With the World Series coming to an end last night, the 2013/2014 off-season officially begins today. Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics.
Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no later than five days after the end of the World Series, getting their rosters down to 40-men. The deadline this year is on Monday. The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have five players on the 60-day disabled list: Wandy Rodriguez, Jeff Karstens, Michael McKenry, Phil Irwin, and Kyle McPherson. Karstens will be a free agent, so they don't need to clear a spot for him. As for the others, they will need to clear roster spots for any of those players they wish to retain.
Teams must also make decisions on option years no later than 11:59 PM EST on Saturday night. There's a possibility that this deadline could be moved to a weekday, as normally it just falls three days after the World Series ends. The Pirates don't have any decisions to make with optio...
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