Major League Baseball players, owners to start labor talks 2 years early

Major League Baseball players, owners to start labor talks 2 years early

However, there will be noticeable alterations to the game, starting on opening day this season, which is just two weeks away.

The July 31 trade deadline is officially the be-all and end-all of trade season. 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 two sides have also agreed to eliminate the August 31 waiver deadline in 2019 and expand rosters to 26 in 2020. Twenty years ago, Major League Baseball pitchers notched 266 complete games; last year's total was an all-time low at 42 games.

Teams will be limited to five mound visits per game, down from six last season. This year, however, the Phillies will not be able to do either to the extent they did last season. Other executions that may be deployed to keep the ad dollars flowing under a shorter break structure include on-screen bugs, booth reads and special premiums.

For games televised locally, mid-inning breaks will be reduced from 2:05 to 2:00. Commissioner Rob Manfred reserves the right to cut breaks to 1:55 for local and national games in 2020. The allotted time between innings will not be very noticeable for local games, but it'll be decreased by 25 seconds for national games beginning in 2019.

MLB could have also put a pitch clock into effect, but that change has been tabled as part of the deal between the league and union. It will start with voting.

The selection process will now include fans being permitted to cast votes online, and the top three players at each position will then be included in a newly implemented All-Star "Election Day".

And there are several Major League Baseball rule changes to the payout structure for players in the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby to help incentivize the players.

It will culminate in an All-Star week that includes a Home Run Derby with $2.5 million in prize money, including $1 million for the victor, according to sources. Similarly, the minimum period that optioned pitchers must remain in the minors will increase from 10 to 15 days. Teams have taken far too many liberties the past couple of seasons with the 10-day DL in place.

For pitchers, the minimum placement period on the injured list will increase from 10 to 15 days.

The three-batter minimum, perhaps the most controversial measure expected to be implemented, was not formally agreed to by the union, but ESPN's Jeff Passan says the players do not plan to challenge it.

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. There will be no non-waiver deals after August 1, like the one that sent Justin Verlander to the Astros in 2017 and Andrew McCutchen to the Yankees last season.

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.

Related Articles

  • Next chapter in Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer rivalry will have to wait

    Next chapter in Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer rivalry will have to wait

    Nadal and Federer, who have 37 Grand Slam titles between them, have not played each another since 2017. Sky Sport pundit Luca Boschetto is confident that Roger Federer will go all the way in Indian Wells.
    Meghan Markle possibly starting maternity leave

    Meghan Markle possibly starting maternity leave

    However, there was no concrete confirmation or statement the official Suits star has started her maternity leave. Today, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially separated themselves from Prince William and Kate Middleton .
    Nancy Pelosi Boots Mike Pence From His House Office

    Nancy Pelosi Boots Mike Pence From His House Office

    Among the policies pushed by the left-wing of the Democratic Party is the "Green New Deal", put forward by Rep. Republicans gave Pence , who serves as president of the Senate, an additional first-floor office in the U.S.
  • Saints signing former Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown

    Saints signing former Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown

    With all that, the Saints were in the market for a defensive tackle, and now have one in Brown. The 6-foot-2, 320-pound Brown could be a replacement for nose tackle Tyeler Davison .
    Tesla Model Y: new electric mid-size SUV revealed

    Tesla Model Y: new electric mid-size SUV revealed

    Musk said that the company got a bit carried away with the Model X , creating something like "a Faberge egg meets a space ship". In another year or two when the Model Y arrives, shoppers-even those who prefer Tesla-will likely have many more choices.
    Bears Sign Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to One-Year Deal

    Bears Sign Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to One-Year Deal

    Chicago quickly filled the hole left by the departed Callahan with veteran Buster Skrine , most recently of the Jets. Clinton-Dix adds to one of the most-dominant defenses in the league last season.
  • Fitzpatrick agrees to deal with Dolphins

    Fitzpatrick agrees to deal with Dolphins

    They're still in the market this off-season for help on the offensive and defensive lines and at cornerback. The 36-year-old Fitzpatrick has a 50-75-1 record as a starter for seven National Football League teams.
    Israel Strikes Gaza Terror Sites after Rockets Fired at Tel Aviv

    Israel Strikes Gaza Terror Sites after Rockets Fired at Tel Aviv

    Hamdi, 22, who works in a bakery in Gaza, said "since the morning very few people have come compared to normal Friday mornings". Islamic Jihad, another Iranian-backed terror group in Gaza with a large rocket arsenal, also denied firing the rockets.
    Opportunity's last gift from Mars is a handsome  panorama

    Opportunity's last gift from Mars is a handsome panorama

    Helpfully, the image is annotated with other geologic details to give you a better sense of what you're looking at. After more than 1,000 attempts to reconnect, the space administration last month conceded it was not coming back .
  • Judge orders suspected New Zealand mosque shooter's face blurred in photos

    Judge orders suspected New Zealand mosque shooter's face blurred in photos

    Medical staff said 39 wounded people were being treated in hospitals, 11 in critical condition including a four-year-old girl. Other world leaders are joining Ardern in condemning the attacks and offering their condolences to the victims' families.
    Golden Tate: Giants 'Not As Far Off As People Think'

    Golden Tate: Giants 'Not As Far Off As People Think'

    When the regular season begins, Tate will be 31, seven years younger than his new team's starting quarterback. Tate had his best season in 2019 when he hauled in 99 receptions for 1,331 receiving yards.
    Play DEAD OR ALIVE 6 for Free With the Core Fighters Edition

    Play DEAD OR ALIVE 6 for Free With the Core Fighters Edition

    There's your basic arcade mode, quest mode, a well-featured training mode to practice your inputs with and full online play. As of right now, Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters lets you play as Kasumi, Hitomi, Diego, and Bass.