Cubs 40-Man Roster


Roster Rules & Procedures


LAST UPDATED: 2-12-2016

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

40 players (roster is full), plus one player has been Designated for Assignment

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 BirthBats/ThrowsHGT/WGTMLB Service TimeMinor League Options Left (2016)Roster Status2016 Contract Status
PITCHERS(22+1)
AcevedoAndury08-23-1990R/R6'4 235 0+0003 see Note 7RESERVEDSIGNED
ArrietaJake03-06-1986R/R6'4 225 4+1451 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDSIGNED
BeelerDallas06-12-1989R/R6'5 2100+0501RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
BrothersRex12-18-1987L/L6'0 2103+1652 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDSIGNED
CahillTrevor03-01-1988R/R6'4 2406+0982 see Notes 4+5+8RESERVEDSIGNED
Edwards JrCarl09-03-1991R/R6'3 1700+0282RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
GrimmJustin08-16-1988R/R6'3 2102+1701 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDSIGNED
HammelJason09-02-1982R/R6 6 2258+1530 see Note 5RESERVEDSIGNED
HendricksKyle12-07-1989R/R6'3 1901+0813RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
JohnsonPierce05-10-1991R/R6'3 2000+0003 see Notes 2+7RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
JokischEric07-29-1989R/L6'2 2050+0272 see Note 7RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
LackeyJohn10-22-1978R/R6'6 22513+0952 see Notes 4+5+8RESERVEDSIGNED
LesterJon01-07-1984L/L6'4 2409+0751 see Notes 4+5+8RESERVEDSIGNED
OlmosEdgar04-12-1990L/L6'4 2200+0830 see Note 6DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENTAUTO-RENEWAL
PattonSpencer02-20-1988R/R6'1 2000+1062RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RamirezNeil05-25-1989R/R6'4 1901+1580 see Note 6RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RichardClayton09-12-1983L/L6'5 2455+1633 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDSIGNED
RiefenhauserC. J.01-30-1990L/L6'0 1900+1011RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RondonHector02-26-1988R/R6'3 1803+0000 see Note 5RESERVEDSIGNED
RosscupZac06-09-1988L/L6'2 2051+1051 see Note 6RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
StropPedro06-13-1985R/R6'1 220 4+1560 see Note 5RESERVEDSIGNED
WarrenAdam08-25-1987R/R6'1 2253+0362 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDSIGNED
WoodTravis02-06-1987R/L5'11 1755+0040 see Note 5RESERVEDSIGNED
CATCHERS(3)
ContrerasWillson05-13-1992R/R6'1 1750+0003 see Notes 2+7RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
MonteroMiguel07-09-1983L/R5'11 2109+0312 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDSIGNED
RossDavid03-19-1977R/R6'2 23013+0010 see Note 5RESERVEDSIGNED
INFIELDERS(10)
AlcantaraArismendy10-29-1991B/R5'10 1700+0981 see Note 6RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
BaezJavy12-01-1992R/R6'0 1900+0892RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
BryantKris01-04-1992R/R6'5 2150+1713RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
CandelarioJeimer11-24-1993B/R6'1 2100+0003 see Notes 2+7RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
LaStellaTommy01-31-1989L/R5'11 1901+1243RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RizzoAnthony08-08-1989L/L6'3 2403+1681 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDSIGNED
RussellAddison01-23-1994R/R6'0 2000+1673RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
VillanuevaChristian06-18-1991R/R5'11 2100+0000 see Notes 6+7RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
VogelbachDan12-17-1992L/R6'0 2500+0003 see Notes 2+7RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
ZobristBen05-26-1981B/R6'3 2108+1341 see Notes 4+5+8RESERVEDSIGNED
OUTFIELDERS (5)
CoghlanChris06-18-1985L/R6'0 1955+1481 see Notes 4+5RESERVEDSIGNED
HeywardJason08-09-1989L/L6'5 2456+0003 see Notes 4+5+8RESERVEDSIGNED
SchwarberKyle03-05-1993L/R6'0 2350+0862RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
SolerJorge02-25-1992R/R6'4 2151+0331 see Note 3RESERVEDSIGNED
SzczurMatt07-20-1989R/R6'0 2000+1340 see Note 6RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL

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

NOTE 2 - Jeimer Candelario, Willson Contreras, Pierce Johnson, and Dan Vogelbach have Draft Excluded Status, and cannot be optioned or sent outright to the minors any earlier than 15 days prior to 2016 MLB Opening Day.

