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It’s MLB trade deadline day!

Will the Cubs make another deal before the trade door closes for 2019?

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

This year’s MLB trade deadline will be different than any that have come previously.

That’s because there will no longer be waiver deals permitted in August. Once 3 p.m. CT passes today, July 31, that’s it for major-league trading in 2019.

Teams will, as they always do, look for loopholes. As far as I know, minor-league deals for players not on 40-man rosters can still happen in August, so clubs will likely make those deals looking for depth as the season goes on. But we won’t see anything like two years ago, when Justin Verlander was dealt to the Astros on August 31, 2017.

The Cubs made one minor trade Tuesday, acquiring reliever David Phelps from the Blue Jays. Will they make another deal before 3 p.m. CT today?

The biggest trade made so far near 2019 deadline time was Tuesday night’s acquisition of Trevor Bauer by the Reds in a three-team deal that sent Yasiel Puig (and others) to the Indians and Reds top prospect Taylor Trammell to the Padres:

PADRES GET: Taylor Trammell (from Cincinnati)
REDS GET: Trevor Bauer (from Cleveland)
INDIANS GET: Yasiel Puig, Scott Moss (from Cincinnati); Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen, Victor Nova (from San Diego)

And so this will be the last memory of Puig as a Red [VIDEO].

And this will be the last memory of Bauer as an Indian [VIDEO].

This post is for trade discussion throughout the day. Remember that trades can still be reported by media and teams after 3 p.m. CT; that deadline is for paperwork to be filed with the Commissioner’s office. If the Cubs do make another trade today, there will be a separate post made about that.


Will the Cubs make a major-league trade before the 3 p.m. CT deadline?

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