Cubs 40-Man Roster


Roster Rules & Procedures


LAST UPDATED: 7-28-2014

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

39 players, plus two players are on the 60-day Disabled List (one slot is open).

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 2013Minor League Options Left (2014)Current Roster Status2015 Contract Status
PITCHERS(19+2)
ArrietaJake03-06-1986R/R6'4 225 2+1451 see Notes4+5ACTIVEARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
BeelerDallas06-12-1989R/R6'5 2050+0003ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
FujikawaKyuji07-21-1980R/R6'0 190 1+000360-DAY DLSIGNED or FREE-AGENT (CLUB OPTION)
GrimmJustin08-16-1988R/R6'3 2100+1702 see Note 3ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
HendricksKyle12-07-1989R/R6'3 1900+0003ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
JacksonEdwin09-09-1983R/R6'3 2108+0700 see Note 5ACTIVESIGNED
McDonaldJames10-19-1984L/R6'4 2054+0740 see Note 560-DAY DLARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
ParkerBlake06-19-1985R/R6'3 2251+0892 see Notes 4+5ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
RamirezNeil05-25-1989R/R6'4 1900+000115-DAY DLAUTO-RENEWAL
RondonHector02-26-1988R/R6'3 1801+0001 see Notes 3+5ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
RosscupZac06-09-1988L/L6'2 2050+0273OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RusinChris10-22-1986L/L6'2 1950+1152OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RussellJames01-08-1986L/L6'4 2004+0003 see Notes 4+5ACTIVEARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
SchlitterBrian12-21-1985R/R6'5 2351+0392 see Notes 4+5ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
StrailyDan12-01-1988R/R6'2 2151+0312OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
StropPedro06-13-1985R/R6'0 215 2+1560 see Note 5ACTIVEARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
VillanuevaCarlos11-28-1983R/R6'2 2357+0301 see Notes 4+5ACTIVEFREE-AGENT
VizcainoArodys11-13-1990R/R6'0 1902+0503 see Note 4OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
WadaTsuyoshi02-21-1981L/L5'11 1801+0762ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL or FREE-AGENT (MUTUAL OPTION)
WoodTravis02-06-1987R/L5'11 1753+0040 see Note 5ACTIVEARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
WrightWesley01-28-1985R/L5'11 185 4+1050 see Note 5ACTIVEARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
CATCHERS(2)       
BakerJohn01-20-1981L/R6'1 2154+1411 see Notes 4+5ACTIVEARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
CastilloWelington04-24-1987R/R5'10 2002+0090 see Note 5ACTIVEARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
INFIELDERS(8)       
AlcantaraArismendy10-29-1991B/R5'10 1600+0003ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
BonifacioEmilio04-23-1985B/R5'11 2055+0660 see Note 5ACTIVEFREE-AGENT
CastroStarlin03-24-1990R/R6'0 1903+1503 see Notes 4+5ACTIVESIGNED
OltMike08-27-1988R/R6'2 2100+0632OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RizzoAnthony08-08-1989L/L6'3 2201+1681 see Note 4ACTIVESIGNED
ValbuenaLuis11-30-1985L/R5'10 1953+1480 see Note 5ACTIVEARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
VillanuevaChristian06-18-1991R/R5'11 1600+0002OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
WatkinsLogan08-29-1989L/R5'11 1750+0572OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
OUTFIELDERS(10)       
CoghlanChris06-18-1985L/R6'0 1953+1711 see Notes 4+5ACTIVEARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
JacksonBrett08-02-1988L/R6'2 2100+0602OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
KalishRyan03-28-1988L/L6'0 2152+0331 see Note 4OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
LakeJunior03-27-1990R/R6'3 2150+0731ACTIVEAUTO-RENEWAL
RuggianoJustin04-12-1982R/R6'1 210 3+0190 see Note 5ACTIVEARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
SchierholtzNate02-15-1984L/R6'1 2055+0780 see Note 5ACTIVEFREE-AGENT
SolerJorge02-25-1992R/R6'3 2250+0002 see Note 3OPTIONEDSIGNED
SweeneyRyan02-20-1985L/L6'4 2256+0282 see Notes 4+5ACTIVESIGNED
SzczurMatt07-20-1989R/R6'1 1950+0002 see Note 3OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
VittersJosh08-27-1989R/R6'2 2000+0601OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Last NameFirst NameDate of Birth (MM-DD-YYYY)Bats/ ThrowsHeight - WeightMLB Service Time Thru 2013Minor League Options Left (2014)Current Roster Status2015 Contract Status

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

NOTE 2 - Any minor league player eligible for selection in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft who has his contract selected and who is added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) after August 15th will have Draft Excluded Status until 20 days prior to 2015 MLB Opening Day.

NOTE 3 - Hector Rondon has used three minor league options through the 2013 season, but he is eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2014, and Justin Grimm, Jorge Soler, and Matt Szczur have each used two minor league options through the 2013 season, but all three will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2015.

NOTE 4 - Any player who has minor league options left and who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Ryan Sweeney and Carlos Villanueva, plus John Baker beginning on 4/30) 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, Ryan Kalish, Brian Schlitter, Ryan Sweeney, and Carlos Villanueva (plus James Russell beginning on 3/31, Blake Parker beginning on 5/17, Anthony Rizzo beginning on 6/9, and Arodys Vizcaino beginning on 8/10) 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. However, a rival club could make a claim as a tactical move to force a club to withdraw the waiver request and keep the player on its MLB Active List (25-man roster) when the club needs the roster slot for another player.

NOTE 5 - Any signed player who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Emilio Bonifacio, Edwin Jackson, Nate Schierholtz, Ryan Sweeney, and Carlos Villanueva, plus John Baker beginning on 4/30, Wesley Wright beginning on 6/4, James McDonald beginning on 7/5, and James Russell beginning on 9/17) 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 (John Baker, Emilio Bonifacio, Starlin Castro, Chris Coghlan, Edwin Jackson, James McDonald, Justin Ruggiano, James Russell, Nate Schierholtz, Ryan Sweeney, Luis Valbuena, Carlos Villanueva, Travis Wood, and Wesley Wright, plus Pedro Strop beginning on 4/14, Jake Arrieta beginning on 4/25, and Welington Castillo beginning on 9/9) or who qualified as a "Super Two" player after the previous season 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 cannot be sent outright to the minors until Outright Assignment Waivers are secured and the player either signs a major league contract for the next season or agrees (in advance) to sign a minor league contract for the next season.

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, 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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