Projected Post-2018 Chicago Cubs 40-Man Roster (11/20)
PROJECTED POST-2018 CHICAGO CUBS ROSTER (11/20)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Adbert Alzolay (will be recalled from Iowa & placed on 60-day DL on 9/1 - will be reinstated post-World Series)
Anthony Bass (will likely be added back to 40 in September - possible 11/30 non-tender)
Trevor Clifton (will likely be added to 40 on 11/20)
Yu Darvish (will be reinstated from 60-day DL in September)
* Brian Duensing
Carl Edwards Jr
Luke Farrell (possible 11/30 non-tender)
Justin Hancock (will be reinstated from 60-day DL post-World Series - possible 11/30 non-tender)
Brandon Kintzler (Cubs will decline $10M club option & then Kintzler will exercise $5M player option for 2019)
* Jon Lester
* Mike Montgomery
* Jose Quintana (Cubs will exercise $10.5M club option for 2019)
* Randy Rosario
* Kyle Ryan (post-2018 6YFA could be added to 40 post-World Series if not in September)
* Drew Smyly (will be reinstated from 60-day DL in September)
* Justin Steele (will likely be added to 40 on 11/20)
Pedro Strop (Cubs will exercise $6.25M club option for 2019)
Duane Underwood Jr
NOTE: If Bass, Farrell, and/or Hancock are non-tendered on 11/30 (the usual 12/2 contract tender date will be moved-up two days to 11/30 because 12/2 falls on a Sunday) expect the Cubs to try and re-sign them to 2019 minor league contracts (preferably after the Rule 5 Draft) for "big league money" and an NRI to Spring Training.
# Victor Caratini
P. J. Higgins (will likely be added to 40 on 11/20)
NOTE: It is VERY likely that Chris Gimenez will be called-up from Iowa on 9/1 to be the Cubs #3 catcher, but there is an outside chance that C-1B-3B Taylor Davis could get called-up instead (or in addition to Gimenez if there is room on the 40 for both), but whether one or both are called-up, neither will be retained on the 40 post-World Series.
* Tommy LaStella
* Anthony Rizzo
* Jason Vosler (probably will be added to 40 on 11/20)
# Ben Zobrist
NOTE: The Cubs could add an extra infielder who is a legit SS (like Mike Freeman) to the MLB 40-man roster in September to provide insurance/depth behind Russell and Baez, but if Freeman is added to the 40 in September, he would certainly be dropped from the 40 post-World Series. Or Chris Coghlan could be added to the roster as an extra LH bat off the bench, but if he is added to the 40 in September he would certainly be dropped post-World Series.
Albert Almora Jr
# Ian Happ
* Jason Heyward (will not opt-out post-2018)
* Kyle Schwarber
NOTE: The Cubs will very likely add a 5th OF/PR to the roster in September, and it could be a player acquired in a trade at the 8/31 post-season roster deadline or a player from within the organization (like Jacob Hanneman or Wynton Bernard). But whoever is added will certainly be dropped from the MLB 40-man roster post-World Series.
RESTRICTED LIST: 1
Oscar de la Cruz, P
NOTE: Cannot be reinstated until MLB JDPTP suspension expires in April 2019
LIKELY TO BE DROPPED FROM 40 IN SEPTEMBER:
Alec Mills, P (cannot elect free-agency if outrighted but would be 6YFA post-World Series)
Cory Mazzoni, P (cannot elect free-agency if outrighted but would be 6YFA post-World Series)
Jen-Ho Tseng, P (would remain under club control thru 2020 if outrighted)
* Rob Zastryzny, P (would remain under club control thru 2019 if outrighted)
NOTE: Outright Assignment Waivers would have to be secured before player can be outrighted to minors
POST-2018 WORLD SERIES ARTICLE XX-B MLB FREE-AGENTS
Jesse Chavez, P
* Jorge de la Rosa, P
Chris Gimenez, C (likely to be added to 40 on 9/1)
* Cole Hamels, P (2019 $20M club option will almost certainly be declined)
* Justin Wilson, P
NOTE: None of the free-agents will be extended a Qualifying Offer
Arizona Phil 1 hour 43 min ago (view)
Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).
