Manfred added that expanding the DH-which was suggested by players in response to the league's said desire to speed up games-will have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is now slated to take place before the 2022 season.
"We want players signed, particularly star players".
While he has the right to implement the clock without players' approval, Manfred has been reluctant to make on-field changes without players' agreement.The league suggested the three-batter minimum to the union more recently.
The union hopes that an earlier trade deadline, and only one deadline as opposed to the July 31 non-waiver deadline and the August 31 deadline in which players must first clear waivers, would motivate teams to be more aggressive in free agency and emphasize the first half of the season.
"Usually when we confront businesses or any other big organization, we get pushback. I'm really hopeful that it's going to get resolved during that period of time".
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.
"Repeated pitching changes obviously take a lot of time", Manfred said Friday.
Major League Baseball has proposed that a team not be allowed to bring in a reliever until the previous pitcher has faced three batters or an inning ends.
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