On the reverse side, to start transactions a week later
would mean that at the end of the season, by the time the
Major League games catch up, Benchwarmer lineups would be
due after the actual games that they use are already played.
BWB is played in 6-game weeks. MLB teams often play
7 games in a week, so it wouldn't take long for BWB's
transaction date to get out of whack with the real schedule
if we were to use the same deadline throughout the season.
To try to be fairer to owners at both ends of the season,
Benchwarmer Baseball changes the deadline day throughout
- The first week's deadline will be on the
first Sunday after the MLB season begins
- This is roughly about the day most MLB teams
will be playing game 3 or 4.
- Some pitching performances will already be known, but that
shouldn't have too much of an effect.
- The deadline will
remain on Sunday for the next four weeks after that.
- Then, for weeks
6-10, the deadline will be on Saturday.
- For each fifth of
the season, the deadline will move one day earlier until, by
the final five weeks of the season, Wednesday will be used for
the deadline day.
Note - this has been changed in 2023. Previously, the
Week 1 deadline was on Wednesday or Thursday after the MLB
season began and teams were playing game 5, 6, or 7. While
we have taken steps to prevent the use of known starting
pitching performances in the past, we haven't dealt with
relief pitchers. Moving the first deadline 3-4 days earlier
along with the ripple effect for the remainder of the season
will move more of the relief pitching stats into the
Deadline times are generally set up to
be at the time of the first MLB game of the day, but to get
some consistency, starting in 2016 we'll have a consistent
time by day:
- For Saturday and Sunday deadlines, many or most (on
Sundays) teams play at around 1 PM local time, so the
deadline time will be 1 PM Eastern.
- For Wednesday-Friday deadlines, all deadline times
will be set no earlier than 7 PM Eastern. There
will often be afternoon games, but since it's not a
perfect match anyway, we'll opt for consistency.
- In some situations (e.g., trade deadline, extension
deadline), deadline times may be moved back to later in
- Note - after looking through all MLB schedules, in
2021 the deadline times for Saturdays and Sundays will
also be at 7 PM Eastern. So unless there are any
deadline extensions or unusual situations, 7 PM Eastern
will be the deadline time for all 25 week.
Each season, the schedule will be posted both for all the
games and for the transaction and lineup deadlines that
occur throughout the summer. See the
Transaction Deadlines page for more details.
Key Schedule and Deadline points
returning leagues must have cash balance at or below
Transaction order shifts back to pre-season order
must have a complete roster after this week's
required for first games
week for salary rebate for cut players
salary for free agent signings does not decrease
after this week - you pay 40% of the salary for
signings the remainder of the season.
week for multiyear contract signings. (Changed
in 2015 - had been final week in July)
week for trades. (Changed in 2015 - had been
final week in August)
week for free agent signings
preparation for playoffs, cuts and IR moves are now
allowed (as of 2015 season)