The Dugout Congrats to the Tampa Bay Rays on extending the AL dominance with the franchises first World Series victory. That being said, the offseason is now upon us. Exports are excused during the offseason. This will be the only tag you will get for the remainder of the offseason, so it is your responsibility to follow along with what is happening. Please feel free to ask questions if you're unsure about anything. When in doubt check 1) Your manager's home page 2) In game email. 2027/2028 Offseason Schedule DO NOT MAKE FREE AGENT OFFERS UNTIL AFTER SIM #1 You are responsible for your roster and DFA. If you sign a guy and he times out, he gets dropped. OOTP now allows us to set the DFA time to 50 days so no excuses. You are responsible for making sure Rule 5 eligible players are protected. If somebody gets drafted "on accident" because he wasn't on the 40 man roster, too damn bad. #1: Presim- import and Input award winners, sim to Rule 5 draft 12/1 Arby hearings complete. Options processed and Awards announced. Free agents also file. When the file is up, you may protect your Rule 5 players. Free Agency opens. #2: Import and DO NOTHING. Rule 5 availables ABSOLUTELY FINALIZED - NO EXCEPTIONS. Create Rule 5 draft list in game. You MUST have room on your 40 man roster to draft anyone and cash on hand ($50K) for each player. #3: Import. Complete Rule 5 draft in game. Sim to 12/16. #4 Sim to 1/1. #5: Sim to 1/16. History updates. #6: Sim until Pre-Season begins (early Feb). Edit Schedule. #7: End of Free Agency - sim until start of Spring Training. WATCH YOUR DFA!!!- PRESIM Make sure schedule starts on 4/1 . Make any changes to the settings!- CONFIRM ALL STAR GAME!!! REGNERATE SCHEDULE. #8: Turn off suspensions and sim entire Spring Training. Lower DFA to 22 days and waivers to 12 days at the end of the sim Then upload file. #9: Opening Day Sim. Reminders Teams that lost money last season: Chicago White Sox - soxandgators Detroit Tigers - Fmode11 Kansas City Royals - Bondzai Oakland Athletics - Confucius Rex Miami Marlins - Blaza Milwaukee Brewers - BigSmooth33 St. Louis Cardinals - Ryty Cincinnati Reds - Hova San Diego Padres - NeuroticTruth Colorado Rockies - HAL9100 Teams in danger of the 5 year rule: Boston Red Sox - kdpnutter - Needs a 81-81, or better, record in 2028. Detroit Tigers - Fmode11 - Needs a 77-87, or better, record in 2028. Philadelphia Phillies - Masler - Needs a 81-81, or better, record in 2028. Colorado Rockies - HAL9100 - Needs a 81-81, or better, record in 2028. Don't forget development budgets may now be updated at any time during the offseason. Do Not forget about contract rules in the league description. Team, Player and Vesting options are BANNED!!