Cubs 40-Man Roster


Roster Rules & Procedures


LAST UPDATED: 7-24-2016

Cubs MLB Reserve List ("40-Man Roster")

40 players (roster is full), plus three players are on 60-day DL

MLB Service Time goes by the format of Years+Days, meaning 2+155 is equal to 2 years plus 155 days.

Although an MLB regular season ("championship season") is actually 183 days in length, 172 days constitutes a full MLB regular season when calculating MLB Service Time, and a player cannot get credit for more than 172 days of MLB Service Time in any one season.

Last NameFirst NameDate of Birth (MM-DD-YYYY)Bats/ThrowsHGT/WGTMLB Service Time (thru 2015)Minor League Options Left (2016)Current Roster Status2017 Contract Status
PITCHERS(23+1)
AcevedoAndury08-23-1990R/R6'4 235 0+0003OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
AlvarezR. J. 06-08-1991R/R6'2 2250+0912OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
ArrietaJake03-06-1986R/R6'4 225 4+1451 see Notes 3+5ACTIVEARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
BeelerDallas06-12-1989R/R6'5 2100+050115-DAY DLAUTO-RENEWAL
BrooksAaron04-27-1990R/R6'4 2200+070115-DAY DLAUTO-RENEWAL
CahillTrevor03-01-1988R/R6'4 2406+0982 see Notes 3+515-DAY DLFREE-AGENT
ConcepcionGerardo02-29-1992L/L6'2 2000+0002 see Note 5OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Edwards JrCarl09-03-1991R/R6'3 1700+0282ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
GrimmJustin08-16-1988R/R6'3 2102+1701 see Notes 3+5ACTIVEARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
HammelJason09-02-1982R/R6 6 2258+1530 see Note 5ACTIVEAUTO-VESTING or CLUB OPTION (TBD)
HendricksKyle12-07-1989R/R6'3 1901+0813ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
JohnsonPierce05-10-1991R/R6'3 2000+0003OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
LackeyJohn10-22-1978R/R6'6 22513+0952 see Notes 3+5ACTIVESIGNED
LesterJon01-07-1984L/L6'4 2409+0751 see Notes 3+5+8ACTIVESIGNED
MontgomeryMike07-01-1989L/L6'5 2150+0890ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
NathanJoe11-22-1974R/R6'4 23014+1200 see Note 5ACTIVECLUB OPTION
PattonSpencer02-20-1988R/R6'1 2000+1062OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RichardClayton09-12-1983L/L6'5 2455+1633 see Notes 3+5ACTIVEFREE-AGENT
RondonHector02-26-1988R/R6'3 1803+0000 see Note 5ACTIVEARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
RosscupZac06-09-1988L/L6'2 2051+105160-DAY DLAUTO-RENEWAL
SotoGiovanni05-18-1991L/L6'2 2100+0313OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
StropPedro06-13-1985R/R6'1 220 4+1560 see Note 5ACTIVEARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
WarrenAdam08-25-1987R/R6'1 2253+0362 see Notes 3+5OPTIONEDARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
WoodTravis02-06-1987R/L5'11 1755+0040 see Note 5ACTIVEFREE-AGENT
CATCHERS(3+1)
ContrerasWillson05-13-1992R/R6'1 1750+0003 ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
MonteroMiguel07-09-1983L/R5'11 2109+0312 see Notes 3+5ACTIVESIGNED
RossDavid03-19-1977R/R6'2 23013+0010 see Note 5ACTIVEFREE-AGENT
SchwarberKyle03-05-1993L/R6'0 2350+086260-DAY DLAUTO-RENEWAL
INFIELDERS(8+1)
BaezJavy12-01-1992R/R6'0 1900+0892ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
BryantKris01-04-1992R/R6'5 2150+1713ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
CandelarioJeimer11-24-1993B/R6'1 2100+0003OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
KawasakiMunenori06-03-1981L/R5'11 1752+1381 see Notes 3+4+5OPTIONEDFREE-AGENT
LaStellaTommy01-31-1989L/R5'11 1901+1243ACTIVEARBITRATION ELIGIBLE ("Super Two") or AUTO-RENEWAL (TBD)
RizzoAnthony08-08-1989L/L6'3 2403+1681 see Notes 3+5ACTIVESIGNED
RussellAddison01-23-1994R/R6'0 2000+1673ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
VillanuevaChristian06-18-1991R/R5'11 2100+000060-DAY DLAUTO-RENEWAL
ZobristBen05-26-1981B/R6'3 2108+1341 see Notes 3+5+8ACTIVESIGNED
OUTFIELDERS (6)
Almora JrAlbert04-16-1994R/R6'2 1900+0003OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
CoghlanChris06-18-1985R/R6'0 1975+1481 see Notes 4+515-DAY DLFREE-AGENT
FowlerDexter03-22-1986B/R6'5 1956+1681 see Notes 3+5ACTIVEMUTUAL-OPTION
HeywardJason08-09-1989L/L6'5 2456+0003 see Notes 3+5+8ACTIVESIGNED
SolerJorge02-25-1992R/R6'4 2151+0331 see Note 415-DAY DLSIGNED
SzczurMatt07-20-1989R/R6'0 2000+1340ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL

