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Important Major League Baseball Off-Season Dates: MVP, Cy Young, Free Agency

In our efforts to help, here's the rundown of the baseball off-season and the key dates you need to know:

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19:  A 2011 World Series logo is seen prior to Game One of the MLB World Series between the Texas Rangers and St Louis Cardinals on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: A 2011 World Series logo is seen prior to Game One of the MLB World Series between the Texas Rangers and St Louis Cardinals on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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For the baseball fan, the action doesn't just happen through the dog days of summer and into the Fall Clasic, but instead the attention span is required year-round as teams restock in the winter, awards are announced and strategy begins to be shaped and reshaped in the hopes of becoming next year's winners. Oftentimes, however, we're left wondering when exactly everything is going to go down. In our efforts to help, here's the rundown of the baseball off-season and the key dates you need to know:

November 14 (Monday) - AL/NL Rookie of the Year Award announced
November 15 (Tuesday) - AL Cy Young Award announced
November 16 (Wednesday) - AL/NL Manager of the Year Award announced
November 17 (Thursday) - NL Cy Young Award announced
November 21 (Monday) - AL MVP announced
November 22 (Tuesday) - NL MVP announced
November 23 (Wednesday) - Last day to offer salary arbitration to A- or B-level free agents (for draft pick compensation eligibility)
December 1 (Thursday) - Last day to request outright waivers to assign player prior to Rule 5 Draft
December 5 (Monday) - Last day to outright a player prior to the Rule 5 Draft (5pm deadline)
December 5-8 (Mon - Thurs) - Winter Meetings
December 7 (Wednesday) - Last date for player who declared free agency to accept an arbitration offer from former club
December 8 (Thursday) - Rule V Draft
December 12 (Monday) - Last day to tender contracts