Nov. 7-11 - General managers meeting, Indian Wells, Calif.
Nov. 16-17 - Owners meetings, Milwaukee.
Dec. 5-8 - Winter meetings, Dallas.
Dec. 5-9 - Major League Baseball Players Association executive board meeting, Henderson, Nev.
Dec. 7 - Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became free agents.
Dec. 19 - Last day for free agents offered salary arbitration to accept or reject the offers.
Dec. 20 - Last day for teams to offer 2006 contracts to unsigned players.
Jan 5-15 - Salary arbitration filing.
Jan. 18-19 - Owners meetings, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Jan. 8 - Last day until May 1 for free agents who rejected arbitration offers to re-sign with their former teams.
Jan. 18 - Exchange of salary arbitration figures.
Feb. 1-21 - Salary arbitration hearings.
Feb. 16 - Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players.
Feb. 21 - Voluntary reporting date for other players.
Feb. 28 - Mandatory reporting date.
March 2-11 - Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players.
March 3-20 - World Baseball Classic.
March 15 - Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days.
March 29 - Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2005 salary.
April 2 - Opening day. Active rosters reduced to 25 players.
July 11 - All-Star game, Pittsburgh.
July 31 - Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.
Sept. 1 - Active rosters expand to 40 players.
Oct. 3 - Playoffs begin.
Oct. 10 - League championship series begin.
Oct. 21 - World Series begins
You're missing key information here. There is nowhere on this schedule where the Cubs officially start saying, "at least there is next year." Of all things baseball, that is the most consistent. Get that on the schedule if you want it to be credible. Usually happens around June if that helps.
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