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 Name||First Name||Date of Birth (MM-DD-YYYY)||Bats/Throws||HGT/WGT||MLB Service Time (thru 2015)||Minor League Options Left (2016)||Current Roster Status||2017 Contract Status|
|Alvarez||R. J.||06-08-1991||R/R||6'2 225||0+091||2||OPTIONED||AUTO-RENEWAL|
|Arrieta||Jake||03-06-1986||R/R||6'4 225||4+145||1 see Notes 3+5||ACTIVE||ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE|
|Beeler||Dallas||06-12-1989||R/R||6'5 210||0+050||1||60-DAY DL||AUTO-RENEWAL|
|Brooks||Aaron||04-27-1990||R/R||6'4 220||0+070||1||60-DAY DL||AUTO-RENEWAL|
|Cahill||Trevor||03-01-1988||R/R||6'4 240||6+098||2 see Notes 3+5||ACTIVE||FREE-AGENT|
|Chapman||Aroldis||02-28-1988||L/L||6'4 215||5+034||2 see Notes 3+5||ACTIVE||FREE-AGENT|
|Concepcion||Gerardo||02-29-1992||L/L||6'2 200||0+000||2 see Note 5||OPTIONED||AUTO-RENEWAL|
|Edwards Jr||Carl||09-03-1991||R/R||6'3 170||0+028||2||ACTIVE||AUTO-RENEWAL|
|Grimm||Justin||08-16-1988||R/R||6'3 210||2+170||1 see Notes 3+5||ACTIVE||ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE|
|Hammel||Jason||09-02-1982||R/R||6 6 225||8+153||0 see Note 5||ACTIVE||AUTO-VESTING or CLUB OPTION (TBD)|
|Lackey||John||10-22-1978||R/R||6'6 225||13+095||2 see Notes 3+5||15-DAY DL||SIGNED|
|Lester||Jon||01-07-1984||L/L||6'4 240||9+075||1 see Notes 3+5+8||ACTIVE||SIGNED|
|Pena||Felix||02-25-1990||R/R||6'2 185||0+000||3 see Note 2||ACTIVE||AUTO-RENEWAL|
|Rondon||Hector||02-26-1988||R/R||6'3 180||3+000||0 see Note 5||15-DAY DL||ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE|
|Rosscup||Zac||06-09-1988||L/L||6'2 205||1+105||1 see Note 3||60-DAY DL||AUTO-RENEWAL|
|Smith||Joe||03-22-1984||R/R||6'2 205||8+091||1 see Notes 3+5||15-DAY DL||FREE-AGENT|
|Strop||Pedro||06-13-1985||R/R||6'1 220||4+156||0 see Note 5||15-DAY DL||ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE|
|Wood||Travis||02-06-1987||R/L||5'11 175||5+004||0 see Note 5||ACTIVE||FREE-AGENT|
|Zastryzny||Rob||03-26-1992||R/L||6'3 205||0+000||3 see Note 2||ACTIVE||AUTO-RENEWAL|
|Montero||Miguel||07-09-1983||L/R||5'11 210||9+031||2 see Notes 3+5||ACTIVE||SIGNED|
|Ross||David||03-19-1977||R/R||6'2 230||13+001||0 see Note 5||ACTIVE||FREE-AGENT|
|Schwarber||Kyle||03-05-1993||L/R||6'0 235||0+086||2||60-DAY DL||AUTO-RENEWAL|
|Kawasaki||Munenori||06-03-1981||L/R||5'11 175||2+138||1 see Notes 3+4+5||OPTIONED||FREE-AGENT|
|LaStella||Tommy||01-31-1989||L/R||5'11 190||1+124||3||OPTIONED||ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE ("Super Two") or AUTO-RENEWAL (TBD)|
|Rizzo||Anthony||08-08-1989||L/L||6'3 240||3+168||1 see Notes 3+5||ACTIVE||SIGNED|
|Villanueva||Christian||06-18-1991||R/R||5'11 210||0+000||0||60-DAY DL||AUTO-RENEWAL|
|Zobrist||Ben||05-26-1981||B/R||6'3 210||8+134||1 see Notes 3+5+8||ACTIVE||SIGNED|
|Almora Jr||Albert||04-16-1994||R/R||6'2 190||0+000||3||OPTIONED||AUTO-RENEWAL|
|Coghlan||Chris||06-18-1985||R/R||6'0 197||5+148||1 see Notes 4+5||15-DAY DL||FREE-AGENT|
|Fowler||Dexter||03-22-1986||B/R||6'5 195||6+168||1 see Notes 3+5||ACTIVE||MUTUAL-OPTION|
|Heyward||Jason||08-09-1989||L/L||6'5 245||6+000||3 see Notes 3+5+8||ACTIVE||SIGNED|
|Soler||Jorge||02-25-1992||R/R||6'4 215||1+033||1 see Note 4||ACTIVE||SIGNED|
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.