Cubs 40-Man Roster


Roster Rules & Procedures


LAST UPDATED: 8-19-2016

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

39 players (one slot is open), plus five players are on 60-day DL

MLB Service Time goes by the format of Years+Days, so (for example) "2+155" = two years plus 155 days.

Although an MLB regular season ("championship season") is 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(22+3)
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+050160-DAY DLAUTO-RENEWAL
BrooksAaron04-27-1990R/R6'4 2200+070160-DAY DLAUTO-RENEWAL
CahillTrevor03-01-1988R/R6'4 2406+0982 see Notes 3+5ACTIVEFREE-AGENT
ChapmanAroldis02-28-1988L/L6'4 2155+0342 see Notes 3+5ACTIVEFREE-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+515-DAY DLSIGNED
LesterJon01-07-1984L/L6'4 2409+0751 see Notes 3+5+8ACTIVESIGNED
MontgomeryMike07-01-1989L/L6'5 2150+0890ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
PattonSpencer02-20-1988R/R6'1 2000+1062ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
PenaFelix02-25-1990R/R6'2 1850+0003 see Note 2ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
RondonHector02-26-1988R/R6'3 1803+0000 see Note 515-DAY DLARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
RosscupZac06-09-1988L/L6'2 2051+1051 see Note 360-DAY DLAUTO-RENEWAL
SmithJoe03-22-1984R/R6'2 2058+0911 see Notes 3+515-DAY DLFREE-AGENT
SotoGiovanni05-18-1991L/L6'2 2100+0313OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
StropPedro06-13-1985R/R6'1 220 4+1560 see Note 515-DAY DLARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
WoodTravis02-06-1987R/L5'11 1755+0040 see Note 5ACTIVEFREE-AGENT
ZastryznyRob03-26-1992R/L6'3 2050+0003 see Note 2ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
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+1243OPTIONEDARBITRATION 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 4ACTIVESIGNED
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 - Because they were eligible for selection in the 2016 Rule 5 Draft and had their contracts selected after August 15th, Felix Pena and Rob Zastryzny will have Draft Excluded Status until 20 days prior to 2017 MLB Opening Day

NOTE 3 - Any player who has minor league options left and who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Trevor Cahill, Aroldis Chapman, Chris Coghlan, Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, Joe Smith, 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, Anthony Rizzo, Joe Smith, and Ben Zobrist (plus Zac Rosscup beginning on 9/3) 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, Aroldis Chapman, Chris Coghlan, Dexter Fowler, Jason Hammel, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, David Ross, Joe Smith, 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 and Hector Rondon, 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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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 14 hours 8 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 14 hours 13 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 14 hours 18 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 14 hours 30 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 14 hours 41 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 15 hours 6 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 15 hours 47 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 16 hours 59 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 17 hours 16 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 17 hours 20 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 18 hours 5 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 22 hours 56 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 9 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 13 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 8 hours ago view