Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

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

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

The pace-of-play tweaks are huge this year, but they're worth noting: Between inning breaks will decrease from 2:05 to 2:00 for local games and 2:25 to 2:00 in national games.

OK, now that baseball is about to abolish August trades, raise your hand if you understood how teams made those infamous waiver deals of yesteryear.

-Fan voting for the All-Star Game will be divided into two rounds, with the top three vote-getters advancing for all positions except the outfield, for which six will move on.

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

As Passan details, the All-Star Game selection process will also be getting a facelift in 2019.

- A joint management-union committee will study effects of potential changes to the strike zone, the height of the mound and the distance from the mound to the plate.


In 2019, the sport will operate with July 31 as its lone trade deadline. This year will also see a change in voting for the All-Star Game. The victor of the Home Run Derby 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.

Major League Baseball on Thursday announced a series of new rule changes that might end up having a pretty profound impact on the sport moving forward, including a rule that will put even more emphasis on the July 31 trade deadline and All-Star voting. The player would continue to get major league service if he had been on the roster continuously since June 1 and losing the service time would deprive him of salary arbitration or free agent eligibility that off-season, but those with split contracts would not receive major league salary. Teams will be allowed to carry 27 players during a doubleheader. This eliminates the craziness of September roster expansion to as many as 40 when teams often were playing with unequal amounts of players and the volume of relievers went up. All clubs will be required to carry 28 players on the active roster as of September 1. Teams must designate each of its players as either a pitcher or a position player prior to each player's first day on the active roster for a given season. That designation will remain in effect for the player, and can not change, for the remainder of the championship season and Postseason.

Players designated as a "Two-Way Player".

-All pitchers must face at least three batters or end a half-inning, unless injured. The joint announcement only says the MLBPA "will not grieve or otherwise challenge" the rule change in 2020. And the other change there in 2020 is that it will be a 15-day injured list and not a 10-day injured list.

Passan added in his report that Major League Baseball and the MLBPA will begin discussing labor issues soon that will focus on "the game's most fundamental economic tenets". As part of the recent agreement, both the league and the Union have already agreed to "imminently" begin discussing the labor issues that have been thrust to the forefront of the industry despite the fact that the current collective bargaining agreement doesn't expire until 2021.

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