A quick look at the Off-Season calendar gives us some important dates for the upcoming week:
Tuesday, November 30th - Last date (midnight deadline) for ranking free agents to accept arbitration offers. 35 players were tendered arbitration offers this past week, including Pirates' top target Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa is unlikely to accept arbitration, although some players will certainly accept their arbitration offers. Currently the latest the Pirates will pick in the 2011 2nd round is 69th, although they move up a spot with each player that accepts arbitration (or with each player that re-signs with his former team). The Pirates would lose that second round pick if they were to sign De La Rosa, although that's far from a guarantee.
Thursday, December 2nd - Last date for teams...
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