MLB, MLBPA Announce Significant Rule Changes

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference at MLB headquarters in New York on Nov. 27 2018

A single July 31 trade deadline plus an All-Star Game Election Day will be implemented in 2019 while roster expansion will happen in 2020 as part of a significant agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, MLB confirmed in a statement about multiple rule changes Thursday. This is effectively changing it back to the way it was up until two years ago. None of the previous 11 collective bargaining agreements dating to 1966 has been overhauled in mid-agreement, except for limited areas defined by the sides when the deal was signed. I wonder if we will see more trades for minor leaguers - even veteran minor leaguers not on 40-man rosters - as a way to create organizational depth in case injury strikes in August.

Ordinarily, the sides would have started negotiations in March 2021.

"Teams have the right to know what the rules are before they start making decisions regarding what their teams are going to look like", Halem said.

The biggest change in 2019 will be the move to a single trade deadline, which will be on July 31. Previously, teams were able to acquire players that pass through waivers beyond that date and have them playoff eligible, as long as they were on the roster before the first day of September. The sides are discussing when trades can resume, with after the League Championship Series or after World Series among the possibilities. The agreement is subject to ratification by the 30 Clubs. The mound-visit limit, a somewhat controversial addition past year, will be reduced from six to five after a season where the new rule didn't prove to be much of an issue.

As for the All-Star game, fans will still vote online for the All-Star starters, but the top three vote-getters will have a one-day election for selection of players.

All-Star 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).

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Also in 2019, the Home Run Derby will come with $2.5 million in prize money, including a $1 million bounty for the victor. It is to issue its recommendations by December 15. Additionally, the prize money awarded to players on the winning All-Star team will be increased beginning with the 2019 All-Star Game. Although the union did not formally accede to the three-batter minimum per pitcher that MLB sought, it agreed not to challenge the league's plans to implement it in 2020.

Active roster limit will increase from 25 to 26 player.

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.

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. There still will be a seven-day concussion IL.

-Position players will be prohibited from pitching through the ninth inning unless the player's team is winning or losing by six or more runs when he takes the mound.

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