Because the typical non-waiver trade deadline of July 31 would have fallen on a Sunday this summer, Major League Baseball has pushed the deadline back 24 hours, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (via Twitter). This year’s non-waiver trade deadline will come on Monday, Aug. 1 as a result of the switch. Nightengale doesn’t include a specific time, but it’ll presumably be the same 4pm ET. MLB.com’s Richard Justice explains that the league did not want the trade deadline to occur on a Sunday afternoon, when games were still being played (links to Twitter). The Aug. 1 switch will be in effect only for 2016, Justice notes.
While the change isn’t drastic, the shift does afford teams an extra day to assess its chances at landing a Wild Card playoff berth or making a late run up the divisional ranks. As we saw this past July, many teams wait as long as possible before ultimately deciding whether to buy, sell or stand pat at the deadline, and this year’s extra time, however slight, figures to be a welcome addition for teams.
For those wondering, Aug. 31 falls on a Wednesday this year, so there shouldn’t be any sort of adjustment in terms of the deadline for newly acquired players to be eligible for a team’s postseason roster.