MLB, MLBPA discussing major rules changes, reports say

first_imgThere is a context for the discussions between MLB and the MLBPA: Their relationship has been strained and the talks offer a glimmer that things have thawed, if even a bit. Still, with pitchers and catchers set to report next week and owners meeting this week, MLB’s free-agent market again is slow to develop, with even top players such as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remaining unsigned as spring training looms.There will be plenty to discuss beyond these rules changes as the game heads to its next CBA. Three-batter requirement for all pitchers, universal DH among proposals that could bring big changes to baseball. Latest for The Athletic: $— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 6, 2019The negotiations, unusual because they’re coming in the midst of a collective bargaining agreement, were confirmed by ESPN, which cited unidentified sources.Per ESPN: “Dueling proposals from MLB on Jan. 14 and the union on Friday covered a wide range of topics,” the most noteworthy among them include: Related News 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.According to The Athletic, the sides are talking about changes that would include bringing the designated hitter to the National League and a requirement that pitchers face a minimum of three batters. MLB hot stove: Yankees not expecting to add any more players before spring training, Aaron Boone sayscenter_img MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper drawing 8 teams’ interest, some think short-term deal — A three-batter minimum for pitchers— A universal designated hitter— A single trade deadline before the All-Star break— A 20-second pitch clockOther potential rules changes would affect roster size, the MLB Draft and two-sport stars who seek to sign major-league contracts (a clear nod to A’s signee and 2019 NFL Draft prospect Kyler Murray). The sides also could consider a study to lower the pitcher’s mound in an effort to help batters.The three-batter minimum, expanded rosters and adding the DH in the National League all affect jobs, the latter two offering a counterbalance to the first, which basically would eliminate, for example, the one-batter, left-handed relief specialist. last_img

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