NOTE 1 - The Cubs have no players with Rule 5 restrictions on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster).

NOTE 2 - The Cubs have no players with Draft Excluded Status on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster).

NOTE 3 - Any player who has minor league options left and who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Trevor Cahill, Chris Coghlan, Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, Clayton Richard, and Ben Zobrist, plus Jake Arrieta beginning on 4/29) and any international player with Article XIX-A contractual rights (Munenori Kawasaki? - TBD) has the right to refuse an Optional Assignment or elect free-agencv if optioned. Also, Optional Assignment Waivers must be secured before Jake Arrieta, Trevor Cahill, Chris Coghlan, Dexter Fowler, Justin Grimm, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, Clayton Richard, Anthony Rizzo, Adam Warren, and Ben Zobrist can be optioned to the minors.
NOTE: Optional Assignment Waivers are revocable and so therefore the waiver request can be withdrawn if the player is claimed, so players are almost never claimed off Optional Assignment Waivers.

NOTE 4 - Munenori Kawasaki and Jorge Soler have each used three minor league options through the 2015 season, but both are eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2016.
NOTE: It is NOT necessary to secure Optional Assignment Waivers prior to sending a player to the minors using a 4th minor league option.

NOTE 5 - Any player who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Trevor Cahill, Chris Coghlan, Dexter Fowler, Jason Hammel, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, Joe Nathan, Clayton Richard, David Ross, Travis Wood, and Ben Zobrist, plus Pedro Strop beginning on 4/18 and Jake Arrieta beginning on 4/29) and any international player with Article XIX-A contractual rights (Munenori Kawasaki? - TBD) has the right to refuse an Outright Assignment or elect free-agency if outrighted. Also, any player who has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time (Anthony Rizzo, Hector Rondon, and Adam Warren, plus Justin Grimm beginning on 4/5), or who qualified as a "Super Two" player after the 2015 season has the right to elect free-agency if outrighted. In addition, any player who has been outrighted previously in his career (Gerardo Concepcion) has the right to elect free-agency if outrighted.

NOTE 6 - Starting at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series, an unsigned MLB Rule 55-eligible player who is not a Rule 5 Player, does not have Draft Excluded Status, and/or is not eligible to elect free-agency if outrighted cannot be sent outright to the minors until Outright Assignment Waivers are secured and the player has either signed a Major League contract for the next season, had his previous season's contract unilaterally renewed by the club, or agrees (in advance) to sign a minor league contract for the next season (if the Outright Assignment is contemplated prior to a Major League contract being tendered).
NOTE: For any MLB player not eligible for salary arbitration, an MLB club can unilaterally renew the player's contract from the previous season (subject to the MLB minimum salary rule and the MLB maximum salary-reduction rule) if the player has not signed a contract by March 1st.

