Essex all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate is appointed as the county's new skipper for all forms of limited-overs cricket.
Matt Walker leaves his post as assistant head coach at Essex to join Kent and is replaced by Chris Silverwood
Essex seamer Reece Topley rules himself out of the England Lions tour to Sri Lanka because of a back problem.
Essex spinner Tim Phillips will continue at the club for a 15th season after signing a one-year deal with the Chelmsford club.
Essex head coach Paul Grayson says calls for pace bowler Tymal Mills to join the England Test side are premature.
Essex opener Jaik Mickleburgh signs a one-year contract extension tying him to the county until 2015.
England all-rounder Ravi Bopara signs a new deal with Essex, keeping him at Chelmsford until the end of 2014.
England captain Alastair Cook is awarded a benefit year by Essex, for whom he made his first-class debut in 2003.
Durham will start the defence of their County Championship title with an away game against Northants on 13 April next year.
Essex seamer David Masters signs a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him at Chelmsford until 2015.
Essex's Tymal Mills hopes time with England squad in Australia will boost his chances of playing international cricket.
Essex sign England and former Sussex spinner Monty Panesar, currently on the Ashes tour of Australia, on a two-year deal.
Left-arm seamers Tymal Mills and Harry Gurney will fly to Australia to provide practice for England batsmen before the Ashes.
Essex will try to sign Monty Panesar but head coach Paul Grayson says other clubs are interested in the spinner.
Seam bowler Maurice Chambers joins newly promoted Northamptonshire from Division Two side Essex on a two-year deal.
Essex all-rounder Graham Napier signs a new two-year contract with the Chelmsford club following his best-ever season.
Spinner Monty Panesar says making the Ashes squad was the boost he needed after a controversial nightclub incident.
Essex spinner Monty Panesar receives a suspended one-match ban from county cricket after accepting a charge of misconduct.
BBC commentators select and give the lowdown on county cricket's best XI of 2013
Matt Coles takes 10 wickets in the match as Hampshire ease to an innings victory over Essex in Southampton.