The MLB announces many rule changes for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, including a single deadline for trade, an expanded list and more.


A single deadline for exchanges on July 31, as well as a day of election of the star game will be set up in 2019, while the composition of the team will increase in 2020 as part of of an important agreement between the MLB and MLB Players Association, confirmed the MLB in a statement on the multiple rule changes Thursday. Jeff Passan of ESPN posted the changes for the first time Wednesday night.

The MLB and MLBPA spent last winter negotiating rule changes, while labor relations tended after a second consecutive market of free agents.

Here are the changes that will come into effect for the 2019 season:

  • Sleeve breaks: Subject to discussions with broadcast partners, the breaks for the rounds will be reduced from 2:05 to 14:00 in local matches and from 14:25 to 14:00 in national games. (The Commissioner's Office reserves the right to reduce the stroke time to 1:55 in local and national matches for the 2020 season).
  • Mound tours: The maximum number of mounds per team will be reduced from six to five.
  • Deadline for transactions: The deadline for exchanges will remain on July 31; however, trade waivers will be eliminated. Players may be placed and claimed duty-free after July 31, but can not be redeemed after that date.
  • Joint Committee: MLB and MLBPA will form a joint committee to study other potential changes.
  • Star game:
    • The vote of the fans of the match of the stars will take place in two turns. During the "primary round", each club will name one player per eligible position (three players), which will be voted by the fans. At the end of June or the beginning of July, there will be a "polling day" during which the first three winners of votes at each position in each league during the main round (including the top nine among the best) will be voted by the supporters for a prescribed period. period to determine the starters of the game of stars. Further details on the new fan voting format will be announced in April.
    • Star bonuses will be awarded to the first three voting winners at each position in each league in the first round (the top six for the championships). In addition, the prizes awarded to players in the winning star team will be increased from the 2019 All-Star Game.
    • Both clubs start the 10th round of the All-Star Game and each subsequent round with a runner on second base (substitutions allowed for the runners).
    • Home Run Derby: The total amount of player winnings for the Home Run Derby will be increased to $ 2.5 million. The winner of the Home Run Derby will receive $ 1 million.

The only deadline for July 31 transactions means that there will be much more stock. MLBPA hopes that the only deadline will also encourage teams to be more aggressive in the off-season, knowing that trading in August is no longer an option. The day of the election of the All-Star Game will be an opportunity for the MLB to market its players. Fans will vote online for Star Starters, and the first three winners will participate in a one – day election. (More details on the two-step voting process here.)

Here are the changes for 2020:

  • Active Directory Arrangements:
    • The active membership limit from the opening day to August 31 and in the post-season will increase from 25 to 26, and the minimum number of active players will increase from 24 to 25. The current rules of the Major League allow the addition of a 26th player for two-headed players will be changed. to allow a 27th player.
    • Elimination of the list of active members of 40 people in September. From September 1st to the end of the championship season, all clubs must have 28 players on the list.
    • The number of throwers that a club can keep on the active list will be limited to a number determined by the joint committee. Clubs must designate each of their players as a pitcher or a position player before the first day of each player on the list of active players for a given season. This designation will remain in effect for the player and can not be changed for the remainder of the championship season and the post-season. No player on the active player list, except those designated as throwers by the Club, may participate in a championship season or post-season game as a pitcher, except in the following cases :
      • Players designated as "two-way players". A player may be qualified as a "two-player player" only if he has accumulated at least 20 major league games and at least 20 major league games played as a designated position player or batter (with at least three appearances at the plate in each of these parts). in the current championship season or in the previous season;
      • After the ninth inning of an extra-sleeve match; or
      • In any game in which his team loses or gains more than six points when the player enters as a pitcher.
  • Minimum number of drummers for pitchers: OCOL will apply a modified Official Baseball Official Rule 5.10 (g), which states that starting pitters and pitchers must throw at least three batters or end in the half-run (with an exception for injury or incapacitating illness). The Players' Association has agreed not to grieve or otherwise contest the Commissioner's application of Rule 5.10 (g) as amended.
  • List of casualties and option period for launchers: Subject to the comments of the Joint Committee, the minimum placement period for launchers on the list of casualties will be increased from 10 to 15 days and the minimum period of pitcher assignment optionally allocated to minors will be increased from 10 to 15 days.

Passan added in his report that MLB and MLBPA will soon begin discussions on labor issues that will focus on "the most basic economic principles of gambling". The current collective agreement between MLB and MLBPA expires on December 1, 2021.