Cubs 40-Man Roster


Roster Rules & Procedures


LAST UPDATED: 7-25-2016

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

39 players (one slot is open), plus three players are on 60-day DL and one player has been Designated for Assignment

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 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
ChapmanAroldis02-28-1988L/L6'4 2155+0342 see Notes 3+5ACTIVEFREE-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 5ACTIVECLUB OPTION
PattonSpencer02-20-1988R/R6'1 2000+1062OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RichardClayton09-12-1983L/L6'5 2455+1633 see Notes 3+5DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENTFREE-AGENT
RondonHector02-26-1988R/R6'3 1803+0000 see Note 5ACTIVEARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
RosscupZac06-09-1988L/L6'2 2051+1051 see Note 360-DAY DLAUTO-RENEWAL
SotoGiovanni05-18-1991L/L6'2 2100+0313OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
StropPedro06-13-1985R/R6'1 220 4+1560 see Note 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, Aroldis Chapman, 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, 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, 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 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.

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  • First team to 60 wins! Onward to 70, 80, 90 and 100!

    billybucks 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • I. Hate. The. Mets.

    billybucks 5 hours 20 min ago view
  • OK Marlins -- take 'em down. Fernandez, at home, tomorrow for the Fish.

    Gotta say, though -- as much as I can't stand them, the Cardinals have had some very impressive late-inning wins against premier closers.

    billybucks 5 hours 20 min ago view
  • Very impressive that he hit a 3-2 curve ball. Such a dynamic ballplayer. If he ever learns the strike zone....

    billybucks 5 hours 27 min ago view
  • If Jason Hammel doesn't get a potato chip sponsorship deal, somebody messed up. Attaboy, Jason!

    billybucks 5 hours 29 min ago view
  • I am looking forward to AChap facing the Cardinals.

    The E-Man 5 hours 37 min ago view
  • Sure is fun to watch them score finally. To think they were no-hit until the 7th...

    The E-Man 5 hours 49 min ago view
  • Got to admit it - it was comforting seeing Rondon come out for the eighth after just taking a two run lead ... And put the hammer down with a 7 pitch inning. Good stuff

    Eric S 5 hours 54 min ago view
  • GRAND SLAM RUSSELL

    blown the hell open...7 run lead

    crunch 5 hours 56 min ago view
  • 11 hits off Wainwright tonight. Everything going right for the Cards right now. Motherfucking motherfuckers.

    The E-Man 6 hours 5 min ago view
  • it was more no-doubt than bryant's HR. it wont make any end-of-season highlight reels, but that one was booked to leave on contact.

    crunch 6 hours 14 min ago view
  • Javy! Javy! Javy!

    How sweet was that - Cranked it!

    393 happy feet

    Eric S 6 hours 22 min ago view
  • baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaez!

    cubs take a 2 run lead in the 7th. sweet.

    crunch 6 hours 25 min ago view
  • ...and the Cards tie and take the lead in the 9th. off Familia.

    blockhead25 6 hours 29 min ago view
  • Familia blows his first save of the season -- gives up 2 in 9th to the Cards.

    Not much going our way these days.

    billybucks 6 hours 29 min ago view
  • bryant's back!

    no-doubt HR towering to CF...tie game.

    crunch 6 hours 47 min ago view