Report: MLB GMs want trade deadline moved back to mid-August
The elimination of the waiver trade deadline has left MLB GMs with a smaller window to decide whether they are buyers or sellers, and some of them want a little more time to make that decision in the future.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, there is a “growing sentiment” among GMs to have the trade deadline moved to August 15, giving teams more time to decide how they want to go about their deadline business.
There is a growing sentiment among GMs to push the #MLB trade deadline back to Aug. 15 to give teams more time to determine whether they are buyers or sellers in light of slow activity. They will discuss at the GM meetings in November in Phoenix.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 29, 2019
Part of the issue is the second wild card, which has many teams feeling that they can still make a run at a playoff spot. It has resulted in a slow-moving deadline with many more buyers than sellers, and even fringe contenders have gotten in on the action. The old rules of the trade deadline don’t really apply anymore, and it would be smart to move things around to respond to that.