Major League Baseball is proposing new rule changes.
According to Ronald Blum of The Associated Press, the league wants to return to a 15-day disabled list and increase the time optioned players must spend in the minor leagues.
The purpose of these changes would be to reduce the use of relief pitchers and revive offense.
The current minimum DL-stint is 10 days, which was agreed upon in 2016 as part of the new labor contract between MLB and the players' association.
Since that was implemented, the number of players placed on the DL have risen each year from 563 in 2016 to 702 in 2017 and 737 in 2018.
In turn, teams have used minor-league options more often and are adding more middle relievers to their bullpen.
Under MLB's proposed plan, which was told to The AP on the condition of anonymity because it is not public yet, a player optioned would have to spend at least 15 days in the minors before being recalled, an increase from 10 days. That limit has been waived when a player is recalled to replace someone going on the DL, gets suspended under drug or domestic violence agreements, or goes on paternity or bereavement leave.
The proposal by MLB was given the the players' association as part of a wider plan which also includes a proposal from last offseason to institute pitch clocks.
Any proposal submitted by the league must be approved by the players' association.
The union resisted changes to implement a pitch clock in 2017 and 2018 and instead compromised on a general limit of six mound vists per nine-inning game without a pitching change.
Talks regarding the new proposals are ongoing and could possibly extend beyond the eve of Spring Training.