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Transaction Deadlines - 2021

And Weekly BWB Schedule

Dates are for roster changes and lineup changes.

Players signed in one week are not available for lineups until the following week.

Players cut in one week may still be used in that week's lineups.

Traded players change teams the following week - just like with signings and cuts.

All transactions in the off season are due by Midnight Eastern Time on listed dates, unless otherwise specified/changed.

 

During the regular season, transactions are due roughly at the start time of the first MLB game of the day.  There are exceptions to that - see the note below on consistent deadline times.

 

Current deadline, reflecting any changes, will be posted on the home page, your team's roster page, and on the transaction index as well as other pages throughout the site.

 

New leagues will fit into this schedule after all phases of their drafts are complete.

 

Major League Games: These are the MLB games used for collecting batters' stats for the fantasy games that week.

Signing Pct: The amount of the player's salary you need to pay to sign him.

Cut Pct: The amount of salary rebate you receive for cutting players (no rebates to players under contract or with salaries 200 or lower).

Trade Pct: The signing/cut percentages for players in trades (continues to pro-rate all season).

 

Dates to keep in mind:

Week Zero Transactions - Thursday, April 1 11:59 PM EDT - This is likely to be extended

  • All returning leagues - Teams cash balances over 5 million will be cut down to that 5 million bucks value after this week. (Exceptions: New leagues for 2021, brand new owners for 2021 with orphan teams, or orphans assigned after Week -2 are not subject to this).
  • All leagues get an extra 2 million in cash after this week. (Teams over 5 million will be cut down to 5, then get the additional cash).  In a bit of a loophole, if you're on the other end of the cash spectrum and running out of money, BWB actually counts that extra 2 million toward your Week Zero signings.
  • This is the deadline to have a complete roster - you must be able to fill all 26 required roster slots and all field positions by this date.  (What happens if you don't?)

Week 1 Lineups - BWB Opening Day - Due Wed 4/7 (What happens if you don't set it?)

Deadline to receive a rebate for a cut player - Week 15: 7/12/21

Cash Distribution (1000) before contract deadline - Week 16: 7/18/21

Deadline for Contract Extensions - Week 17: 7/25/21

Trading Deadline - Week 20: 8/15/21

Final Free Agent Signings - Week 24: 9/11/21  (Only cuts and IR moves allowed in Week 25)

Playoff Lineups - 10/9/21 (estimated)

 

Thinking ahead to 2022 (subject to change):

Winter Trading Periods - Deadlines 11/28/21 and 12/19/21

Carryover Decisions: due Sunday, 1/9/22

Redistribution Draft Choices: due Sunday, 1/30/22

 

Deadline times listed as Eastern time

Deadline times for Weeks 1-25 are set generally to the start time of the first MLB game of the day, but beginning in 2016, we opted for a little more consistency in deadlines:

