Although July's no-waiver transaction deadline draws attention, Major League Baseball has really worked with two deadlines. The other is the transaction deadline of August 31, which is considerably more complicated. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the August waiver transaction deadline will be removed.
MLBPA has come up with the idea, according to Rosenthal. He cites an anonymous owner who qualifies the removal of the cancellation date as a "big mistake". The same general manager worried that teams facing the injury virus at the end of the season could be forced to promote minor leagues in the middle of a pennant race.
Players on the injured list still accumulate time. List owners do not meet the standards. it is potentially possible to start (or resume) the service clock for players who might not otherwise be on the active list.
Once the deadline of 31 July passed, teams could only exchange their players by placing them on waivers. Starting with the team having the worst record in the same league as the player placed on waivers, the teams can claim that player. Once the player has been claimed, his team may negotiate an exchange with the claimant or choose to withdraw the player from the waivers. If the player is withdrawn, he can not be exchanged via waivers to another team. If a player goes through unclaimed waivers after three business days, his team may trade him normally. This team can also send it back to the minor leagues or release it.
Out-of-play teams for the playoffs tended to use waiver deals as a way to drain the contracts of older, less productive players from the teams in contention. The competition also sometimes blocked other rival teams (with better records) from making improvements by preemptively placing a claim on a player.
The elimination of the August 31 waiver transaction deadline will give more prominence to the July 31 trading deadline without waivers, which is probably obvious. Some teams may feel the need to be cautious and acquire more depth than they might need at this time, as injuries and underperformance certainly occur in the last two months of the season. .
Next season, the number of active players will increase from 25 to 26 players and that of September to 28 players, against 40 usually. The teams certainly took advantage of the August 31 deadline and the September 1 extension, using waivers to acquire depth quantities.