Single trade deadline among Major League Baseball rule changes

Major League Baseball has unveiled a sweeping set of rule changes to be implemented in 2019 and 2020

Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora makes a pitching change against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium.

Time between innings will be cut from 2:05 to 2:00 for local games and 2:25 to 2:00 for national games.

Mound visits will be reduced from six to five per inning. Trade waivers have been eliminated, meaning the end of post-July 31 waiver trades.

Additionally, there will be only one trade deadline on July 31.

Joint Committee: MLB and the MLBPA will form a joint committee to study other potential changes.

Meanwhile, the annual MLB All-Star Game will now have voting conducted over two rounds. The fans then can vote on position players.

The two sides are also nearing an agreement on an All-Star Game Election Day. Further details will be announced in April.

The three players in each position who got the most votes will receive an All-Star bonus.

If the All-Star Game goes to extra innings, each half inning will begin with a runner on second base.

Those debates are expected to be more complicated and contentious than smaller issues like relief pitchers and inning breaks.

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Prize money for the Home Run Derby will be increased to $2.5 million The victor will receive $1 million. The victor of the Home Run Derby will receive $1 million. The switch to a single July deadline means that late-season salary dumps or big August additions will no longer be allowed.

Most notably is Major League Baseball doing away with an August waiver trade deadline.

Prize money for the players on the winning All-Star team will be increased. Fans will vote online for All-Star starters, and the top three vote-getters will take part in a one-day election.

The active roster limit from opening day until August 31 will increase from 25 players to 26. Doubleheaders will allow a 27th roster member.

It does seem like the September roster decrease is a little pointless with the three batter rule for pitchers but that's its own debate. Rosters will increase from 25 to 26 players and there will be a maximum number of pitchers allowed.

Every player will have to be labeled as a position player or pitcher. That designation will remain in effect for the player and can not change for the rest of the championship season and postseason.

Players designated as a "Two-Way Player". The Players Association has agreed that it will not grieve or otherwise challenge the Office of the Commissioner's implementation of the amended Rule 5.10 (g).

The minimum period a pitcher can be placed on the injury list extends from 10 days to 15.

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".

One huge discussion that has been controversial in the league was the use of a pitching clock, but that idea has been put on the back burner for the remainder of this Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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