Commissioner Bud Selig expects expanded instant replay to be in place for the 2014 season after owners approved funding for the system Thursday at their quarterly meetings.
Details for the final system continue to be negotiated with the players’ and umpires’ unions, which must give their blessing. Talks with each side have been productive, and final approval should be given by the next round of owners meetings in January.
“We made a gigantic move today, and I’m very pleased about that,” Selig said. “I think we’re quite far along. The bottom line is we’re moving forward on replay. Unless there’s something I’m missing right now, we’re going to have replay in 2014.”
Managers will be given no more than two challenges to use throughout each game. A manager simply will ask the umpires for a review, and another umpire at a central location at MLB headquarters in New York will look at the video and relay his judgment via a headset that will be brought to an ump on the field.
The off-site umps will be current umpires, former umpires or umpires with extensive experience. They will look at videos beyond what television cameras capture.
Balls and strikes, checked swings and foul tips won’t be reviewable, but just about all other calls are in play.
Still to be negotiated are changes to the rulebook that must be made to accommodate replay. Those include, among other things, ways to try to manage the pace of the game and to keep teams from delaying games to get a look at a TV replay before deciding to challenge.
“We have thought extensively about that, and there are a series of rules that are out there for consideration to deal with that issue,” said Rob Manfred, baseball’s chief operating officer.
The Texas Rangers and Adam Rosales agreed to a one-year, $750,000 deal, avoiding salary arbitration and giving the club depth in the infield.
Rosales’ highlight in 2013 was being placed on waivers four times in 34 days, three times by Oakland and once by the Rangers. He batted only .190.
He is the fourth infielder on the roster behind shortstop Elvis Andrus, second baseman Ian Kinsler and utility player Jurickson Profar. One of those three is expected to be traded this off-season.
Rosales, 30, can play all four infield positions and has also played the outfield in his career.
The Rangers signed left-hander Aaron Poreda and outfielder Brad Snyder, both former first-round picks, to minor-league deals with invitations to big-league spring training.
Poreda (25th overall, 2007) missed last season after having Tommy John surgery. Snyder (18th overall, 2003) batted .311 with 12 homers and 60 RBIs for Triple A Reno in the Arizona organization.