Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced in a radio interview this week he will make a decision on Pete Rose's reinstatement later this year.
Manfred also has reached out to the Hit King for a meeting.
This is the first time he has released a timeline after Rose applied for reinstatement in March.
"We are in the process of finalizing our review of the files," Manfred said Wednesday on WTEM radio. "We had a conversation about scheduling a meeting with Mr. Rose. After that meeting, I will give Mr. Rose a decision that will happen before the end of this year."
Rose was slapped with a lifetime baseball ban in 1989 for gambling on the game as a manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
Earlier this year, ESPN revealed records it claimed proved Rose also bet on baseball when he was a player.