. For the first time in a long time, the joke about the Rangers being mathematically eliminated on this day might not apply.
Here’s hoping this offseason is a fruitful one for the Rangers.