Taking a quick look at some dates of note on the Red Sox and MLB calendar this offseason.
Oct. 26 — Hank Aaron Award winners announced: Kevin Youkilis, AL; Aramis Ramirez, NL
Free agent filing period: first 15 days after World Series ends
Nov. 3-6 — General managers meetings, Dana Point, Calif.
Nov. 5 — Rawlings 2008 NL Gold Glove Award winners announced: P Greg Maddux (SD-LAD), C Yadier Molina (STL), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (SD), 2B Brandon Phillips (CIN), 3B David Wright (NYM), SS Jimmy Rollins (PHI), OF Nate McLouth (PIT), Carlos Beltran (NYM) and Shane Victorino (PHI)
Nov. 6 — Rawlings 2008 AL Gold Glove Award winners announced: P Mike Mussina (NYY), C Joe Mauer (MIN), 1B Carlos Pena (TB), 2B Dustin Pedroia (BOS), 3B Adrian Beltre (SEA), SS Michael Young (TEX), OF Torii Hunter (LAA), OF Ichiro Suzuki (SEA), OF Grady Sizemore (CLE)
Nov. 7 — 2008 Red Sox Hall of Fame Induction Gala; Inductees: Mo Vaughn, Bill Lee, Frank Sullivan, Mike Greenwell, Wes Ferrell, Everett Scott, George Digby, and the late Edward Kenney, Sr.
Nov. 10 — AL and NL Rookie of the Year award winners announced: 1B Evan Longoria (TAM-AL); Geovany Soto (CHC-NL)
Nov. 11 — NL Cy Young award winner announced: SP – Tim Lincecum (SFG)
Nov. 12 — AL and NL Manager of the Year award winners announced: Joe Maddon (TAM-AL); Lou Piniella (NL-CHC)
Nov. 13 — 2008 Louisville Slugger “Silver Slugger” award winners announced: American League: 1B – Justin Morneau (MIN); 2B – Dustin Pedroia, (BOS); 3B – Alex Rodriguez, (NYY); SS – Derek Jeter, (NYY); OF – Josh Hamilton, (TEX); OF – Carlos Quentin, (CHW); OF – Grady Sizemore (CLE); C – Joe Mauer, (MIN); DH – Aubrey Huff, (BAL). National League: 1B – Albert Pujols, (STL); 2B – Chase Utley, (PHI); 3B – David Wright, (NYM); SS – Hanley Ramirez, (FLA); OF – Matt Holliday, (COL); OF – Ryan Ludwick, (STL); OF – Ryan Braun, (MIL); C – Brian McCann, (ATL); DH – Carlos Zambrano, (CHC)
Nov. 13 — AL Cy Young award winner announced: SP – Cliff Lee (CLE)
Nov. 14 — The first day teams can sign any free agent
Nov. 17 — NL Most Valuable Player award winner announced: 1B – Albert Pujols (STL)
Nov. 18 — AL Most Valuable Player award winner announced: 2B – Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
Nov. 20 — Day to file reserve lists for all minor league levels and major leagues
Dec. TBD: Tickets for early-season Red Sox games go on sale
Dec. 1 — Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became ranked free agents in order to be eligible for compensation
Dec. 1 — Hall of Fame candidates announced
Dec. 6 — Red Sox spring training games at City of Palms Park go on sale
Dec. 7 — Last day for free agents to accept an arbitration offer from former team
Dec. 8 — Hall of Fame Veterans Committee voting announced
Dec. 8-11 — Winter meetings, Las Vegas
Dec. 11 — Rule 5 Draft
Dec. 12 — Last day for teams to offer 2009 contracts to unsigned players
Dec. 13 — Christmas at Fenway; select tickets on sale: First opportunity to purchase Red Sox tickets for the 2009 season. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. ET at www.redsox.com.
Dec. 14 — Fenway Park yard sale (pre-registration at www.redsox.com required)
Jan 5-15 — Salary arbitration filing period
Jan. 8 — Boston Baseball Writers’ 70th Awards Dinner at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston. Fireman of the Year: Jonathan Papelbon; Executive of the Year: Andrew Friedman of the Rays; Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon of the Rays
Jan. 10 — The fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Roundtable will be held from 1–3 p.m. on Saturday, January 10 at Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion. Participating: Theo Epstein, Peter Gammons, Dustin Pedroia, CC Sabathia, Torii Hunter, Terry Francona, Harold Reynolds, and more
Jan. 10 — Hot Stove Cool Music concert at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. Performing: Theo Epstein, Peter Gammons with the Hot Stove All-Stars, alternative rockers Letters To Cleo, American Hi-Fi, The Figgs, and Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom. Tickets for all Hot Stove Cool Music events are available now and can be purchased by logging onto HotStoveCoolMusic.org.
Jan. 12 — Hall of Fame BBWAA voting announced
Jan. 13-15 — Owners meeting, Phoenix, Ariz.
Jan. 20 — Exchange of salary arbitration figures
Jan. 24 — Tickets for the bulk of 2009 Red Sox home games go on sale
Feb. 6 — Truck Day: Red Sox equipment truck will leave Fenway Park for arrival in Fort Myers, Fla. on Feb. 9
Feb. 1-21 — Salary arbitration hearings period, Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb. 12 — Spring training: Reporting day for Red Sox pitchers and catchers
Feb. 14 — Spring training: First workout for Red Sox pitchers and catchers
Feb. 14 — Mandatory reporting date for players on World Baseball Classic rosters of China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan unless they have reported directly to their national teams; mandatory reporting date for pitchers and catchers on provisional rosters of other WBC teams; voluntary reporting date for non-WBC pitchers, catchers and injured players.
Feb. 16 — Spring training: Reporting day for Red Sox positional players
Feb. 17 — Mandatory reporting date for remaining position players on WBC rosters
Feb. 18 — Spring training: First Red Sox full-squad workout
Feb. 22 — Mandatory reporting date for non-WBC players.
Feb. 25 — Red Sox spring training games begin
March 2-11 — Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players
March 5 — Second World Baseball Classic begins (Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan)
March 18 — Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days
March 23 — Second World Baseball Classic championship game (Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles)
April 1 — Last Red Sox spring training game
April 1 — Last day to request unconditional release waivers without having to pay players’ full 2009 salary
April 5 — MLB Opening Day: Phillies vs. Braves; active rosters reduced to 25 players
April 6 — Opening Day at Fenway Park vs. the Tampa Bay Rays
June 9-10 — Amateur draft
July 14 — All-Star game, St. Louis, Mo.
July 26 — Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y.
July 31 — Last day to trade a player without securing waivers
Aug. 15 — Last day to sign selections from 2009 amateur draft who have not exhausted college eligibility.
Sept. 1 — Active rosters expand to 40 players.
Dec. 7-10 — Winter meetings, Indianapolis.