NOTE 3 - Jorge Soler has used three minor league options through the 2015 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 (Trevor Cahill, Chris Coghlan, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, Clayton Richard, and Ben Zobrist, plus Jake Arrieta beginning on 4/29) has the right to refuse an Optional Assignment or elect free-agencv if optioned. Also, Optional Assignment Waivers must be secured before Jake Arrieta, Rex Brothers, Trevor Cahill, Chris Coghlan, 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 5 - Any player who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Trevor Cahill, Chris Coghlan, Jason Hammel, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, Clayton Richard, David Ross, Travis Wood, and Ben Zobrist, plus Pedro Strop beginning on 4/18 and Jake Arrieta beginning on 4/29) 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 (Jake Arrieta, Rex Brothers, Anthony Rizzo, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, and Adam Warren), or who qualified as a "Super Two" player after the 2015 season (Justin Grimm) has the right to elect free-agency if outrighted. In addition, any player who has been outrighted previously in his career 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 (Arismendy Alcantara, Edgar Olmos, Neil Ramirez, Zac Rosscup, Matt Szczur, and Christian Villanueva) 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.
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 (Andury Acevedo and Eric Jokisch) 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 (Christian Villanueva) 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. Also, a Draft Excluded Player (Jeimer Candelario, Willson Contreras, Pierce Johnson, and Dan Vogelbach) 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 2015 World Series (Trevor Cahill, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, and Ben Zobrist) will have an automatic "no trade" restriction through June 15, 2016. 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 (Jon Lester) 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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  • Rick Renteria was a great idea! Seriously! I feel bad for the guy, although it happened the way it had to.

  • Hey, whatta bout me?

    -Ian Stewart

  • ....and Theo thought EJax, Sveum and Ricky were good ideas. Win some, lose some.

  • I thought he was better than Archer?

    /f u Hendry

  • The Padres signed RHP Trey McNutt to a minor league contract...

  • Yeah, she's a good egg. The whole superdelegate thing is shady as fuck though.

  • the perks of being a big fundraiser model representative citizen.

    honestly, though...the dnc could do worse and she's involved in all kinds of dem party stuff.

  • I didn't realize Laura Ricketts is a superdelegate.

  • pretty much...also agree that it wouldn't surprise me to see him land with the cubs, too.

    the trade to free up room for him would be interesting.

    it would help if he didn't play such a mixed-bag CF. he's anything but sure out there with his wacky routes.

    the O's are favored because of links for weeks and they're about to land y.gallardo (giving up that draft pick).

  • holy crap...j.mejia got busted AGAIN for PEDs.

    3rd time...lifetime ban.

    at one point he was the "closer of the future" (and the actual closer) for the mets. 26 years old. unreal.

  • I agree with what you said, but isn't it so weird that the White Sox are not linked to Fowler? They seem like an ideal fit.

  • oddly...or not...fowler's been strongly linked to the O's lately.

  • Olmos takes another 40 man roster Roulette bullet. The new lefty will be gone when Fowler comes back.

  • seen him in the minors...rather boring lefty. really slow secondary stuff (very slow slider) and a fastball that barely hits 90 on a good day.

  • The Cubs have claimed C.J. Riefenhauser LHP on waivers from the Orioles. Edgar Olmos was again DFA.

  • They should have someone standing behind him to take the ball out of his glove when he's looking for a sign from the catcher, and throw to first. I vote for Baez. That way he can cover the rest of the infield, too.