Arizona Phil 22 hours 30 min ago (view)
A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.
Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.
Arizona Phil 22 hours 32 min ago (view)
The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers.
Arizona Phil 22 hours 34 min ago (view)
And then the active list roster limit will expand from 26 to 28 on September 1st (max 14 pitchers in September).
Arizona Phil 22 hours 37 min ago (view)
The "26th man" who was added for doubleheaders will now be the "27th man" and he can be a pitcher.
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
ATL signs cole hamels 1/18m...a'ite then.
also, z.wheeler 5/100+ to the phillies.
Charlie 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
I think without the off-field issues, a front-office might at least be tempted to gamble on Russell's youth and dreams of his upside. But with what we all know about him now, the challenges of improving both on and off the field are too great to gamble on.
George Altman 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
This was the easiest non-tender decision, maybe ever. As if there weren't enough off-field reasons alone, there were even more baseball reasons. He became a sub .700 OPS hitter with bottom of the order OBA results. His defense, formerly his strength, became inconsistent due to attention deficit issues. He turned himself into bench infielder with suspect skills which is someone you don't pay more than $1--1.5M/yr.
crunch 2 days 23 hours ago (view)
he was due for a 3.5-4m payday (3.4m last year) at a minimum, anyway.
it's as good of a time as any to cut him loose. nico hoener's spring just became a lot more important.
Craig A. 2 days 23 hours ago (view)
Addison Russell, to no one's surprise, was non-tendered. I still think he has the talent to excel in the major leagues, but it'll take a new attitude for him to realize his potential. It can't be easy to deal with his baggage in front of millions of fans. I won't forget his contributions in 2016, or that beautiful play that used to be the banner of TCR.
crunch 4 days 18 hours ago (view)
keuchel doesn't have draft pick compensation attached to him and he's a decent enough ground ball pitcher...that will be attractive to a lot of clubs. that would put 3 lefties in the cubs rotation (pending a trade) again, though. not sure they want to go for that look again.
that said, i still imagine the cubs are probably looking to make this thing happen via trade. it's hard to tell what their $$ situation is, but they've done a great job signaling they're not looking to spend $$ this offseason.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 33 min ago (view)
Looking for impact starting pitchers, but won't be shopping at the top of the market? So I guess they won't be in the market for impact starting pitching.
Still hoping they find a taker for Q.
crunch 5 days 2 hours ago (view)
"Patrick Mooney of The Athletic writes the Cubs are in the market for impact starting pitchers but won't be shopping at the top of the market."
darvish, lester, hendricks, Q, (???, a.mills, t.chatwood)...pending trades
d.keuchel? r.porcello? trade target pitcher?
Arizona Phil 5 days 3 hours ago (view)
HAGSAG: I suspect going into his age 30 season and coming off a great year as a pinch-hitter, LaStella wanted a chance to be an everyday player, and since that obviously wasn't going to happen if he stayed with the Cubs, TLS (or his agent) may have asked the Cubs to trade him somewhere he could get that opportunity.
crunch 5 days 3 hours ago (view)
dunno any official reasoning, but his D is miserable and they decided to "upgrade" there with descalso for similar loot as well as getting a trade piece back. the whole a.russell thing was lingering over the team.
it's not like descalso is great with the glove, but la stella plays a miserable 2nd and meh 3rd.
i do wonder if things would have turned out differently if russell wasn't due to miss significant time.
Sonicwind75 5 days 7 hours ago (view)
Was just thinking about this, maybe that isn't a good thing for TLS? I wonder if Maddon will use TLS differently after seeing his success last year. That's my gripe with people complaining about Theo trading away a player that turns into an All Star. If TLS had stayed with the Cubs, Maddon would most likely kept using him in the same manner and with the same results.