BRADENTON, Fla., -- Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced a series of rule changes Thursday that will be implemented over this season and next. Additionally, changes were announced for All-Star game voting, rules, and compensation, beginning this season.
The rules going into effect this season:
• The Aug. 31 trade deadline has been eliminated and July 31 will be the universal deadline. Players may still be placed on outright waivers and claimed by other teams after July 31, but can not be traded.