Single trade deadline among Major League Baseball rule changes

Carrie Guzman
March 15, 2019

One thing I learned from my eight years of writing about Major League Baseball is that people generally don't care about 29 of the 30 teams.

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

Major League Baseball and the MLBPA have agreed to a deal with some notable changes coming in the near future according to ESPN.

These rules are likely connected to each other. The bargaining over distribution of revenue could be the most hard gap to bridge, with teams clearly paring back spending on aging players while players chafe at the notion that those 30 and older are no longer worthy of the deals they received in the past. After September 1, teams must carry 28 players; September call-ups are, by and large, done.

The maximum number of mound visits will drop from six-to-five.

Extra innings in the All-Star Game will begin with a runner on second, perhaps a step toward introducing that for future regular seasons.

There will be a cap on the number of pitchers that teams are allowed to carry on the active roster, that will be determined by the joint committee.

Active roster limit will increase from 25 to 26 player.

Time between innings will be cut from 2:05 to 2:00 for local games and 2:25 to 2:00 for national games.

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The trade deadline will remain July 31st; however, trade waivers will be eliminated.

A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby victor will be implemented in 2019 - and a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 - as part of a deal between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. They tabled discussions to implement a pitch clock, but the new rules will force every pitcher to face a minimum of three batters. Last year, Josh Donaldson, Daniel Murphy, Andrew McCutchen, David Freese, Gio Gonzalez, Fernando Rodney, Mike Fiers, Justin Bour and Ryan Madson were among the notable players traded after July 31 after passing through waivers. 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).

All-Star Game fan voting will be conducted in two rounds. During the "Primary Round", each team will nominate one player per eligible position (three outfielders), who will be voted on by fans. In June or July, an "Election Day" will be held where the top three players in each position who got the most votes will be voted on again by fans to determine the All-Star starters.

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).

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.

Both the Home Run Derby and All-Star tweaks come in an attempt to generate more buzz about the competitions while also encouraging the game's biggest stars to participate.

The injured list, previously known as the disabled list, will go back to having a minimum time of 15 days.

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

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