Fans watch as the Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves meet in a spring training baseball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in North Port, Fla. The game was the first played in the Braves' new spring stadium, CoolToday Park.
Photo: John Bazemore/Associated Press
Photo: John Bazemore/Associated Press

Key dates for Braves in 2019-20 

The Braves have turned over the Major League calendar by already making moves, including the signing of reliever Will Smith. Here are other dates to follow from the offseason to the World Series:

Nov. 19-21 

Owners meetings in Arlington, Texas. 

Dec. 2 

Last day for teams to offer 2020 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters. 

Dec. 8 

Hall of Fame Modern Baseball committee vote announced in San Diego. Former Braves great Dale Murphy is one of 10 players on the Modern Baseball Era ballot. Any candidate who receives votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member committee will earn election to the Hall of Fame. 

Dec. 9-12 

Winter meetings in San Diego. Deals are made here. General managers can talk face-to-face with agents. The Rule 5 Draft is on the final day of the meetings. 

Braves have until Dec. 2 to tender contract to these arbitration-eligible players

Jan. 10, 2020

Salary arbitration figures exchanged. A handful of Braves — including shortstop Dansby Swanson and pitcher Mike Foltynewicz — are eligible for pay raises.

Jan. 21 

Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame voting results announced. On the ballot for the first time is former Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal, he is joined by Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu and Cliff Lee among others.

Feb. 3-21 

Salary arbitration hearings, Phoenix. 

Feb. 12 

Braves pitchers and catchers report to team’s new spring training facility in North Port, Fla. 

Feb. 16 

Voluntary reporting date for other players. 

Feb. 21 

Mandatory reporting date. 

Feb. 22

Braves open their spring schedule at CoolToday Park against the Baltimore Orioles.

March 26

Braves open the season at Arizona, before traveling to San Diego. Active rosters must be reduced to 26 players. 

April 3

Braves’ home opener will be against the Marlins, which begins the Braves’ fourth season at SunTrust Park.


Amateur draft. 

June 15 

International amateur signing period closes. Braves were prohibited from signing any international player for more than $10,000 as part of the punishment for infractions committed by former general manager John Coppolella.

The probe found that the team did not accurately account for its 2015-16 international signings. As a result, nine players Atlanta signed in 2016-17 should not have been available. Baseball declared 13 minor leaguers, including star prospect Kevin Maitan, as free agents. The team faces significant restrictions through the 2021 international classes. Atlanta will lose a third-round draft pick in 2018. Former Braves GM John Coppolella is largely implicated in the illegal moves. He is banned from working in

July 2

International amateur signing period opens. Braves are restricted from signing players for contracts with bonuses greater than $300,000 as part of the Coppolella sanctions.

July 10 

Deadline for drafted players to sign, except for players who have exhausted college eligibility. 

July 14 

All-Star Game at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. 

July 26 

Hall of Fame induction, Cooperstown, N.Y. 

July 31 

Last day during the season to trade a player. 

Aug. 31 

Last day to be contracted to an organization and be eligible for postseason roster. 

Sept. 1 

Active rosters expand to 28 players. 

Sept. 29-30 

Wild-card games. 

Oct. 20 

World Series starts. 

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