MLB calendar

Feb. 28: Spring training games begin

March 1: Mandatory reporting date

●  Reporting dates for all 30 teams

March 16: Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days

March 30: Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2016 salary

April 3: Opening Day Sunday tripleheader (All times ET)

●  Cardinals at Pirates, 1:05 p.m.

●  Blue Jays at Rays, 4:05 p.m.

●  Mets at Royals, 8:35 p.m.

April 4: Opening Day — 24 teams in action

April 5: Ten games, including final teams to open season — Tigers at Marlins

●  Note: Teams must reduce rosters to 25 players day of their respective opener

April 15: Jackie Robinson Day

May 31: Roberto Clemente Day

June 9-11: MLB Draft

July 10: Futures Game, San Diego

July 10: Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, San Diego (following Futures Game)

July 11: Home Run Derby, San Diego

July 12: 87th All-Star Game (on FOX), San Diego

July 15: Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign

July 24: Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, NY

July 31: Last day to trade a player without securing waivers

Sept. 1: Active rosters expand to 40 players

Oct. 2: Regular season ends (All games begin at 3 p.m. ET)

Five days after World Series: Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents

12 days after World Series: Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers

Dec. 2: Last day for teams to offer 2017 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters

Dec. 5-8: Winter Meetings, Washington, D.C.

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