The Dugout Congrats to HAL9100 and the Philadelphia Phillies on their first World Series win in the Dugout (2nd in a row for the NL ). With that being said, its time for everyones favorite part of the Dugout, the offseason! DO NOT MAKE FREE AGENT OFFERS UNTIL AFTER SIM #1 You are responsible for making sure Rule 5 eligible players are protected. We're no longer fixing mistakes if a player gets drafted "on accident". #1: 08/28/14 - Sim to 12/1 - Arbitration / awards processed during sim. Once file is up you may protect players from the Rule 5 draft / create in game draft lists. Also, FA opens up after this sim. #2: 08/29/14 - Sim to 1/1 - Rule 5 draft processed - First sim of FA signings. #3: 08/30/14 - Sim to 2/1 - Second sim of FA signings. #4: 08/31/14 - Sim to 2/25 - Last sim of offseason FA signings. Start of Spring Training. #5: 09/01/14 - Sim to 4/1 - Disable suspensions for Spring Training and sim ST. Re-enable suspensions and lower DFA to 22 days and waivers to 12 days at the end of the sim. #6: 09/02/14 - Opening Day! Reminders Teams receiving a financial strike: ty5oke - Houston Astros HarkTheSound - Texas Rangers Teams with current financial strikes: Ryty - St. Louis Cardinals (falls off after the 2034 season). The draft lottery will be up some time Thursday. 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!!