Upcoming dates, notable announcements
The end of the World Series has ushered in the start of the Hot Stove season. The Cardinals’ activity began on Monday, with the decision to exercise Jaime Garcia’s option, decline Johnathan Broxton’s option and remove three from the 40-man roster (full story). The Cardinals have some narrowly defined wants/needs this offseason, and you can review those here.
Over the next few weeks, the free-agent and trade markets will begin to take shape, and all sorts of end-of-season awards will be handed out. To help you keep it all straight, here is a list of important upcoming dates to keep as a reference:
Friday, Nov. 6: Teams must submit qualifying offers ($15.8 million) by 4 pm CT
A qualifying offer is a one-year deal that is binding if a free agent accepts. If the offer is declined, the team is assured a compensation draft pick if that player signs elsewhere. The Cardinals are expected to make a qualifying offer to outfielder Jason Heyward. John Lackey is also a candidate to receive a qualifying offer.
Saturday, Nov. 7: Free agency opens
Monday, Nov. 9: Players Choice Awards (7 pm CT on MLB Network)
The Cardinals do not have any finalists for these awards.
Tuesday, Nov. 10: BBWAA Awards finalists announced (5 pm CT on MLB Network); Rawlings Gold Glove Awards (7 pm CT)
The Cardinals are unlikely to have any top three finalists in voting for the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young or MVP awards. Mike Matheny is a strong candidate to be a top-three finisher for NL Manager of the Year. Heyward and Yadier Molina have already been announced as finalists for Gold Glove awards at their respective positions.
Wednesday, Nov. 11: Wilson Defensive Player of the Year awards (5 pm CT on MLB Network)
These defensive awards differ from the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards in that they go to the best defender at each position (not league specific). The top overall defensive player and defensive team is also recognized. Heyward represents the Cardinals’ best chance to be recognized.
Thursday, Nov. 12: Silver Slugger awards (5 pm CT on MLB Network)
These are presented to the best offensive performer at each position in each league. The Cardinals may get shut out of these awards, though Jhonny Peralta should garner some consideration for NL shortstop honors.
Friday, Nov. 13: Deadline for players to accept or decline qualifying offers (4 pm CT)
Monday, Nov. 16: BBWAA Rookie of the Year awards (5 pm CT on MLB Network)
Tuesday, Nov. 17: BBWAA Manager of the Year awards (5 pm CT on MLB Network)
Wednesday, Nov. 18: BBWAA Cy Young Awards (5 pm CT on MLB Network)
Thursday, Nov. 19: BBWAA MVP Awards (5 pm CT on MLB Network)
Friday, Nov. 20: 2015 Esurance MLB Awards (7 pm CT on MLB Network)
Fan voting for these awards is ongoing at MLB.com (click here to load the ballot). This expanded awards programs recognizes Major League players, baseball fans and memorable moments in unique categories and not limited by league affiliation. The Cardinals have nominees in seven different categories.
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