November 3 - Start of free agency. The following Mets are eligible:
MLB: Jason Isringhausen, Miguel Batista, Willie Harris, Jose Reyes, Chris Young, Chris Capuano, Scott Hairston... AAA: Bubba Bell, Boof Bonser, Jason Botts, Gustavo Chacin, Raul Chavez, Jose De La Torre, Jesus Feliciano, Luis Figueroa, Justin Hampson, Chin-lung Hu, John Lujan, Salomon Manriquez, Val Pascucci, Fernando Perez, Brian Sweeney, Taylor Tankersley... AA: Manny Alvarez, Ricky Brooks, Brahiam Maldonado, Jon Malo, Niuman Romero, Dusty Ryan... A+: Jose Coronado, Stefan Welch... A: Gabriel Zavala
November 18 - Deadline to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. The following Mets are eligible:
AAA: Mark Cohoon, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Dylan Owen, Elvin Ramirez, Raul Reyes... AA: Eric Campbell, Robert Carson, Rhiner Cruz, Allan Dykstra, Jeurys Familia, Michael Fisher, Kai Gronauer, Reese Havens, Brad Holt, Juan Lagares, Collin McHugh, Roy Merritt, Brandon Moore, Edgar Ramirez, Sean Ratliff, Tobi Stoner, Erik Turgeon... A+: Eric Beaulac, Matt Bouchard, Nick Carr, Juan Centeno, Dock Doyle, Wilmer Flores, Jim Fuller, Jeff Kaplan, Jefry Marte, Scott Moviel, Eric Niesen, Francisco Pena, Michael Powers, Cesar Puello, Adrian Rosario, Brant Rustich, Pedro Zapata... A: Rafael Fernandez, Gonzalez Germen, Alonzo Harris, Guillame Leduc, Ronny Morla, Luis Nieves, Luis Rojas, Miguel Tejada, Juan Torres, Wilfredo Tovar... A-: Eduardo Aldama, Chris Hilliard, Richard Lucas, Orlando Tovar, Amauris Valdez... R: Julio Concepcion, Jeyckol De Leon, Lachlan Hodge, Mitchell Houck, Nestor Moreno, Ramiro Peralta, Breiner Soto
November 23 - Deadline to offer arbitration to departing Type A or B free agents. Jose Reyes is a Type A free agent, he's the only Mets free agent that will bring back draft compensation, and he will definitely be offered arbitration.
December 7 - Deadline for free agents who were offered arbitration to accept. Since there's no chance Reyes accepts arbitration, this deadline bears watching only because it will set the order of sandwich picks. Sandwich round compensation is based on the reverse standings, with Type A free agents handled first, then Type B free agents. Here's the list of players who would rank ahead of Reyes, and the overall pick they would currently provide. Everyone on this list was offered arbitration, but anyone on this list who re-signs with his former team will improve the sandwich round compensation pick the Mets would get for Reyes.
32. Michael Cuddyer, Twins
33. Heath Bell, Padres
34. Josh Willingham, Athletics
35. Jose Reyes, Mets
December 8 - Rule 5 Draft
December 12 - Deadline to tender contracts for the 2012 season. Players likeliest to be non-tendered are those eligible for arbitration and those not yet eligible for arbitration who accrued a significant amount of Major League service time in the prior year and who might not factor into the future (since minor league salary floors are based partly off of the prior year's total compensation).
Arbitration Eligible Mets: Manny Acosta, Ronny Paulino, Mike Pelfrey, Ramon Ramirez, Andres Torres
Pre-Arb Mets who could potentially be non-tendered: Mike Baxter, Mike Nickeas
January 5 - Start of arbitration filing period
January 15 - End of arbitration filing period
February 1 - Start of arbitration hearings
February 20 - The four most beautiful words in the English language: Pitchers and catchers report.