Massive MLB Rule Changes for 2019 and 2020 Become Official

MLB, MLBPA Agree To Single Trade Deadline, Changes To Roster Size

MLB, MLBPA Agree To Single Trade Deadline, Changes To Roster Size

After nearly two years of acrimony, could Major League Baseball and its union be embarking on a new, healthier relationship?

Nevertheless, the agreement jointly announced by the sides Thursday promises dramatic alterations to the game when implemented in 2019 and '20.

This is another attempt to prevent the slowing of games with pitching changes during half innings.

Several of the changes would be introduced this season, with reductions in the time of inning breaks and a shorter trade deadline both going into effect.

Teams must designate before each game whether a player will be used as a pitcher or position player before each game. September roster expansions will also be limited to 28 players instead of 40. Additionally, changes were announced for All-Star game voting, rules, and compensation, beginning this season.

- Inning breaks will drop to two minutes for local (currently 2:05) and national (currently 2:25) broadcasts and mound visits will be reduced from six to five. Trade waivers have been eliminated, meaning the end of post-July 31 waiver trades.

~ A single trade deadline (July 31) will be enacted in 2019.

~ A pitcher also must face a three-batter minimum in 2020.

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The biggest change in 2019 will be the move to a single trade deadline, which will be on July 31.

Though the current Major League Baseball collective bargaining agreement doesn't expire until 2021, the two sides have also agreed to start having conversations as soon as possible in efforts to avoid any sort of future strike, and will touch on some of the games most "fundamental" economic issues. The Players Association has agreed that it will not grieve or otherwise challenge the Office of the Commissioner's implementation of the amended Rule 5.10 (g). During the "Primary Round", each team will nominate one player per eligible position (three outfielders), who will be voted on by fans.

- All-Star voting will be done by the fans through late June or early July before a final three at each position (final nine for the outfield) is determined.

According to Passan, MLB plans to give $1 million to the victor of the Home Run Derby and $2.5 million in cash prizes for the event as a whole.

All-Star Game bonus payments will be given to the top three vote-getters at each position in each League during the Primary Round (top six for outfielders).

The amount of days pitchers must spend on the Injured List increases from 10 for 15 days as does the minimum assignment period of pitchers optioned to the minors.

Prize money for the players on the winning All-Star team will be increased.

The minimum period a pitcher can be placed on the injury list extends from 10 days to 15.

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