NOTE 7 - Most injured players can be sent outright to the minors only during a period of time beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until reserve lists are filed in November. (An injured Rule 5 Player can be outrighted during this period only if Rule 5 restrictions have been removed, and an injured Draft Excluded Player can be outrighted during this period only if Outright Assignment Waivers are requested no later than 2 PM Eastern on the 4th day after the final game of the World Series). However, a player on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who is not MLB Rule 55-eligible, who has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time in his career, and who did not accrue any MLB Service Time during the previous season, was not selected in the immediately-preceding Rule 5 Draft, and has not previously been outrighted to the minors can be outrighted to the minors even if he is injured beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until the 15th day prior to the start of the next MLB regular season, and an MLB Rule 55-eligible player who has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time in his career, and who did not accrue any MLB Service Time during the previous season, was not selected in the immediately-preceding Rule 5 Draft, and has not previously been outrighted to the minors can be outrighted to the minors even if he is injured during this period only after the player has either signed a Major League contract for the next season, had his previous season's contract unilaterally renewed by the club, or agrees (in advance) to sign a minor league contract for the next season (if the Outright Assignment is contemplated prior to a Major League contract being tendered). Also, a Draft Excluded Player can be outrighted even if injured only during a five-day window beginning on the 20th day prior to the start of the MLB regular season and extending up until the 15th day prior to the start of the MLB regular season.

NOTE 8 - An Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signs a major league contract after 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the 2016 World Series will have an automatic "no trade" restriction through June 15, 2017. An Article XX-B MLB Free-Agent who receives a "no trade" right this way can waive the right, but if he does, his club can trade the player only for player contracts and/or cash with a maximum aggregate value of $50,000. Also, a player with an automatic ("10/5") or contractual "no trade" restriction (Jason Heyward, Jon Lester, and Ben Zobrist ) cannot be traded or placed on any type of irrevocable assignment waiver unless he agrees to waive his "no trade" right in advance.

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  • Where is he going to play for the Cubs?

    Rob Richardson 24 min 5 sec ago view
  • That was, ummmm, you know. A joke?

    Old and Blue 29 min ago view
  • Even from an on-field perspective, Torres is a 19-year-old beating up High-A pitching who also plays a great SS. Even if he never develops a legit MLB power stroke, he's still an obvious 4-tool guy with a very high floor. Sucks to trade away his next 6-8 years for a closer, albeit a great one.

    John Beasley 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • "Like the Chapman deal for Cubs from on-field POV, wish I didn't now have to feel lousy following an otherwise likable Cubs team." @jonahkeri

    pretty much sums up my feelings

    Rob G. 8 hours 7 min ago view
  • You mean Yankees?

    QuietMan 8 hours 11 min ago view
  • Cards lose!

    billybucks 8 hours 18 min ago view
  • You do have a point. The TheoJed certainly would need to address this in a transparent way. Milton Bradley was no help to the team.

    The E-Man 8 hours 30 min ago view
  • FWIW, the Cubs would get a compensation draft pick between the 1st & 2nd rounds (around #35) if they extend a Qualifying Offer to Chapman post-2016 (probably about $17M), Chapman declines, and then he signs with another MLB club before next year's draft. 

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 37 min ago view
  • This all assumes Chapman doesn't want to be a free agent and possibly sign a $20MM+/year deal. We all know free agents get overpaid, sometimes dramatically (Hello, JayHey!). Not sure why Chapman would agree to the extension. If i'm is agent, I would tell him I could get I'm a $100M deal as a FA.

    billybucks 8 hours 44 min ago view
  • I'll root for the uniform and imagine it's left-handed Rod Beck or Randy Myers out there I suppose.

    Rob G. 9 hours 7 min ago view
  • Amen to this. I guess it's gonna happen and I'm gonna have to suck it up but I really despise domestic abusers with every bone in my body and cannot stand them on any team I root for.

    johann 9 hours 16 min ago view
  • I just prefer they don't  acquire players that choke their wives/girlfriends.

    Rob G. 9 hours 19 min ago view
  • So you'd rather go with Blown Save guy, when you can trade a prospect who is blocked for one piece that could get you over the top to the Big Dance? That is pretty old thinking. This is not a move that they cannot recover from if it goes south. But the upside is potentially historic.

    The E-Man 9 hours 29 min ago view
  • I'd prefer it not happen too.

    Rob G. 9 hours 56 min ago view
  • it's a hell of a blockbuster, but it's for a guy who pitches 1/3rd of a season at an extreme premium considering the guy being traded and if the early extension $$$ rumors are true.

    it's one of those things that is bringing a guy at the top his game, but something is nagging me that this trade piece could have been put to better use.

    a huge part of me is all "hell yeah, top of the line producer"...another part of me is "hmm, that for that?"

    crunch 9 hours 59 min ago view
  • Still don't want. Kinda hope they can't work out the extension.

    Charlie 10 hours 11 min ago view