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though ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent/gen­eral man­ager Mike Elias and Co. have work in front of them be­fore the sea­son be­gins.

Here’s a look at the im­por­tant dates for the Ori­oles in 2020.

Jan. 10: The dead­line to ex­change salary fig­ures with ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble play­ers.

Af­ter sign­ing Richard Bleier to a one-year deal and trad­ing away Jonathan Vil­lar and Dy­lan Bundy, the Ori­oles are left with Trey Mancini, My­chal Givens, Hanser Al­berto and Miguel Cas­tro need­ing their 2020 salaries to be sorted out. Elias said dur­ing the sea­son that the Ori­oles’ ap­proach to ar­bi­tra­tion will be “file and trial,” a prac­tice likely to re­sult in an ar­bi­tra­tion hear­ing if the team and player don’t reach a deal by the ex­change date.

Jan. 11: Sin­gle-game spring train­ing tick­ets go on sale at ori­oles.com/spring.

Feb. 3-21: The po­ten­tial dates for ar­bi­tra­tion hear­ings. Mancini, Al­berto and Cas­tro are ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble for the first time, while Givens is in his sec­ond year.

MLB Trade Ru­mors projects the four­some to col­lec­tively make about $12 mil­lion through the ar­bi­tra­tion process. Teams are wel­come to dis­cuss con­tracts with the play­ers lead­ing up to the hear­ings.

Feb. 11: Pitch­ers and catch­ers re­port for spring train­ing at Ed Smith Sta­dium in Sara­sota, Florida.

Feb. 16: First full-squad work­out.

Feb. 22: First spring train­ing game, vis­it­ing the At­lanta Braves in West Vil­lages, Florida.

Feb. 23: First spring train­ing home game, host­ing the Bos­ton Red Sox. Top prospect and 2019 No. 1 over­all pick Ad­ley Rutschman is ex­pected to spend at least some time on the ma­jor-league side dur­ing spring train­ing.

March 23: Fi­nal spring train­ing game, at home against the New York Mets.

March 26: Open­ing day at Ori­ole Park at Cam­den Yards at 3:05 p.m. The Ori­oles face the New York Yan­kees, who have won 15 straight games in Bal­ti­more and hit 61 home runs off Ori­oles pitch­ers a year ago.

March 30: The Ori­oles face the Bos­ton Red Sox at 6:35 p.m., the first of 16 week­night home games with that start time be­fore Me­mo­rial Day and af­ter La­bor Day in an ef­fort to ac­com­mo­date fam­i­lies with chil­dren.

April 2: First road game. The Ori­oles visit the St. Louis Car­di­nals for the first time since 2003 and sec­ond time over­all, with the 4:15 p.m. matchup mark­ing the Car­di­nals’ home opener.

June 2-3: Ori­oles’ third visit to Wrigley Field, where man­ager Bran­don Hyde spent 2014-18 on the Chicago Cubs’ ma­jor-league coach­ing staff.

June 10-12: MLB am­a­teur draft. A year af­ter tak­ing Rutschman with the first over­all pick, the Ori­oles will make the sec­ond se­lec­tion be­hind the Detroit Tigers.

July 12: Fi­nal game of the first half, at the Red Sox.

July 14: All-Star Game at Dodger Sta­dium in Los An­ge­les.

July 17: First game of the sec­ond half, at home against the Tampa Bay Rays.

July 31: Trade dead­line. Last year, the

Ori­oles’ only dead­line deal was send­ing right-han­der Dan Straily to the Philadel­phia Phillies for cash, though they ac­quired Asher Wo­j­ciechowski and traded away An­drew Cash­ner ear­lier in the month.

Aug. 23: MLB Lit­tle League Clas­sic against the Red Sox in Wil­liamsport, Penn­syl­va­nia. The Ori­oles will be the home team in the yearly event that co­in­cides with the Lit­tle League World Se­ries.

Sept. 1: Ros­ters ex­pand to 28 play­ers. In years past, Septem­ber ros­ters could be as large as 40 play­ers.

Be­gin­ning in 2020, teams will have 26-man ros­ters through Aug. 31 (one more than the pre­vi­ous stan­dard of 25) and only two ad­di­tional ros­ter spots avail­able in Septem­ber.

Sept. 6:

The 25th an­niver­sary of Cal

Rip­ken Jr. break­ing Lou Gehrig’s con­sec­u­tive-games-played streak. The Ori­oles host the Yan­kees at 1:05 p.m.

Sept. 24: Fi­nal home game, against the Rays.

Sept. 27: Fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son game, at the Red Sox.

Other no­table dates:

■ 2020 marks the 50-year an­niver­sary of the Ori­oles’ 1970 World Se­ries ti­tle. That team, which in­cluded fran­chise icons such as Brooks Robin­son, Jim Palmer, Frank Robin­son, Dave McNally, Mike Cuel­lar and Boog Pow­ell, will likely be rec­og­nized at a to-be-an­nounced date.

■ Five days af­ter the World Se­ries ends in late Oc­to­ber, free agency be­gins.

■ The 2020 win­ter meet­ings, which con­clude with the Rule 5 draft, will be in Dal­las.

JULIO CORTEZ/AP

The Ori­oles’ Trey Mancini is ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble and will learn his fate some­time be­tween Feb. 3 and 21.

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