MLB, MLBPA Agree To Single Trade Deadline Starting In 2019

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That change will go into effect for the 2019 season, and beginning in 2020, the standard roster size will expand from 25 to 26 (with a 13-pitcher maximum). In the case of mound visits, which were capped for the first time previous year at six, this will continue to force decisions about the wisdom of early-game trips to the mound.

All-Star Game: Another previously reported wrinkle, All-Star Game fan voting will now be done in two rounds.

For more info check out the Major League Baseball press release.

The precise manner in which the singular trade deadline will impact action on the summer trade market won't be known for certain until we have multiple seasons of data, but from a distance it figures to heighten July trade activity.

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). This is another attempt to prevent the slowing of games with pitching changes during half innings.

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.

Nevertheless, the agreement jointly announced by the sides Thursday promises dramatic alterations to the game when implemented in 2019 and '20.

Joint Committee: MLB and the MLBPA will form a joint committee to study other potential changes. The total prize money for the Home Run Derby will increase to $2.5 million and the victor will get $1 million.

Extra innings in the All-Star Game will begin with a runner on second, perhaps a step toward introducing that for future regular seasons.

The victor of the annual event will take home $1 million beginning this season. The All-Star Game Election Day will be a chance for Major League Baseball to market its players.

Elimination of 40-man active roster limit in September.

While commissioner Rob Manfred has staunchly dismissed suggestions that a significant portion of the league is no longer attempting to win, players and Union officials have decried widespread tanking/rebuilding efforts that have created decreasing levels of parity and discouraged teams from venturing into free agency amid record MLB revenues.

Starting pitchers and relief pitchers must either face a minimum of three batters of finish the current inning. A joint committee will determine the limit of pitchers, and if there is no agreement the limit will be 13 (14 from September 1 through the end of the regular season). That designation will remain in effect for the player, and can not change, for the remainder of the championship season and Postseason. Teams will be required to designate players as a pitcher or position player before each player's first day on the active roster.

Teams must designate before each game whether a player will be used as a pitcher or position player before each game. 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.

The disabled list for pitchers has been increased from 10 to 15 days.

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