The changes for the 2019 season won't be as drastic.
Inning breaks will be reduced from 2:05 to 2:00 in local games and 2:25 to 2:00 in national games.
Under the agreement, breaks between innings will be five seconds shorter this season and teams will be allowed only five visits to the mound each game instead of six.
Trade waivers will be eliminated, but the July 31 trade deadline will remain the same. No trades can occur after that date, but players can still be placed on waivers and claimed on outright waivers after that date.
-A joint management-union committee will study potential changes to the strike zone, the height of the mound and the distance from the mound to the plate.
Big changes are coming to the All-Star Game festivities. The prize pool for the winning team will also be increased.
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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.
Both the Home Run Derby and All-Star tweaks come in an attempt to generate more buzz about the competitions while also encouraging the game's biggest stars to participate. Players who clear outright waivers can still be claimed and will be eligible for the postseason if they are in the organization before September 1. In the past, contending teams could make "waiver" trades - in which a player must first pass through revocable waivers - by August 31, a method the Houston Astros used, most notably, in 2017 to acquire ace pitcher Justin Verlander. Major League Baseball is hoping, in particular, this will lead to creative social media campaigns that foster interest in the players and the game. The top three voter-getters at each position will receive bonuses of $2,500 to $15,000, which will not count against a team's luxury-tax payroll.
These new rules include a change to the size of active rosters from 25 to 26, with September rosters dropping from 40 to 28 players.
The teams asked Major League Baseball officials why the Indians were allowed to make the move for a player who was injured at the time, only to place him on the disabled list and then active him for the final few weeks of the regular season and postseason. A team can carry a maximum of 13 pitchers on its 26-man roster. Each player who is not a pitcher must be designated a position before his first day on the active roster.
Players designated as a "Two-Way Player". The union agreed not to fight new rules that make a reliever face at least three batters or end an inning next year, while owners agreed not to try and implement a pitching clock until 2022 at the earliest. 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).
- Pitchers will have to serve a 15- rather than 10-day Injured List period as a way to try to further thwart roster manipulation.