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When is the 2023 MLB trade deadline? Date, time, top players available

For baseball junkies, this is one of the most exciting times of the year.

The MLB trade deadline arrives on Tuesday, August 1 – the day teams on the fence have to decide whether they're in or out if they want to contend for one of this season's coveted playoff spots.

The deadline lost perhaps it's most intriguing trade chip when the Los Angeles Angels decided to be buyers instead of sellers by adding pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. However, there are still several impact players who could still change teams before the dealing's done.

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito, shown pitching against the Los Angeles Angels, has now joined them.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito, shown pitching against the Los Angeles Angels, has now joined them.

When is the MLB trade deadline?

All deals have to be finalized and submitted to the commissioner's office by 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 1.

Who has already been traded ahead of the deadline?

Lucas Giolito, Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard ... USA TODAY Sports is updating a list of all the deals as they happen. Check out our trade deadline tracker.

Which pitchers are likely to attract the most interest on the trade market?

With Ohtani off the table, attention turns to some top starting pitchers who could thrive in a playoff team's rotation. Mets starters Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander fit the bill, but their twin $43.3 million contracts could make moving them difficult.

Elsewhere, USA TODAY Sports' Bob Nightengale identifies the Padres' Blake Snell, the Cardinals' Jordan Montgomery and Jack Flaherty, the Cubs' Marcus Stroman and Kyle Hendricks and the Tigers' Eduardo Rodriguez and Michael Lorenzen as the top pitchers who could be moved.

Closers Josh Hader of the Padres and Jordan Hicks of the Cardinals could also be dealt.

What about the hitters?

Cubs outfielder Cody Bellinger, who finally is startling to look like the guy who won the 2019 NL MVP award with the Dodgers, could be the best position player available.

The Cardinals have the greatest array of talent available with outfielders Carlson and O’Neill, infielders Tommy Edman and Paul DeJong, and catcher Willson Contreras on the block.

Other names to watch: First baseman C.J. Cron and All-Star Game MVP Elias Diaz of the Rockies, outfielder Tommy Pham of the Mets and third baseman Jeimer Candelario of the Nationals.

Which teams have the most to gain at the deadline?

No contending club wants to be ill-equipped for the postseason, so USA TODAY Sports' Gabe Lacques has picked out five teams who have glaring needs they will look to address via trade.

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers have already made a pair of moves to shore up their infield, but a big bat or a bullpen arm would help even more.

  • The Baltimore Orioles recently took over first place in the AL East. They will be shopping for a starting pitcher, maybe two.

  • The Tampa Bay Rays need a starter as well with Jeffrey Springs and Drew Rasmussen out for the season with injuries.

  • The Philadelphia Phillies recently got Bryce Harper back, and his ability to play first base opens up the opportunity to add a left fielder.

  • And the defending champion Houston Astros have seen their starting rotation depleted by injuries. They'll be looking for an upgrade there as well.

When is the waiver trade deadline?

MLB teams no longer have the ability to deal players who pass through waivers after the trade deadline. In the past, players could still be traded up until August 31 if they were put on waivers and went unclaimed by the other 29 clubs. (Justin Verlander going to the Houston Astros at the last minute on Aug. 31, 2017, and being a key part of that season's World Series championship team is perhaps the biggest of those deals in recent memory.)

However, starting with the COVID-shortened 2020 season, MLB has scrapped the waiver trade option in favor of a single trade deadline at the end of July or beginning of August.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: When is the MLB trade deadline 2023? Date, time, top players available