  • Deadlines on weeks where the transaction due date is Saturday or Sunday will have a 1 PM Eastern deadline.
  • When transactions are due on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, the deadline time will be 7 PM Eastern.
  • Note - after looking through all MLB schedules, in 2021 the deadline times for Saturdays and Sundays will also be at 7 PM Eastern.  So unless there are any deadline extensions or unusual situations, 7 PM Eastern will be the deadline time for all 25 weeks.
  • See the rules page covering deadlines
Week Deadline Fantasy Games Major League Games Transactions? Contract Extensions? Signing Pct Cut Pct Trade Pct
-8 Sun, 01/24/2021 N/A N/A Carryover Choices Due No 100% N/A N/A
-7 Sat, 02/13/2021 N/A N/A Redistribution Draft Choices Due No 100% N/A N/A
-6 Sun, 02/21/2021 N/A N/A Redistribution Draft - Update List for Rounds 2-5 No 100% N/A N/A
-5 Sun, 02/28/2021 N/A N/A Redistribution Draft - Update List for Rounds 3-5 No 100% N/A N/A
-4 Sun, 03/07/2021 N/A N/A Yes Yes 100% 80% 100%
-3 Sun, 03/14/2021 N/A N/A Yes Yes 100% 80% 100%
-2 Sun, 03/21/2021 N/A N/A Yes Yes 100% 80% 100%
-1 Sun, 03/28/2021 N/A N/A Yes Yes 100% 80% 100%
0 Thur, 04/01/2021
Sat 04/03/2021 - midnight Eastern
N/A N/A Yes Yes 100% 80% 100%
1 Wed, 04/7/2021
Sat 04/10/2021 - 1 PM Eastern
1 - 6 6 - 11 Yes Yes 96% 80% 96%
2 Wed, 04/14/2021 7 - 12 12 - 17 Yes Yes 92% 80% 92%
3 Wed, 04/21/2021 13 - 18 18 - 23 Yes Yes 88% 80% 88%
4 Wed, 04/28/2021 19 - 24 24 - 29 Yes Yes 84% 80% 84%
5 Wed, 05/05/2021 25 - 30 30 - 35 Yes Yes 80% 80% 80%
6 Tue, 05/11/2021 31 - 36 36 - 41 Yes Yes 76% 76% 76%
7 Tue, 05/18/2021 37 - 42 42 - 47 Yes Yes 72% 72% 72%
8 Tue, 05/25/2021 43 - 48 48 - 53 Yes Yes 68% 68% 68%
9 Tue, 06/01/2021 49 - 54 54 - 59 Yes Yes 64% 64% 64%
10 Tue, 06/08/2021 55 - 60 60 - 65 Yes Yes 60% 60% 60%
11 Mon, 06/14/2021 61 - 66 66 - 71 Yes Yes 56% 56% 56%
12 Mon, 06/21/2021 67 - 72 72 - 77 Yes Yes 52% 52% 52%
13 Mon, 06/28/2021 73 - 78 78 - 83 Yes Yes 48% 48% 48%
14 Mon, 07/05/2021 79 - 84 84 - 89 Yes Yes 44% 44% 44%
15 Mon, 07/12/2021 85 - 90 90 - 95 Yes - Final Week for Salary Rebates Yes 40% 40% 40%
16 Sun, 07/18/2021 91 - 96 96 - 101 Yes Yes 40% 0% 36%
17 Sun, 07/25/2021 97 - 102 102 - 107 Yes Yes - Final week for Extensions 40% 0% 32%
18 Sun, 08/01/2021 103 - 108 108 - 113 Yes No 40% 0% 28%
19 Sun, 08/08/2021 109 - 114 114 - 119 Yes No 40% 0% 24%
20 Sun, 08/15/2021 115 - 120 120 - 125 Yes - Final Trade Deadline No 40% 0% 20%
21 Sat, 08/21/2021 121 - 126 126 - 131 Yes - No Trades - Final week to add players to the Prospects Roster No 40% 0% 0%
22 Sat, 08/28/2021 127 - 132 132 - 137 Yes - No Trades No 40% 0% 0%
23 Sat, 09/04/2021 133 - 138 138 - 143 Yes - No Trades No 40% 0% 0%
24 Sat, 09/11/2021 139 - 144 144 - 149 Yes - No Trades No 40% 0% 0%
25 Sat, 09/18/2021 145 - 150 150 - 155 Cuts and IR Moves Only No N/A N/A N/A
Hiatus - BWB expects to be on vacation at some point after the Week 24 or 25 Transaction/Lineup deadline.  There may be an interruption in posting game results over the final 2 weeks of the regular season. 
Playoff lineup due dates will be set as appropriate.
26 TBD Playoffs - First Week N/A Cuts and IR Moves Only No N/A
N/A N/A
27 TBD Playoffs - Second Week N/A No No N/A N/A
N/A
28 TBD Playoffs - Bash N/A No No N/A
N/A
N/A
29 TBD N/A N/A Trades Only No N/A
N/A
0%
30 TBD N/A N/A Trades Only No N/A N/A 0%
-10 TBD N/A N/A Roster Carryover Decisions Due No N/A
N/A
0%
 
 
 


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