Mega-Brief Primer: So Why’s Today Called the Non-Waiver Trade Deadline Anyway?

homer at the chalkboardToday’s deadline is called the “non-waiver” trade deadline, which I prefer to refer to as the “Trade Deadline.” It comes at 3pm CT today, and it is swell.

But what’s that “non-waiver” part about? We’ll get into far greater detail later this week when August “waiver” trades can be made, but, for today, I thought I’d answer for those who didn’t know and didn’t want to ask:

The reason today’s deadline is called the “non-waiver” trade deadline is because it is the final day on which teams can make trades without having to go through the waiver process – a complicated procedure that can dramatically cut down on the ability of teams to easily make trades. Although trades can technically occur in August, today’s deadline is considered the “Trade Deadline,” because it tends to be the final day of the regular season on which you see lots and lots of trade activity. There is another trade deadline next month, but it is far less glamorous, and we’ll get there when we get there.

Prepare yourself for the Trade Deadline at 3pm CT today.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

12 responses to “Mega-Brief Primer: So Why’s Today Called the Non-Waiver Trade Deadline Anyway?”

  1. JB88

    Now, you are just filling space :)

    And I like it!

  2. B_Scwared

    I expect Baker to be moved by the Waiver deadline. He will make it through waivers based on his current status, but will hopefully have a chance on the major league roster between now and then to show something.

    1. On The Farm

      I am not so sure if he can’t get his FB to the 90s on a regular basis.

    2. RoughRiider

      Not a chance. For what purpose would the Cubs try to move Baker? He has no trade value to speak of and only signed a 1 year contract. He’ll be a free agent at the end of the year and by most accounts they will resign him to a contract before spring training 2014.

      1. Eternal Pessimist

        He has no value to the Cubs this year EXCEPT his trade value. They are out of it and if they can trade him for something, they might as well. And, they can have their shot at him after the season like everyone else.

        1. gocatsgo2003

          The flipside being that he could be willing to work out yet another team-friendly deal after we paid him mucho dinero to rehab.

  3. RoscoeVillageFan

    Brett-

    Don’t be afraid to detail that complicated waivers process for me! After being up 30 hrs straight, I still think you can do it

    1. MichiganGoat
      1. RoscoeVillageFan

        Brett’s got a friend in you. Way reinvent the wheel when it’s already there!! Thanks

  4. Eternal Pessimist

    “There is another trade deadline next month, but it is far less glamorous, and we’ll get there when we get there”

    I can see another 36 hour blogathon. Can’t wait!

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