Cubs 40-Man Roster


Roster Rules & Procedures


LAST UPDATED: 7-22-2016

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

39 players (one slot is open), plus four 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(22+2)
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 560-DAY DLCLUB 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+5ACTIVEARBITRATION 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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  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 20 min 44 sec ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 54 min 48 sec ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 1 hour 28 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    ...wow

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 43 min ago view
  • At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.

    johann 2 hours 46 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 4 hours 41 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 4 hours 54 min ago view
  • Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.

    Charlie 5 hours 25 min ago view
  • seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.

    crunch 5 hours 41 min ago view
  • I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.

    Charlie 9 hours 35 min ago view
  • I hope the D and bullpen show up. Cubs haven't had much luck against Davies, and he's been going well lately. A little uncomfortable with the Cards only 6.5 back--feels like they're right on our tails compared to the 11 game lead I've grown accustomed to.

    Charlie 9 hours 39 min ago view
  • Cardinals, stop that. Right now.

    billybucks 10 hours 33 min ago view
  • In a year or two, a lot of fans are going to point at trading him as a mistake. He'll probably be slashing something like 280/400/480 for Seattle at the time. Of course, by WAR, he'll still be worth less than 3, since we're talking zero defensive value.

    John Beasley 11 hours 36 min ago view
  • vogelbomb debut for tacoma (AAA SEA)... 3-3, 1bb, 1 HR, 1 double...DH'd.

    while he mostly played 1st considerably more than DH for AAA CHC, DJ Peterson is probably going to see most of the time at 1st for AAA SEA.

    crunch 20 hours 2 min ago view