MLB pushes back its nonwaiver trade deadline for the upcoming season

Carlos Gonzalez again could be among the most coveted players at the deadline.

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Major League Baseball will move its nonwaiver trading deadline for the upcoming season from July 31 to Aug. 1, USA TODAY reports.

That’s because July 31 is a Sunday this year.

"We thought Sunday made no sense for us this year," Commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters at the MLB owners meetings Thursday. "We don’t think it will be the end of modern civilization to do it one day later." 

In recent seasons, there has been speculation that the nonwaiver deadline eventually could be pushed back even later because so many more teams are still in contention now with two wild-card berths in each league. Thus, there are fewer teams willing to sell by the end of July.

Players still can be traded after July 31 but first must clear waivers. Any player acquired before Aug. 31 is eligible to be included on the postseason roster with his new team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.