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PostPosted: January 24 19, 10:13 am 
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NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball has proposed going back to a 15-day disabled list and increasing the time optioned players usually must spend in the minor leagues, a source told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The moves are aimed at reducing the use of relief pitchers and reviving offense.

The minimum length of time an injured player spends on the disabled list was cut from 15 days to 10 in 2016 as part of baseball's new labor contract. As a result, DL placements rose from 563 in 2016 to 702 in 2017 and then again to 737 last year, the commissioner's office said.

Advanced analytics have shown team executives that starting pitchers are less successful the third time through the batting order. Increased DL and minor league option use has led to a strategy of teams rotating their middle relievers with their minor league affiliates in order to have more available pitchers each day. Teams even began using relievers as "openers" to start games last season, a trend sparked by the Tampa Bay Rays.

As part of the plan, a player optioned would have to spend at least 15 days in the minor leagues, up from 10. That limit has been waived when a player is recalled to replace someone going on the DL, gets suspended under the drug or domestic violence agreements, or goes on a paternity or bereavement list.


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PostPosted: January 24 19, 10:16 am 
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PostPosted: January 24 19, 10:23 am 
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Knew this was coming


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PostPosted: January 24 19, 10:41 am 
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Doubt the union agrees to it. I think we should have a 7 day DL.


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PostPosted: January 24 19, 12:06 pm 
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Nothing makes MLB more watchable than making starters put in a few extra innings to get shellacked the third and fourth time through the lineup.

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The moves are aimed at reducing the use of relief pitchers and reviving offense.


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PostPosted: January 24 19, 12:07 pm 
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Teams are probably going to encourage guys to play through injuries because of this.


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PostPosted: January 24 19, 12:17 pm 
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If they want to revive offense they should lift the ban on amphetamines.


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PostPosted: January 24 19, 2:26 pm 
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I'm actually fine with this. '10-day DL' has never felt right anyway, and teams seemed to be inventing reasons to DL guys for bullpen relief (not that they won't still, but it seemed to increase the last couple years).


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Teams are probably going to encourage guys to play through injuries because of this.

Was there a lot more of that when it was a 15 day DL? Given the abuse of the system is an open secret, I'm glad they're doing something about it.


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PostPosted: January 24 19, 4:23 pm 
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I think we're trying to fix things that don't need fixed. This is a non-issue, in my opinion. Just leave it alone.


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