MLB Switches to Single Non-Waiver Trade Deadline for July 31

The precise manner in which the singular trade deadline will impact action on the summer trade market won't be known for certain until we have multiple seasons of data, but from a distance it figures to heighten July trade activity. The bargaining over distribution of revenue could be the most hard gap to bridge, with teams clearly paring back spending on aging players while players chafe at the notion that those 30 and older are no longer worthy of the deals they received in the past.

In 2018, 48 trades were made in July before the non-waiver deadline compared to 24 made in August ahead of the old deadline for setting postseason rosters.

They're also giving pitchers a three-batter minimum, roster expansion and a firm trade deadline of July 31, all of which will start in 2020.

Major League Baseball and the MLBPA have agreed to a deal with some notable changes coming in the near future according to ESPN.

Other changes coming this season included shorter broadcast breaks between innings, the reduction of mound visits from six to five and a few alterations to the All-Star Game.

Voting for the MLB All-Star Game will now happen on one day, in what the two sides are describing as an "Election Day". An "Election Day" will then occur with the top three vote-getters at each position (nine for outfielders) from each League where fans vote on the All-Star Game starters.

All-Star fan voting will now be conducted in two rounds, with teams nominating one player per position in the first round (three outfielders per team). "Fans want to show up and pay money to watch two teams that are good and have the best players in the game".

-Position players will be prohibited from pitching through the ninth inning unless the player's team is winning or losing by six or more runs when he takes the mound.

Also in 2019, the Home Run Derby will come with $2.5 million in prize money, including a $1 million bounty for the victor.

Major League Baseball has been focusing in on quickening the pace of play with many of these changes for years - the point of the three-batter minimum, for example, is to cut down on time spent making pitching changes - to keep fans' attention and foster engagement. It's the provision that the sides will begin discussing labor issues imminently, far earlier than they typically would with a CBA that doesn't expire until December 2021. It's with that understanding, Manfred agreed to not implement a pitch timer for the remainder of the current agreement.

Joint Committee: MLB and the MLBPA will form a joint committee to study other potential changes. Another change will see regular season rosters expand from 25 to 26 players, with the September maximum of 40 reduced to 28. Clubs can add a 27th player for doubleheaders.

The number of pitchers allowed on a roster will also be capped at a number still to be determined by joint committee formed by Major League Baseball and the MLBPA.

The amount of days pitchers must spend on the Injured List increases from 10 for 15 days as does the minimum assignment period of pitchers optioned to the minors. From 2020, starting pitchers and relief pitchers must pitch to either a minimum of three batters or to the end of a half inning.

Vanessa Coleman