Major League Baseball teams will get an extra 24 hours to make some moves before the trade deadline in 2016.
Per USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Thursday, the deadline has been moved from July 31 to August 1 due to the original date being on a Sunday.
According to MLB.com's Richard Justice, the August 1 deadline will only be for this year. But an extra day, while it doesn't seem like much, does give teams more time to negotiate and piece together trades.
The non-waiver trade deadline is one of the most exciting times of baseball's regular season, as it reveals which teams are buyers, and therefore contenders, and which ones are dismantling in an attempt to build for the future.
It also depends on whether talented players near the end of their contracts are unlikely to sign with their current team. If the outlook is bleak on re-signing a player, his team could turn to the trade market to receive something in return rather than having him walk in free agency when the season ends.
Deadline activity fluctuates each year thanks to the state of teams around the league. If a majority of ballclubs are comfortable with where they are, fewer moves are made.
During last year's trade deadline, some huge talent shipped to new teams, including pitchers David Price and Johnny Cueto, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Price and Tulowitzki went to the Toronto Blue Jays, Cueto went to the Kansas City Royals and Cespedes went to the New York Mets.
It was no coincidence that those were three of the final four teams in the postseason in 2015.
In 2014, though, star power was lacking, as the biggest moves involved names like pitchers Jake Peavy, Huston Street and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
After the non-waiver deadline comes the waiver deadline August 31. It is far more difficult to deal players, as, obviously, they have to pass through waivers without being claimed.
While we can speculate about which players could be on the block based on their contract situations, the only way to gauge how busy this year's deadline will be is to wait for the season to progress closer to it.
Past trade deadline information courtesy of ESPN.com
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