Cubs 40-Man Roster


Roster Rules & Procedures


LAST UPDATED: 10-31-2014

CUBS MAJOR LEAGUE RESERVE LIST (40-MAN ROSTER):

35 players (five slots are open), plus two players are on the 60-day Disabled List.

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 for purposes of determining 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/ ThrowsHeight - WeightMLB Service Time Thru 2014Minor League Options Left (2015)Current Roster Status2015 Contract Status
PITCHERS(20)
ArrietaJake03-06-1986R/R6'4 225 3+1451 see Notes4+5RESERVEDARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
BeelerDallas06-12-1989R/R6'5 2050+0022RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
DoubrontFelix10-23-1987L/L6'2 2253+1200 see Note 5RESERVEDARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
GrimmJustin08-16-1988R/R6'3 2101+1701 see Note 4RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
HendricksKyle12-07-1989R/R6'3 1900+0703RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
JacksonEdwin09-09-1983R/R6'3 2109+0700 see Note 5RESERVEDSIGNED
JokischEric07-29-1989R/L6'2 1850+0273 see Note 2RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
OrtizJoe08-13-1990L/L5'7 1751+0601 see Note 6RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
ParkerBlake06-19-1985R/R6'3 2251+1431 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RamirezNeil05-25-1989R/R6'4 1900+1580 see Note 6RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RondonHector02-26-1988R/R6'3 1802+0000 see Note 5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RosscupZac06-09-1988L/L6'2 2050+1222RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
SchlitterBrian12-21-1985R/R6'5 2352+0301 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
StrailyDan12-01-1988R/R6'2 2151+0991 see Note 4RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
StropPedro06-13-1985R/R6'0 215 3+1560 see Note 5RESERVEDARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
TurnerJacob05-21-1991R/R6'5 2152+0330RESERVEDSIGNED
VizcainoArodys11-13-1990R/R6'0 1902+0772 see Notes 4+6RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
WadaTsuyoshi02-21-1981L/L5'11 1801+1452 see Notes 3+4+5RESERVEDSIGNED or FREE-AGENT (CLUB OPTION)
WoodTravis02-06-1987R/L5'11 1754+0040 see Note 5RESERVEDARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
WrightWesley01-28-1985R/L5'11 185 5+1050 see Note 5RESERVEDARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
CATCHERS(3)       
BakerJohn01-20-1981L/R6'1 2155+1411 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
CastilloWelington04-24-1987R/R5'10 2002+0090 see Note 5RESERVEDARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
LopezRafael10-02-1987L/R5'9 1900+0273 see Note 2RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
INFIELDERS(8)       
AlcantaraArismendy10-29-1991B/R5'10 1600+0822RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
BaezJavy12-01-1992R/R6'0 1900+0553RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
CastroStarlin03-24-1990R/R6'0 1904+1503 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDSIGNED
OltMike08-27-1988R/R6'2 2101+0341 see Note 4RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RizzoAnthony08-08-1989L/L6'3 2201+1681 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDSIGNED
ValbuenaLuis11-30-1985L/R5'10 1954+1480 see Note 5RESERVEDARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
VillanuevaChristian06-18-1991R/R5'11 1600+0001 see Note 7RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
WatkinsLogan08-29-1989L/R5'11 1750+0931 see Note 6RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
OUTFIELDERS(4+2)       
CoghlanChris06-18-1985L/R6'0 1954+1481 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
LakeJunior03-27-1990R/R6'3 2151+0731 see Notes 4+6RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RuggianoJustin04-12-1982R/R6'1 210 4+0190 see Note 560-DAY DLARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
SolerJorge02-25-1992R/R6'3 2250+0331 see Note 3RESERVEDSIGNED
SweeneyRyan02-20-1985L/L6'4 2257+0282 see Notes 4+560-DAY DLSIGNED
SzczurMatt07-20-1989R/R6'1 1950+0431 see Note 3RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Last NameFirst NameDate of Birth (MM-DD-YYYY)Bats/ ThrowsHeight - WeightMLB Service Time Thru 2014Minor League Options Left (2015)Current Roster Status2015 Contract Status

NOTE 1 - The Cubs have no players with Rule 5 Restrictions on their MLB 40-man roster.

