MLB has announced a new, ten team playoff format which includes two additional Wild Cards and an elimination game prior to the start Division Series.
The Wild Card with the lower seed will get the first two home games of the Division Series in 2012 only, and the format will revert back beginning in 2013. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says this change is to eliminate the off-day before game 5 of the Division Series, which was already scheduled.
I also wonder if MLB will change the date of the trade deadline. With the extra Wild Card, July 31 might be a bit premature for teams to determine their status for a playoff run. Perhaps extending it by 15 days or so would make for a better barometer for clubs to determine whether they should add to their roster for a run.
For more on the changes to the playoff format, check out MLB.com.