Minor League Service Time & Roster Limits

For the purpose of determining minor league roster limits & restrictions, a minor league player accrues a year of "service time" for every season where the player spends at least 30 days on an MLB and/or minor league active list and/or disabled list, unless the player spent the entire season on the Disabled List.

Service time accrued by a player while assigned to a club or clubs in the Dominican Summer League (DSL) and/or Venezuelan Summer League (VSL) does not count when determining minor league roster limits and restrictions for minor league clubs in non-foreign affilated leagues.

A position player making a position change to pitcher or a pitcher making a position change to position player receives a one-year exemption from minor league service time restrictions. However, a position player being converted to a pitcher may not be used as a position player in a minor league game during the exempt year, and a pitcher being converted to a position player may not be used as a pitcher in a minor league game during the exempt year.

A player on a minor league "rehab" assignment does not count against the Active List or Reserve List of the affiliate to which he is assigned.

A maximum of three players on a minor league rehab assignment may be assigned to any one affiliate at any one time, but there is no limit to the number of players who can be on a minor league rehab assignment with the organization's Extended Spring Training and post-season Instructional League squads. 

SS = Short Season League
R = Rookie League 
FR = Foreign Rookie League

CUBS MINOR LEAGUE AFFILATES:

IOWA (AAA):
38 players (RESERVE LIST) - 25 players (ACTIVE LIST) - no service time limit

TENNESSEE (AA):
37 players (RESERVE LIST) - 25 players (ACTIVE LIST) - no service time limit

MYRTLE BEACH (Hi-A):
35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 25 players (ACTIVE LIST) - maximum two players with six or more years of service time, plus maximum one player-coach with six or more years of service time  

KANE COUNTY (Lo-A):
35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 25 players (ACTIVE LIST) - maximum two players with five or more years of service time 

BOISE (SS-A):
35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 30 players (ACTIVE LIST) - maximum three players with four or more years of service time 

AZL CUBS (SS-R):
35 players (RESERVE LIST) - no players with three or more years of service time 

DSL CUBS (SS-FR)
: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - international players only (maximum two players from Puerto Rico), and no players with four or more years of DSL/VSL service time 

VSL CUBS (SS-FR)
: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - international players only (maximum two players from Puerto Rico), and no players with four or more years of DSL/VSL service time

Boise is permitted to designate 25 players as "active" for each game (at least ten must be pitchers beginning on July 1st), and the AZL Cubs, DSL Cubs, and VSL Cubs are permitted to designate 30 players "active" for each game (at least ten must be pitchers beginning on July 1st).

There is no Active List roster limit for the Cubs Extended Spring Training and post-season AZ Instructional League squads.

The Player Development Contract (PDC) between the Cubs and their Daytona, Kane County, and Boise affiliates expire after the 2014 season, the PDC between the Cubs and their Iowa affiliate expires after the 2016 season, and the PDC between the Cubs and their Tennessee affiliate expires after the 2018 season. (The Cubs own their AZL Cubs, DSL Cubs, and VSL Cubs affiliates, so there is no PDC between the Cubs and those three clubs).

 

 

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