Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players' Association exchanged proposals in January for possible rule changes that could create several new wrinkles to the game.
The rules of the DL - which has gone through different incarnations since its institution in 1966 and today includes a 10-day version for short-term injuries and a 60-day version for more severe ailments - will remain the same, the source said. And they're fairly massive.
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.
Additionally, perhaps there's now more incentive to sign marginal free agents over the winter so as not to leave that depth 'til the end of the summer.
Among the proposed changes, the union requested a universal designated hitter be implemented ahead of the 2019 season, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
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A 20-second pitch clock.
There's also a proposed change that appears to be in direct response to Kyler Murray's situation.
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Some of these changes would be significant and the fact that the two sides are seriously discussing them means they could come into play in the near future, although there's indications they are unlikely to be in place for 2019.