Nov. 7: Last day for teams to extend one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offers to free agents. According to multiple reports, the Mets will certainly make a qualifying offer to Yoenis Cespedes, and are very likely to do the same for Neil Walker.
Nov. 8: First day free agents can sign with any team.
Nov. 8: Minor league players eligible can file free agency. The Mets have 27 players eligible, including Duane Below, Darin Gorski, Chase Huchingson, Zack Thornton and Jeff Walters.
Nov. 8-10: GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Nov. 14: Last day players can accept a qualifying offer.
Nov. 20: Deadline for teams to file their list of minor-league players that will be protected during the Rule 5 draft, which is held the last day of the Winter Meetings.
Dec. 1: Current collective bargaining agreement expires.
Dec. 2: Last day for teams to tender deals and offer salary arbitration to players that are eligible. The big question mark for the Mets is Lucas Duda, who is expected to earn around $7 million next season. There had been reports early in the off-season suggesting he could be released, while others say he'll certainly be tendered a contract.
Dec. 4-8: Baseball Winter Meetings, National Harbor, Maryland, when league executives, agents, scouts, fans and media collect at one hotel to find jobs, make deals and spread rumors.
Dec. 8: The Rule 5 Draft is held on last day of winter meetings. To learn more