MLB Extends Trade Deadline

Rob Manfred
The Associated Press

Major League Baseball gave teams an extra day to make trades for the upcoming season.

The move pushes the trade deadline from July 31 to August 1. The decision applies only to the 2016 season. July 31 falling on a Sunday prompted the delay in the deadline.

“Given the way we play games on Sunday, that didn’t seem like it made the most sense,” Commissioner Rob Manfred explained about the deadline. “So we decided to move it the one day. We don’t think it will be the end of modern civilization to do it one day later and probably much better for the clubs.”

The trade deadline was scheduled to come at 4 p.m. on Sunday when most teams played or prepared to play games. The decision came at the owners’ meetings in Coral Gables, Florida.

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