The 2022 MLB trade deadline has a new date than what most fans have gotten used to seeing.
The date of July 31 has been synonymous with the MLB trade deadline although it hasn’t always fallen on this date. June 15 was when the MLB trade deadline took place prior to 1986 and in 2016 it was moved to Aug. 1 because of July 31 falling on a Sunday. Just last year, it took place on July 30 because July 31 was a Saturday.
If you’ve kept up with this abridged history, there’s more to learn. In 2022, the MLB trade deadline has a brand new date. As per part of the recent collective bargaining agreement, it can now take place anytime from July 28-Aug. 3.
This year, with July 31 falling on a Sunday yet again, teams will have a few extra hours to make their final offers. The trade deadline has been pushed back.
When is the 2022 MLB trade deadline?
Aug. 2, 2022 is the day when teams will have a chance to do their last pitches for veteran rentals or prospects before the trade deadline comes and goes. Falling on a Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET, it’s a nice late afternoon/early evening push in the middle of the week to gear up for.
As we’ve witnessed in the past, the 6 p.m. ET trade deadline isn’t always the end of news leaks. It can take several hours after a trade is actually completed for it to hit Twitter. In the ruckus during those final minutes, some big deals often get lost as well.
Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET is a much better day for the MLB trade deadline than Sunday night when most fans are done with baseball for the day and settled in to watch something else. Tuesdays are a little bit different. By then, we all want some good news. The trade deadline often offers this mid-week boost of positivity although it does leave many fans with heartbreak along the way, too.
The Aug. 2 MLB trade deadline this year was the right change to make. On a Sunday night at the beach, the last thing you want to ruin your day is to find out your team just gave up their number two prospect for a 32-year-old veteran. Save that piece of troubling news for a Tuesday.