The new rule is part of a package of changes announced by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association on Thursday. In a few months, you'll carve out three hours for a game that will be decided by these rule changes, if only indirectly. Last year, Josh Donaldson, Daniel Murphy, Andrew McCutchen, David Freese, Gio Gonzalez, Fernando Rodney, Mike Fiers, Justin Bour and Ryan Madson were among the notable players traded after July 31 after passing through waivers. The switch to a single July deadline means that late-season salary dumps or big August additions will no longer be allowed.
The switch marks one of six rules changes the Major League Baseball and players' union will adopt this season.
Major League Baseball is hoping a single deadline will help incentivize teams to be more aggressive in the offseason knowing that trades in August are no longer an option. The minimum number of active players will increase from 24 to 25.
The maximum number of mound visits will drop from six-to-five.
All-Star Game 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). The victor of the Home Run Derby will receive $1 million.
~ Expanded September rosters can include a maximum of 28 players and 14 pitchers at the most in 2020.
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In the new MLB-MLBPA deal, the victor of the Home Run Derby will receive $1 million, as part of a $2.5 million purse to be split among competitors. Doubleheaders will allow a 27th roster member.
The minimum stay on the Injured List will be increased from 10 to 15 days and the minimum assignment period of pitchers to the minor league will also increase from 10 to 15 days.
The amount of pitchers allowed on a single roster will be capped, though the number has yet to be determined. That designation will remain in effect for the player, and can not change, for the remainder of the championship season and Postseason.
~ A pitcher also must face a three-batter minimum in 2020.
"The idea, first proposed by the union, is to protect the competitive integrity of the 162-game regular season, create more certainty for players and force teams to decide earlier whether they are buyers or sellers", Ken Rosenthal wrote in The Athletic. 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).
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the US and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. The current CBA is set to expire at the end of 2021.