While speaking at the Owners’ Meetings in Coral Gables, Florida this afternoon, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the non-waiver trade deadline will be moved from July 31 to August 1 for this year. Fittingly enough, the announcement was made on “National Hug Day,” which I was previously unaware with a thing.
This will only be a one-year change, as July 31 falls on a Sunday this year. This potentially creates some logistical issues since the deadline falls at 4 p.m. ET. According to Tom Singer of MLB.com, the change was made in part because the number of day games on that particular Sunday. Meanwhile, August 1 features all night games. We don’t need to see another Wilmer Flores situation, so this makes sense.
With the addition of the second Wild Card, there’s a case to be made that the non-waiver deadline should be moved back further into August when teams might have a better idea if they’ll be able to hang around in the race. Of course, teams can still make waiver deals in August, but it’s just a little more complicated. Perhaps we’ll see a permanent adjustment at some point down the road.