Today is a Rostering Deadline for MLB Teams, Which Could Mean Some Movement

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Today is a Rostering Deadline for MLB Teams, Which Could Mean Some Movement

Chicago Cubs

Without the August waiver trade period anymore, and with the Cubs out of playoff contention, it’s easy to forget that today is a deadline day. But it is!

Today is the deadline to have a player in your organization if you want him to be eligible for your postseason roster. If the guy is not in your org – somewhere in your org! – by midnight tonight, then you cannot later import him and put him on your playoff roster. Contrary to what you might read elsewhere, the guy doesn’t have to be on your active roster or even your 40-man today. So long as he’s in your organization by today, there are ways to maneuver him onto the postseason roster.

That means we might see more out-of-nowhere waiver claims like the Jose Quintana one last night (it was a waiver claim, but I’m thinking it was maybe more like a negotiated trade, with the Giants ringing up the Angels and saying, hey, we’ll take Quintana’s remaining salary right now if you waive him). Since this is your very last chance to get guys in the door JUST IN CASE, you could see teams a little more active on the waiver wire today than otherwise expected. You’re not going to find a star contributor today, but you might find a back-up, back-up, if-things-go-really-sideways option. You pretty much just have to be willing to pick up the September salary.

We also could conceivably see minor league trades – you can still trade guys not on the 40-man roster right now – though it’s a pretty rare situation where a playoff-bound team wants a guy from another organization who isn’t even on the 40-man roster yet. Would have to be a speed guy or a some other kind of extreme specialist.

Today used to be called the waiver trade deadline, which was something of an understandable misnomer: you could still make trades after today in years past, it’s just that players acquired in September couldn’t go on your eventual playoff roster. So, for obvious reasons, September trades were extremely rare, and thus August 31 was treated like a trade deadline, rather than just a rostering deadline.

As for the Cubs, today is not a super important day for obvious reasons. It’s plausible that some team could approach them about one of their veteran catchers or relievers, but it’s just as plausible that the Cubs would prefer to keep those guys around to finish out the season (veteran leadership, distribute the workload, considerations for next year, etc.).



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.