Cubs 40-Man Roster


Roster Rules & Procedures


LAST UPDATED: 5-26-2016

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

37 players (three slots are open), plus four players are on 60-day DL and 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 Birth (MM-DD-YYYY)Bats/ThrowsHGT/WGTMLB Service Time (thru 2015)Minor League Options Left (2016)Current Roster Status2017 Contract Status
PITCHERS(19+3)
AcevedoAndury08-23-1990R/R6'4 235 0+0003OPTIONEDAUTO-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+5+8ACTIVEFREE-AGENT
Edwards JrCarl09-03-1991R/R6'3 1700+0282OPTIONEDAUTO-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+5+8ACTIVESIGNED
LesterJon01-07-1984L/L6'4 2409+0751 see Notes 3+5+8ACTIVESIGNED
NathanJoe11-22-1974R/R6'4 23014+1200 see Notes 5+860-DAY DLCLUB OPTION
PattonSpencer02-20-1988R/R6'1 2000+1062OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
RamirezNeil05-25-1989R/R6'4 1901+1580DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENTARBITRATION ELIGIBLE ("Super Two")
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(4+1)
ContrerasWillson05-13-1992R/R6'1 1750+0003 OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
FederowiczTim08-05-1987R/R5"10 2152+0640 see Note 5ACTIVEARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
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(10+1)
AlcantaraArismendy10-29-1991B/R5'10 1700+0981OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
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
VogelbachDan12-17-1992L/R6'0 2500+0003OPTIONEDAUTO-RENEWAL
ZobristBen05-26-1981B/R6'3 2108+1341 see Notes 3+5+8ACTIVESIGNED
OUTFIELDERS (4)
FowlerDexter03-22-1986B/R6'5 1956+1681 see Notes 3+5+8ACTIVEMUTUAL-OPTION
HeywardJason08-09-1989L/L6'5 2456+0003 see Notes 3+5+8ACTIVESIGNED
SolerJorge02-25-1992R/R6'4 2151+0331 see Note 4ACTIVESIGNED
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, 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, 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, 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 (Tim Federowicz) 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 2015 World Series (Trevor Cahill, Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Joe Nathan, 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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  • Phil, have you heard anything about the condition of Oscar De La Cruz's elbow? Has there been talk of a time table? Is he throwing?

    K Dub 2 hours 43 min ago view
  • i was distracted for most of the game and also missed the first few innings.

    but yeah, any time he makes a good fielding+throwing play on D it's worthy of praise and a trip to pizza hut for a personal pan pizza and $1 worth of songs on the juke box.

    seriously, i'll take it.

    crunch 4 hours 47 min ago view
  • BTW, CRUNCH, Lester made a nice bh pick-up and toss to Bryant. Did you catch it?

    He's been workin' on the D!

    The E-Man 6 hours 43 min ago view
  • j.urias didn't have a good debut...

    2.2ip 5h 4bb 3k...3 r/er...1 wp

    81 pitches. yow.

    crunch 9 hours 27 min ago view
  • Ach - I really only saw it quickly and thought that's where it it. No matter - he crushed it and the video board people did not have to repair the panels from what I saw!

    The E-Man 9 hours 39 min ago view
  • Totally agree with that re Soler, whereas Bryant seems to get the close call (so far) this year.

    Good to see Baez get a couple knocks today - been awhile

    Eric S 9 hours 46 min ago view
  • that works too...there wasnt a good CSN replay...was going off whatever len or jd (dont remember) said.

    crunch 9 hours 51 min ago view
  • I was there. From what I saw it was upper third of the scoreboard

    The E-Man 9 hours 55 min ago view
  • No I have been thinking actually that he seems to lead the Cubs with balls called strikes all year. He really shouldn't be expanding his zone to swing at many of those either because it wouldn't lead to anything good. He's seeing the ball well though so hopefully it'll even out.

    johann 10 hours 52 min ago view
  • So why don't the umps like Soler, or am I just imagining it?

    Rob Richardson 11 hours 4 min ago view
  • Yeah, but he kills lefties.

    billybucks 13 hours 8 min ago view
  • wow...instant hardcore rain.

    rain delay.

    crunch 13 hours 15 min ago view
  • it was massive...hit off the bottom of the LF scoreboard.

    crunch 13 hours 47 min ago view
  • Projected at 461 ft, with a 108 mph exit velocity - longest Cub HR this year by 20 ft (I think Arrieta had the longest?)

    Eric S 13 hours 56 min ago view
  • this team is full of horrible walkup music...rizzo uses 'marky mark and the funky bunch' more than he should...which is any at all.

    d.ross uses alphaville 'forever young' because lulz.

    lastella was using (still might be) 'oh what a night' by the four seasons.

    turrible turrible stuff.

    crunch 13 hours 56 min ago view
  • ROSS #100!

    cubs lead 1-5, bottom 4.

    crunch 14 hours 14 min ago view