MLB rumors: Major rule changes to DH, trade deadline, others being proposed

MLB rumors: Major rule changes to DH, trade deadline, others being proposed

One of the most notable rule changes would be a universal DH, meaning both the American and National Leagues would use the designated hitter.

As part of a January 14 proposal to the players' union on pace of play, baseball suggested a rule requiring pitchers to face a minimum of three batters, sources told The Athletic.

A 20-second pitch clock.


MLB and its players union are discussing major rules changes that, if implemented, would dramatically affect the game on the field and off it, according to multiple reports Tuesday. The sides also could consider a study to lower the pitcher's mound in an effort to help batters.

Those include a pitch clock, reduced mound visits and adopting the minor-league extra innings rule - in which a runner begins the 10th inning on second base - during spring training and the All-Star Game. Also on the list of rules under consideration is moving away from multiple trade deadlines - now there is a non-waiver deadline in July, plus the waivers-required date a month later.

Though the proposals remain in preliminary stages, and it is unclear which if any would be implemented in 2019 - the DH rule, for example, would nearly certainly have to be pushed to future seasons, because NL teams already have largely finalized their 2019 rosters - the talks represent a significant step for a sport that has seen rising acrimony between owners and players over the slow pace of the last two free agent markets.


A three-batter minimum would be created to reduce the number of game interruptions with mound visits and pitching changes, particularly later in a game. Owners and other high-ranking team officials at the meetings will be updated on the status of those talks during Friday's general session.

National League pitchers might want to hold onto their bats for a little longer. The union proposal also included lowering a team's draft position if they don't reach a certain win total over a number of seasons.


Related Articles

  • Tomljanovic in Thailand Open final for 4th try at 1st title

    On the court at the Australian Open in January Kyrgios told interviewers: 'It's when I'm with her that I am the happiest'. That's what Ukrainian tennis player Dayana Yastremska is taking home from the Thailand Open .
    Tobias Harris trade: Sixers acquire Clippers star for players, picks

    Tobias Harris trade: Sixers acquire Clippers star for players, picks

    This wasn't an Anthony Davis trade, but it still was a big deal that could change the balance of power in the Eastern Conference. The deal hasn't been announced by either side just yet but Harris essentially "confirmed" the reporting in an amusing way.
    Oil prices edge higher amid concerns over global economy

    Oil prices edge higher amid concerns over global economy

    The recent downswings in the crude oil market have been highly correlated with the release of the bearish economic data. West Texas Intermediate ( WTI ) crude futures were at $54.77 per barrel at 0223 GMT, up 21 cents or 0.4 percent.
  • Sala: Nantes launch legal bid to force Cardiff to pay £15m

    Sala: Nantes launch legal bid to force Cardiff to pay £15m

    A search team found wreckage of the plane on Sunday in the English Channel, but bodies have not been recovered or identified . A source at the Welsh club says the contract will be honoured but not before Cardiff have clarified " all the facts ".
    Password Reuse Remains a Barrier To Safer Internet Use

    Password Reuse Remains a Barrier To Safer Internet Use

    For those anxious that Google will be getting a copy of all of your usernames and passwords, Google's got some good news for you. If users have the Cross Account Protection implemented, they will be notified if a Google account has been compromised.
    Trump Sends Out Another Tweet on Border Wall

    Trump Sends Out Another Tweet on Border Wall

    As protocol dictates, the president will be flanked on one side by Pelosi, a California Democrat often disparaged by Republicans. Pelosi said there would not be any money for the border wall in the legislation being negotiated by a bipartisan committee.
  • Nancy Pelosi's Sarcastic Clap at SOTU Takes the Internet By Storm

    Nancy Pelosi's Sarcastic Clap at SOTU Takes the Internet By Storm

    Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a self-avowed democratic socialist , reacted sharply to Trump's declaration - and it was caught on camera. President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.
    Jeff Flake's Elevator Protester To Be AOC's SOTU Guest

    Jeff Flake's Elevator Protester To Be AOC's SOTU Guest

    Jeff Flake (R-AZ) in an elevator in an effort to dissuade him from voting for the confirmation of then-U.S. Ocasio-Cortez likens democratic socialism, which she subscribes to, to Scandinavian social democracy.
    Steam's Lunar New Year sale launches with hefty discounts and 'golden tokens'

    Steam's Lunar New Year sale launches with hefty discounts and 'golden tokens'

    Fortunately, yet another one of the platform's massive discount periods has arrived, in the form of the Lunar New Year sale . A separate local co-op category highlights Human Fall Flat ($7), Overcooked 2 ($19), and Helldivers ($10).
  • House Intelligence Committee Votes to Send Russia Transcripts to Mueller

    House Intelligence Committee Votes to Send Russia Transcripts to Mueller

    Mueller "will now have access to those transcripts for any goal that will facilitate justice", Schiff said. Democrats also opposed a Republican motion at the meeting Wednesday to subpoena several witnesses.
    Ex-CIA chief's biggest concern about Trump's 2nd Kim Jong Un meeting

    Ex-CIA chief's biggest concern about Trump's 2nd Kim Jong Un meeting

    Trump said he would meet the elusive young leader on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam , although he did not specify the venue. Commenters on one site said Kim could even take inspiration from the country's north and south reunifying after the war.
    Uncertainty about Messi does not affect Real Madrid’s `Clasico’ plans, Solari says

    Uncertainty about Messi does not affect Real Madrid’s `Clasico’ plans, Solari says

    Ousmane Dembele , who also trained after recovering from two weeks out with an ankle sprain, has not been named in the squad. Messi did not take part in full training on Monday, but returned to join his team-mates on Tuesday for their final session.