Single trade deadline among Major League Baseball rule changes

Tanya Simon
March 14, 2019

Another change that will take effect this year include one single trade deadline on July 31.

Time between innings will be cut from 2:05 to 2:00 for local games and 2:25 to 2:00 for national games. This year will also see a change in voting for the All-Star Game.

Prize money for the Home Run Derby will be increased to $2.5 million The victor will receive $1 million.

All-Star bonus payments will be given to the top three vote getters at each position, including the top six outfielders.

A single trade deadline, an All-Star game election day and a $1 million Home Run Derby prize will be introduced in 2019.

Starting in 2020, each team's roster will increase by one player to 26, and on September 1 through the end of the regular season, each team will have 28 players on the roster instead of as many as 40.

In the event of extra inning, both All-Star teams will start the 10th inning and every subsequent inning with a runner on second base.

The two sides are also nearing an agreement on an All-Star Game Election Day. Contending clubs, one would imagine, will be forced to be more aggressive when seeking to acquire talent, while borderline teams who would previously have waited until mid- or late-August to sell off assets in a series of waiver claims will now be forced to make a decision much sooner.

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The victor of the annual event will take home $1 million beginning this season.

Spurred by labor relations discord amid a second consecutive free-agent market that has left players disappointed, the mid-collective-bargaining-agreement negotiations represent a step forward between two sides that had squabbled privately and publicly.

The active roster limit from Opening Day through August 31st and in Postseason games will increase from 25 to 26, and the minimum number of active players will increase from 24 to 25.

-As part of the drop in the September roster limit, players may be optioned to a team's spring training facility from Sept. 1 on. The current Major League Rules allowing for a 26th player for doubleheaders will be amended to allow for a 27th player. Teams will be required to designate players as a pitcher or position player before each player's first day on the active roster. A committee between the sides that will study the game is expected to make recommendations on the maximum number of pitchers allowed on the rosters.

-Unless changed by the committee, the injured list and option recall minimum period for pitchers will increase from 10 days to 15 in 2020, an effort to slow the use of relievers by teams who shuttle of pitchers between the majors and minors.

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. 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). MLB's current collective bargaining agreement with the MLBPA expires on December 1, 2021.

- Pitchers will have to serve a 15- rather than 10-day Injured List period as a way to try to further thwart roster manipulation.

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