The Red Sox are most certainly not in the playoffs, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to look forward to this fall and winter: GM meetings are only five weeks away!
Here's a quick look at the key dates during the MLB offseason (via the Boston Globe):
Nov. TBA: Team and player options must be decided three days after the end of the World Series.
Nov TBA: Free agency starts five days after end of World Series
Nov. 16-17: GM meetings in Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 23: Final day to offer arbitration to former players who became free agents
Nov. 30: Final day for free agents to accept arbitration
Dec. 1: Last day to offer contracts to unsigned players (non-tender deadline)
Dec. 6-9: Winter meetings in Orlando, Fla.
Jan. 5-15: Salary arbitration filing
Jan. 18: Salary arbitration figures exchanged
Feb. 1: Start of arbitration hearings