Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Thursday during the Owners Meetings in Florida that the non-waiver trade deadline will be pushed a day for the upcoming season.
Major League Baseball moved the non-waiver trade deadline from July 31 to Aug. 1. The Commissioner said due to July 31 falling on a Sunday this year that is was appropriate to push the deadline a day. Commissioner Manfred said he did not want the deadline to unfold as the games were being played Sunday on the field.
“We thought Sunday made no sense for us this year,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday at the Owners Meetings. “We don’t think it will be the end of modern civilization to do it one day later.”
With the deadline now Aug. 1 at 3:00pm CDT, there will not be a hug-watch this year on the non-waiver trade deadline.
There are eight games on the MLB schedule for Aug. 1, each with a start time of 6:10pm CDT or later.
The Cubs open a three-game series against the Marlins at Wrigley on Monday, Aug. 1. The three games with Miami is the last of three series of an eight-game homestand at Wrigley that begins on July 27 (White Sox, July 27-28; Mariners, July 29-31; Marlins, Aug. 1-3).
Players can still be traded after Aug. 1 but it requires all of the players involved in the deal on 40-man rosters to pass through revocable trade waivers.
The change from July 31 to Aug. 1 will reportedly be for only the 2016 season.