MLB, MLBPA Agree To Single Trade Deadline Starting In 2019

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

In the case of mound visits, which were capped for the first time a year ago at six, this will continue to force decisions about the wisdom of early-game trips to the mound. 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.

- The trade deadline is now July 31 - period.

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).

The changes could be implemented in 2019 if the two sides announce an agreement as soon as Thursday.

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.

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

If the All-Star Game goes to extra innings, each half inning will begin with a runner on second base. The single trade deadline will fall on July 31, which has always been the usual non-waiver trade deadline. The victor of the Home Run Derby will receive $1 million.

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.

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. What had been a 26th player for certain day-night doubleheaders through August 31 will become a 27th player in those situations. First, the "Primary Round" will have the team nominate one player per eligible position. From September 1st through the end of the championship season, all Clubs must carry 28 players on the active roster. 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. 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.

The number of pitchers each team during the championship season or postseason may carry will be capped by a joint committee from Major League Baseball and the Players Association. That might be the more notable change since teams could previously use up to 40 players in a given September game.

Injured List and Option Period for Pitchers: Subject to input from the joint committee, the minimum placement period for pitchers on the Injured List shall increase from 10 days to 15 days, and the minimum assignment period of pitchers who are optionally assigned to the minors will increase from 10 days to 15 days.

Arguably most importantly, the Major League Baseball and the PA will begin discussing labor issues far before the current collective bargaining agreement expires in December 2021, according to the agreement.

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