Major League Baseball active rosters to expand to 26 in 2020

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The commitment for a discussion of the larger economic issues is a key for the union after consecutive slow free-agent markets that have seen dozens of players sign on the eve of spring training and after workouts were underway.

The report cited unidentified people familiar with the negotiations, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement, while characterized as near to being complete, hasn't been finalized.

This proposed adjustment is reportedly part of the sweeping changes being discussed by MLB and the MLB Players Association regarding the current collective bargaining agreement. The reason for the reduction is to help speed up the pace of September games by limiting long parades of relief pitchers.

Other discussions have been made between the two organizations, including economic issues, an increase in prize money for the Home Run Derby, and an expansion of the Major League Baseball roster from 25 to 26 players. These include roster expansion to 26 players with a 13-pitcher limit and a three-batter minimum for pitchers for the 2020 season.

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Giving MLB the right to shorten breaks between innings.

The 26-player limit would also apply to the postseason. This is one of the possible changes to the collective bargaining agreement made by Major League Baseball as well as the Major League Baseball Players Association. After multiple proposals between the sides, MLB's latest included a willingness to postpone potential implementation of a 20-second pitch clock until at least the 2022 season.

Sources say that operators who pay for baseball's official data, like MGM, didn't negotiate for this change in procedure, but lineups will become part of the official feed provided to the league's partners.

The 25 maximum through August 31 has been a part of the collective bargaining agreement since the first labor deal in 1968. The expansion of the active roster to 40 each September 1 led to complaints from teams and players that opponents were contesting games with unequal-sized squads based on how many minor leaguers had been called up.

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