MLB trade deadline moved from July 31 to Aug. 1 for 2016 season

Thursday January 21st, 2016

Major League Baseball has pushed back the 2016 trade deadline by one day for teams to complete trades without waivers to Aug. 1 so that players would not be on the field during Sunday afternoon games before being dealt to another team.

Players are seen withdrawn from the middle of games or scratched from lineups in the lead-up to deals on the trade deadline. The inital trade deadline for the upcoming season was set for 4 p.m. ET on July 31. There are six games slated to start shortly after 1 p.m. with four others in the 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. range and four at 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

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July 31st has primarily served as the league's trade deadline since 1986, when it was changed from the June 15 deadline initially set in 1923.

- Christopher Chavez

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