MLB, MLBPA Agree To Single Trade Deadline Starting In 2019

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

These rules are likely connected to each other.

Inning breaks: Inning breaks will be reduced from 2 minutes, 5 seconds to 2 minutes for local games and from 2:25 to 2 minutes in national games, "subject to discussions with broadcast partners".

Mound visits per team will be reduced from six to five. The August waiver trades will be eliminated. Players can be placed on waivers after that date, but can't be outright traded.

As Passan details, the All-Star Game selection process will also be getting a facelift in 2019. The fans then can vote on position players. Players such as Adam Jones (via USA Today's Bob Nightengale), Matt Wieters (via MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch) and Brad Brach (via The Athletic's Patrick Mooney) are among the many who've been open about frustrating forays into the open market.

Baseball is expected to make the official announcement regarding the rule changes on Thursday.

Furthermore, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reserves the right to reduce inning breaks to 1:55 for both local and national games for the 2020 season.

The victor of the Home Run Derby will now receive $1 million and total prize pool money for the competition increases to $2.5 million. The victor of the Home Run Derby will receive $1 million.

There have been major post-July 31 trades in recent years. A waiver trade deadline in August will no longer exist. Imagine Francisco Lindor or Jose Ramirez at the plate needing to hit 13 home runs to win the derby and win the bonus money. The top-three vote getters will be put on the ballot for a one-day election. Doubleheaders will allow a 27th roster member.

~ Expanded September rosters can include a maximum of 28 players and 14 pitchers at the most in 2020.

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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.

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.

The changes for the 2019 season won't be as drastic.

Players designated as a "Two-Way Player".

Teams must designate before each game whether a player will be used as a pitcher or position player before each game.

Starting pitchers and relief pitchers must either face a minimum of three batters of finish the current inning.

For pitchers, the minimum placement period on the injured list will increase from 10 to 15 days.

For more info check out the Major League Baseball press release.

As part of the agreement, Major League Baseball has reportedly agreed to table discussions on a pitch clock for the time being, likely until at least 2022, after the current collective bargaining agreement expires.

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