A reminder why Aug. 31 is a very important MLB trade deadline

Baseball’s annual non-waiver trade deadline — July 31 — came and went with several high-profile deals. That is not a hard deadline, however. Teams can still make trades after that date. They just have to go through the trade waivers process first. Here’s how that works.

Seattle Mariners
St. Louis Cardinals
made a fairly notable waiver trade Wednesday as
Mike Leake
was sent to Seattle for a lower profile prospect in what amounted to a salary dump. Others like
Curtis Granderson
Jay Bruce
Neil Walker
Yonder Alonso
Rajai Davis
Sean Rodriguez
have been traded since July 31. Some pretty big names there.

Another very important trade deadline is approaching this week. Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET is the deadline for teams to acquire players and have them be eligible for the postseason roster. There are no exceptions. A player has be in your organization — not necessarily on your big-league roster or even on the 40-man roster, but in the organization — at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday if you want him available in the postseason.

As a result, there is usually a rash of smaller trades made in the hours leading up to that 11:59 p.m. ET deadline. It’s not often a huge name moves this late in the season, but there is definitely some last-minute roster tweaking. Here’s a recap of last year’s Aug. 31 trades:

  • Cleveland Indians
    Coco Crisp
    from the
    Oakland Athletics
    Colt Hynes
  • Mariners acquired
    Ben Gamel
    from the
    New York Yankees
    for two low level prospects.
  • Yankees acquired
    Eric Young
    Jr. from

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