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

The National League Is Definitely Getting The DH Soon

Major League Baseball and the players' association continue to discuss possible amendments to the usage of the list itself, as a number of teams have been accused of using a shorter DL - it was changed from 15 days to 10 days in 2017 - to manipulate their rosters, sources told ESPN. A 20-second pitch clock would be great for making the game move a lot faster.

A single trade deadline before the all-star break, to replace the traditional July 31 deadline and the August 31 waiver-trade deadline.

Among the proposals to be considered, per multiple reports, are a universal designated hitter - now only American League teams employ a DH, with National League teams adapting to that lineup configuration when visiting an AL ballpark - a 20-second pitch clock and expanding rosters to 26.

Last month, Major League Baseball made a proposal to the players union suggesting a rule that required pitchers to face a minimum of three batters, reports The Athletic. Under the plan, the National League would adopt the DH for the 2019 season.

Many of MLB's proposals were designed for the objective of speeding up the game, one of Manfred's top priorities.

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Many of these rule changes, such as the universal DH and the three-batter minimum for pitchers, are to promote offense, while the single trade deadline and expansion of rosters should help to increase fairness within the game-picking up additional pieces just before the home stretch in August, like Justin Verlander, will no longer be tolerated.

The request was partly a response to one from the league to impose a three-batter minimum for pitchers, which would effectively eliminate left-handed specialists. Owners and other high-ranking team officials at the meetings will be updated on the status of those talks during Friday's general session.

The union's proposals reportedly would give improved draft position to high-performing, lower-revenue teams while penalizing teams that repeatedly lose a large number of games.

"I've never been an advocate of the DH", Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. told The Post on Thursday, citing the strategy involved with a pitcher in the lineup, "but I do think we need to make some changes to get more action in the game".

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