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Monday, July 22, 2019

Everything you need to know about the new and improved MLB Trade Deadline

For a long time, Major League Baseball had the best, most exciting trade deadline among the four major sports. In recent seasons, that excitement has been eclipsed by the popularity of the NBA, but baseball still stands ahead of football and hockey in terms of in-season movement.

In an effort to shake things up a bit, baseball’s trade deadline underwent some changes in the offseason.

Notably, while July 31 has always been deadline day, in past years it was a bit of a misnomer. July 31 was technically just the Non-Waiver Trade Deadline in years past. The month of August has always allowed trades to be made as long as players pass through waivers. If a player is claimed off waivers, his team can either pull him back, let him go for nothing, or negotiate a deal with his claiming team only.

This obviously made for much more limited movement in August, but it was always an option.

“New”, I’ll grant you- but “improved”?

 

QLE Posted: July 22, 2019 at 04:31 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: manfred is thinking about it, trade deadline, waivers

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   1. KronicFatigue Posted: July 22, 2019 at 09:45 AM (#5863724)
What's the reason for this change again? The article talks about the old way being convoluted and MLB wanted to simplify. And that this will force teams to be more aggressive in the offseason (??). Latter doesn't make sense, and with the former, I thought the complexity was a feature, not a bug.

I loved big names/contracts being put on waivers and every once in awhile a team getting stuck with them. I love two teams in contention going after the same player during waivers but the team with the worst record getting him. I don't see any benefits to a hard deadline, but I haven't thought it through much.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 22, 2019 at 11:27 AM (#5863783)
I thought it was they wanted teams to decide if they were in it or not earlier, and hopefully force more teams on the fringe to at least make some move to improve, thereby causing more teams to engage in a competitive race? Not sure if that's how it will pan out though.

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