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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

MLB trade deadline moved to Aug. 31, teams can have 30 players on Opening Day roster in latest draft of league proposal

Here are some roster-related highlights of the proposal, which is subject to change before the season begins in late July.

* The trade deadline would move from July 31 to Aug. 31, representing the halfway point of the regular season.

* On Opening Day, teams would be able to carry up to 30 players on their active roster. On the 15th day of the season, the active roster limit would decrease to 28, and it further decrease to 26 players on the 29th day of the season. Teams would then have regular 26-man active rosters for the rest of the season and postseason.

* The transaction freeze that has been in place since March 26 would be lifted at noon on the fifth day prior to spring training, allowing teams to start tweaking their rosters.

* The deadline for players to become postseason-eligible would be Sept. 15 (meaning they would have to be in an organization on that date to qualify for postseason play).

* The number of active days required for Rule 5 players would be reduced proportionally to the number of days in the revised season.

* Three days before spring training, teams would submit a list designating the 60 players who will be part of their “player pool” of eligible participants in the season. That pool would include every 40-man roster and a series of non-roster players under contract. Not all of those players will be invited to major league spring training.

Here is the complete 2020 Operations Manual which spells out safety protocols and transaction rules.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2020 at 01:34 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: June 25, 2020 at 12:17 AM (#5959377)
I hadn't even really considered "trades" in the short season. What a covid mess that could turn into. But from a baseball perspective, a deadline trade can impact for half a season. What am I offered for a Kris Bryant? (You get him for whatever 2021 turns into too.)

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