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Important dates you need to know

Here's a calendar of dates you need to be aware of.

Jason Miller

Some important dates on the off season calendar:

Nov. 1: Clubs must decide whether to exercise club options on players for 2013 season.

Update: The Tigers have exercised the $ 6 million option on shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the $ 3.5 million option on right-handed relief pitcher Octavio Dotel.

Nov. 2: Clubs must decide whether to make a "qualifying offer" (about $ 13.5 million) to their free agent players in order to be eligible to receive draft pick compensation should the players sign with another team.

Status: The Tigers have announced that they will not immediately pursue free agents Delmon Young, Jose Valverde, or Gerald Laird. Anibal Sanchez is not eligible for a qualifying offer as a mid season acquisition.

Update: The Tigers, as expected, did not make any qualifying offers, and announced that they're only interested in bringing back Sanchez. Gerald Laird has since signed a two year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Nov. 4: Free agent players may sign contracts with other teams.

Update: Gerald Laird has signed a two year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Nov. 9: Players who have received a "qualifying offer" must decide whether to accept the one year offer or become free agents. (As indicated above, the Tigers have no such players)

Nov. 7- 9: General Managers meeting in Palm Springs, California.

Nov. 20: Teams must set their 40 man rosters in advance of the Rule 5 draft.

Update: The Tigers added relief pitchers Bruce Rondon and Melvin Mercedes, as well as shortstop Dixon Machado to the roster. Ryan Raburn was released, and reliever Tyler Stohr was outrighted to Toledo, leaving the roster with 39 players.

Nov. 30: Clubs must tender contracts to arbitration eligible players, or allow them to leave as free agents.

Status: Tigers eligible for arbitration include:

Third time eligible: Ryan Raburn Released.

Second time eligible: Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Phil Coke

First time eligible: Austin Jackson, Doug Fister, Brennan Boesch, Alex Avila

Don Kelly would have been second time eligible but has been removed from the roster and is a free agent. Raburn is a candidate to be non tendered or released.

Dec. 3-6: Winter meetings in Nashville, TN.

Dec. 6: Rule 5 draft in Nashville, TN.


January 15: Arbitration filing deadline.

January 18: Teams and players exchange salary arbitration figures.

February 1- 21: Arbitration hearings for unsettled arbitration cases.

Feb. 15- 20 (estimate): Pitchers and catchers report to spring training

March 2: World Baseball Classic begins in locations around the world

April 1: Tigers open the season at Minnesota

April 5: Tigers’ home opener vs New York Yankees at ComericaPark