Hot stove baseball calendar for 2012-13

With the 2012 MLB season in the books, it’s Hot Stove time in baseball and rebuilding time for the Red Sox.

We take a quick look ahead at some dates of note remaining on the Red Sox and MLB calendar this offseason and into the 2013 season.

December 2012

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• Dec. 1— Christmas at Fenway ticket event; select tickets and packages on sale for pre-registered attendees

• Dec. 2 — Tender deadline: Last day for teams to offer 2013 contracts to unsigned players; last day for free agents to accept an arbitration offer from former team

• Dec. 3-6 — Baseball winter meetings, Nashville, Tenn.

• Dec. 3 — Hall of Fame pre-integration era (before 1946) committee vote announced, Nashville, Tenn.

• Dec. 6 — Major League Rule 5 Draft—Winter Meetings, Nashville

• Dec. 7 — Hall of Fame Veterans Committee voting announced, Nashville:

• Dec. 8 — Tickets for Red Sox spring training games at JetBlue Park go on sale at 10 a.m.

January 2013

• Jan. 9 — Hall of Fame BBWAA voting announced

• Jan 15 — Salary arbitration filing period

• Jan. TBA — Hot Stove Cool Music roundtable

• Jan. TBA — Hot Stove Cool Music concert

• Jan. 24 — Boston Baseball Writers’ 74th Awards Dinner at the Westin Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston

• Jan. 18 — Exchange of salary arbitration figures between teams, players

• Jan. TBA — Tickets for the bulk of 2013 Red Sox home games go on sale

February 2013

• Feb. 1-21 — Salary arbitration hearings period, Phoenix, Ariz.

• Feb. 5 — Truck Day: Red Sox equipment truck will leave Fenway Park for Fort Myers, Fla.

• Feb. 10 — Spring training: Reporting day for Red Sox pitchers and catchers

• Feb. 12 — Spring training: First workout for Red Sox pitchers and catchers

• Feb. 13 — Spring training: Reporting day for Red Sox positional players

• Feb. 14 —MLB voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players

• Feb. 15 — Spring training: First Red Sox full-squad workout

• Feb. 19 — Spring training: MLB voluntary reporting date for other players

• Feb. 21 — Spring training: College doubleheader at JetBlue Park — Red Sox vs. Northeastern, 1:35; Red Sox vs. Boston College, TBA

• Feb. 23 — Grapefruit League opener: Red Sox vs. Rays, 1:23 p.m. at JetBlue Park

• Feb. 26 — Spring training: MLB mandatory reporting date for other players

March 2013

• March 2-11 — Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players

• March 2-6 — World Baseball Classic, first round Pool A—Fukuoka, Japan (Fukuoka Dome): Japan, Cuba, China, Qualifier TBD

• March 2-5 — World Baseball Classic, first round Pool B—Taichung, Taiwan (Intercontinental Stadium): Korea, Netherlands, Australia, Qualifier TBD

• March 7-10 — World Baseball Classic, first round

Pool C—San Juan, Puerto Rico (Hiram Bithorn Stadium): Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, qualifier TBD

• March 7-10 — World Baseball Classic, first round Pool D—Phoenix, Ariz. (Chase Field & Salt River Fields at Talking Stick): United States, Mexico, Italy, Qualifier TBD

• March 8-10 —World Baseball Classic, second round Pool 1—Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Dome)

• March 12-16 — World Baseball Classic, second round Pool 2—Miami, Fla. (Marlins Park)

• March 17-19 — World Baseball Classic, Championship round finals—San Francisco, Calif. (AT&T Park)

• March TBA — Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days

• March 27 — Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2013 salary

• March TBA — Last Red Sox spring training game vs. TBA

• March 31 — The ESPN ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ opening game; active rosters reduced to 25 players

April 2013

• April 1 — Opening Day: Red Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium

• April 8 — Red Sox home opener vs. Orioles

May 2013

• May 27 — Jonathan Papelbon returns to Boston when interleague play begins: Red Sox vs. Phillies

June 2013

• June 6 — First-Year Player draft

• June 12 — Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign

July 2013

• July 16 — The 84th MLB All-Star game, Citi Field, N.Y.

• July 28 — Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y.

• July 31 — Trade deadline: Last day to trade a player without securing waivers

August 2013

• Aug. TBA — Last day to sign selections from 2013 amateur draft who have not exhausted college eligibility

• Aug. 23 — Red Sox face Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and the Dodgers in Los Angeles

• Aug. 31 — Trade deadline: Last day to trade a player who clears waivers

September 2013

• Sept. 1 — Active rosters expand to 40 players

• Sept. 29 — Last game of regular season: Red Sox at Orioles

October 2013

• Oct. 23 — World Series begins

November 2013

• Nov. TBA — Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible players who became free agents, fifth day after World Series ends

• Nov. TBA — Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers, 12th day after World Series ends

December 2013

• Dec. 2 — Last day for teams to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players

• Dec. 9-12 — Baseball winter meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.