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The universal DH makes a lot of sense here, as the National League is now at a massive disadvantage when it comes to luring older free agent hitters that can still swing it but can no longer play the field.

Amid rising tensions between Major League Baseball and the MLB Player's Association, the two sides have been meeting about some major rule changes that could fundamentally alter many aspects of baseball as we know it.

A 20-second pitch clock, a timesaving device Manfred has espoused for more than a year now.

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Most of the rule changes listed in Jeff Passan's tweet above were ones proposed by the league, while the Players Association countered with ideas of there own on Friday. A batter-minimum for pitchers also could speed up the game by eliminating a few pitching changes and trips to the mound in the later innings.

A single trade deadline before the All-Star break.

A rule that would permit two-sport athletes, such as Kyler Murray, to sign major league contracts as enticement to play baseball.

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Many of MLB's proposals were designed for the goal of speeding up the game, one of Manfred's top priorities.

A three-batter minimum would be created to reduce the number of game interruptions with mound visits and pitching changes, particularly later in a game.

National League pitchers might want to hold onto their bats for a little longer. However, the three-batter minimum and 12-pitcher maximum would make left-handed specialists in the bullpen harder to keep on the roster. The union proposal also included lowering a team's draft position if they don't reach a certain win total over a number of seasons. Some NL owners, however, have resisted the change, and it remains unclear how much support there would be for a rule change - despite the fact pitchers batted just.115 with a.292 OPS in 2018, both all-time lows.

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