MLB, MLBPA Agree To Single Trade Deadline Starting In 2019


Starting with games later this month, mound visits will be decreased from six to five and commercial breaks will be shortened.

Voting for the All-Star Game - this year's game will be held at Progressive Field on July 9 - 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.

The two sides are also nearing an agreement on an All-Star Game Election Day. Further details on the new fan voting format will be announced in April. Fans would vote online for All-Star starters, and the top three vote-getters will take part in a one-day election.

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

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.

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.

The MLB and the MLBPA will create a committee to explore other changes in the future.

The minimum stay on the Injured List will be increased from 10 to 15 days and the minimum assignment period of pitchers to the minor league will also increase from 10 to 15 days. Clubs can add a 27th player for doubleheaders. Clubs must designate each player on the roster as a pitcher or position player prior to said player's first day on active roster.

~ A pitcher also must face a three-batter minimum in 2020. Exceptions include incapacitating injury or illness.

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

Also coming in 2020, each team's pitching staff on an active roster will be capped at a number that will be decided on by a committee of Major League Baseball and the players' association. September rosters, meanwhile, will shrink from 40 to 28 (with a 14-pitcher maximum). That designation will remain in effect for the player and can not change for the rest of the championship season and postseason. Clubs will have to designate each player as either a position player, a pitcher or a "two-way player"-with the qualification that a player may be designated a "two-way" player only if he pitched at least 20 innings and started at least 20 games as a position player or designated hitter, with at least three plate appearances in each of those games". 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.