NOTE 2 - Because they were eligible for selection in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft and had their contracts selected and were added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) after August 15th, Eric Jokisch and Rafael Lopez will have Draft Excluded Status until 20 days prior to 2015 MLB Opening Day.

NOTE 3 - Jorge Soler and Matt Szczur have each used three minor league options through the 2014 season, but both will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2015, and Tsuyoshi Wada has used two minor league options through the 2014 season, but he will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2016.

NOTE 4 - Any player who has minor league options left and who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (John Baker and Ryan Sweeney) and any ex-NPB player exempt from ISBP restrictions (Tsuyoshi Wada) must give his consent (in advance) before he can be optioned to the minors. Also, Optional Assignment Waivers must be secured before Jake Arrieta, John Baker, Starlin Castro, Chris Coghlan, Blake Parker, Anthony Rizzo, Brian Schlitter, Ryan Sweeney, and Arodys Vizcaino (plus Tsuyoshi Wada beginning on 4/4, Justin Grimm beginning on 6/16, Junior Lake beginning on 7/19, Mike Olt beginning on 8/2, and Dan Straily beginning on 8/2) can be optioned to the minors.
NOTE: Because Optional Assignment Waivers are revocable, the waiver request can be withdrawn if the player is claimed. So players are almost never claimed off Optional Assignment Waivers.

NOTE 5 - Any signed player who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Edwin Jackson and Ryan Sweeney, plus John Baker and Wesley Wright when and if the player signs a 2015 major league contract) and any signed ex-NPB player exempt from ISBP restrictions (Tsuyoshi Wada) must give his consent (in advance) before he can be sent outright to the minors. Also, any player who has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time (Jake Arrieta, John Baker, Welington Castillo, Starlin Castro, Chris Coghlan, Felix Doubront, Edwin Jackson, Justin Ruggiano, Pedro Strop, Ryan Sweeney, Luis Valbuena, Travis Wood, and Wesley Wright) or who qualified as a "Super Two" player after the 2014 season (Anthony Rizzo) has the right to refuse an Outright Assignment and elect free-agency. In addition, Blake Parker, Hector Rondon, and Brian Schlitter have the right to refuse an Outright Assignment and elect free-agency because each of them has been outrighted previously in his career.

NOTE 6 - Starting at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series, an unsigned MLB Rule 55-eligible player who is not eligible to elect free-agency if outrighted (Junior Lake, Joe Ortiz, Neil Ramirez, Arodys Vizcaino, and Logan Watkins) 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 or 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.
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 for the current season by the first week of March.

NOTE 7 - An injured player cannot be outrighted to the minors during the MLB regular season, but (after Outright Assignment Waivers have been secured) most injured players can be outrighted to the minors at certain times during the off-season, and a certain class of injured player can even be outrighted during Spring Training. An injured 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 (Christian Villanueva), can be outrighted to the minors 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.
NOTE: Most other injured players can be outrighted 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 (and an injured "Rule 5 Player" can be outrighted during this period only if Rule 5 restrictions have been removed, and a "Draft-Excluded Player" can be outrighted during this period only if Outright Assignment Waivers are requested by 2 PM Eastern on the 4th day following the conclusion of the World Series).

NOTE 8 - An Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signs a major league contract after 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the 2014 World Series will have an automatic "no trade" restriction through June 15, 2015.
NOTE: An Article XX-B MLB Free-Agent who receives "no trade" rights 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 a "no trade" restriction cannot be traded or placed on any type of irrevocable assignment waiver unless he agrees to waive his "no trade" right in advance (for players with automatic or contractural "no trade" rights only) or until the "no trade" restriction is removed (for players who cannot be traded for other reasons).

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