Reds offseason key dates 2023-24: Free agency, Winter Meetings, spring training, and more

What are some of the key dates for the Cincinnati Reds upcoming offseason?

Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell
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The Cincinnati Reds' offseason began the moment the final out was recorded on October 1st. However, MLB's offseason doesn't officially begin until after the World Series.

The Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks wrapped up Game 2 of the NLCS last night and the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers will play Game 3 of the ALCS tonight in Arlington.

With the MLB offseason nearly upon us, what are some key dates that every Reds fan should have marked their calendar?

When do Reds players become free agents?

The Cincinnati Reds don't have a long list of free agents. But players like Harrison Bader and Luke Maile will officially be free agents the day after the World Series. However, players cannot sign new deals until five days later.

When must the Reds exercise any club-options?

Within five days of the World Series coming to an end, the Reds will have to decide whether or not to exercise the club-option for frachise icon Joey Votto and the mutual-option for catcher Curt Casali.

When is the non-tender deadline?

Teams have until November 17, 2023 to decide whether or not non-tender players. Some non-tender candidates for the Reds include Nick Senzel, TJ Hopkins, Stuart Fairchild, and Jose Barrero.

When are the Winter Meetings?

Everbody who's anybody in Major League Baseball cirlces will be present in Nashville, Tennessee for the Winter Meetings. Agents and front office executives will descend on Music City from December 4-7, 2023.

When is the Rule 5 Draft?

The Rule 5 Draft will take place on December 6, 2023. The Cincinanti Reds have a number of players who'll need to be added to the 40-man roster in oder to protect them. That includes Christian Roa, Rece Hinds, and others.

When is Reds spring training?

Pitchers and catcher will report to Goodyear, Arizona in mid-February and the Cincinnati Reds firs Cactus League game of the 2024 season will be held on February 24th.

After winning 20 more games in 2023 than they did in 2022, all eyes will be on the Cincinnati Reds during the offseason and heading into spring training. The Reds have a real chance to be one of the best teams in the National League in 2024.