Cubs MLB Roster

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40-Man Roster Info

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus two players are on the 60-DAY IL

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus eight players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and six players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-25-2024

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# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

2023 Cubs Spring Training


2023 CUBS SPRING TRAINING ROSTER

40 players (MLB roster) 
32 players (Non-Roster Invitee - NRI )

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# bats both 

MLB ROSTER PITCHERS: 21 
73 Adbert Alzolay
72 Javier Assad 
25 Brad Boxberger 
86 Ben Brown 
56 Jeremiah Estrada 
28 Kyle Hendricks 
12 Codi Heuer 
47 Brandon Hughes * 
84 Ryan Jensen 
45 Caleb Kilian 
66 Julian Merryweather 
21 Ethan Roberts 
59 Michael Rucker 
41 Adrian Sampson 
11 Drew Smyly * 
35 Justin Steele * 
0 Marcus Stroman 
50 James Taillon 
71 Keegan Thompson 
19 Hayden Wesneski 
99 Rowan Wick 

NON-ROSTER PITCHERS: 17 
77 Ryan Borucki * 
49 Nick Burdi 
93 Danis Correa 
65 Tyler Duffey 
52 Roenis Elias * 
64 Jordan Holloway 
92 Bailey Horn * 
46 Anthony Kay * 
91 Ben Leeper
30 Mark Leiter Jr 
57 Brendon Little * 
61 Brailyn Marquez * 
58 Nick Neidert 
48 Vinny Nittolo 
39 Manuel Rodriguez 
95 Cam Sanders 
62 Eric Stout * 

MLB CATCHERS: 3 
75 Miguel Amaya 
18 Tucker Barnhart * 
15 Yan Gomes

NON-ROSTER CATCHERS: 3 
37 Dom Nunez * 
32 Luis Torrens 
67 Bryce Windham * 

MLB INFIELDERS: 8 
2 Nico Hoerner 
51 Eric Hosmer * 
1 Nick Madrigal 
20 Miles Mastrobuoni * 
6 Zach McKinstry *
5 Christopher Morel  
7 Dansby Swanson 
16 Patrick Wisdom 

NON-ROSTER INFIELDERS: 7  
60 Sergio Alcantara # 
13 David Bote 
79 Matt Mervis * 
43 Esteban Quiroz * 
98 Chase Strumpf 
83 Andy Weber * 
74 Jared Young * 

MLB OUTFIELDERS: 8 
88 Kevin Alcantara 
24 Cody Bellinger * 
80 Alexander Canario 
94 Brennen Davis 
8 Ian Happ # 
36 Trey Mancini 
27 Seiya Suzuki 
4 Nelson Velazquez 

NON-ROSTER OUTFIELDERS: 5 
70 Pete Crow-Armstrong * 
78 Ben DeLuzio 
89 Darius Hill * 
87 Yonathan Perlaza # 
40 Mike Tauchman * 

MANAGER 
3 David Ross 

COACHES
96 James Adduci (Assistant Hitting Coach)
63 Juan Cabreja (Assistant Hitting Coach - BP Coordinator) 
29 Andy Green (Bench Coach) 
33 Willie Harris (3rd base coach) 
68 Tommy Hottovy (Pitching Coach)
76 Dustin Kelly (Hitting Coach)  
90 Jonathan Mota (Assistant Bullpen Coach) 
55 Mike Napoli (1st Base Coach)  
81 Craig Driver (Game Strategy / Catching Coach)
53 Daniel Moskos (Assistant Pitching Coach) 
97 Alex Smith (Data Development & Process Coach) 
82 Johnny Washington (Assistant Hitting Coach) 
54 Chris Young (Bullpen Coach) 

OTHER
85 Garrett Lloyd (Bullpen Catcher) 

NUMBERS NOT CURRENTLY ISSUED:
9 (last worn by Javier Baez)
17 (last worn by Kris Bryant)
22 (last worn by Jason Heyward)
34 (last worn by John Lester)
38 (last worn by Brad Wieck)
44 (last worn by Anthony Rizzo)
69 (Cubs do not issue this number) 

RETIRED NUMBERS:
10 Ron Santo
14 Ernie Banks
23 Ryne Sandberg
26 Billy Williams
31 Ferguson Jenkins & Greg Maddux
42 Jackie Robinson

Comments

I-Cub promo schedule is out. Bobble head giveaways for Mervis, Kilian & Davis highlight it. Kisses of death? Last year by the time BD t-shirt night arrived he was back in Arizona rehabbing his back and Robel Garcia was wearing the #7 the t-shirts sported. 🤞

Stroman says on Twitter Post (or in a video) that PCA needs to be in Majors!

Marquee network folks say PCA could/plan is to skip AA and go to Iowa. Also said that would allow Alcantara to skip A+ and go to TN.

I'd love it, but no way that happens. Certainly not both skipping. PCA can jump to Majors from TN.

But, the report is that all the Cub veterans and Sutcliffe say PCA and Jaquar have already stoodd out quickly. Not surprising.

Sutcliffe also said Taillon is #1 SP and that Ben Brown stood above all others. Said his Curve was big league caliber.

And, all the Cub Vets say Mervis is a major league hitter. 

Well, at least it's nice to hear first impressions are what we had hoped.

Interesting that Brown impressed Sutty more than Wesneski, Jensen, Kilian, etc. I mean I love what Brown did last yr before and after the trade deadline. But, that's something to watch there!!

Just think: PCA comes up this season. He owns CF. Bellinger moves to 1B. Happ and Suzuki in LF/RF with Bellinger moving around if necessary. Suddenly we have an overloaded OF in Chicago. Still have prospects at every OF spot in IA, TN and SB. Mostly in MB. Depth!!

Mervis comes up for DH duty. Hosmer probably takes a back seat??

Now we add two lefty bats from within the system.

Alcantara eventually take Suzuki's spot. Maybe Happ's. 

 

There's nothing like overthinking the Cubs in Feb!!

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Also... 

Beginning in 2022, a player who finishes in 1st or 2nd place in BBWAA Rookie of the Year voting will automatically receive a full year of MLB Service Time for that season. 

In addition...   

PROSPECT PROMOTION INITIATIVE (PPI) COMPENSATION DRAFT PICK 

Beginning with the 2022 season, a PPI player is any player in an MLB club's organization who enters a season with rookie status and having accrued no more than sixty days of MLB Service Time and who is rated as a pre-season Top 100 minor league prospect by Baseball America, ESPN, and/or mlb.com Pipeline (at least two of the three), and then accrues a full year of MLB Service Time in his rookie season. Once a player receives PPI designation, he retains that designation going forward until he is traded or becomes eligible for salary arbitration (whichever comes first).  
EXCEPTIONS: A "Foreign Professional" player (at least 25 years old and has spent all or part of at least six seasons in a recognized foreign professional "major" league), or a player who signs a multi-year major league contract prior to making his MLB debut, or a player who signs a multi-year contract extension after his MLB debut that buys-out his first year of salary arbitration eligibility, cannot be designated a PPI player.  

An MLB club will receive a compensation draft pick between the first and second round of the next MLB Rule 4 Draft (First-Year Player Draft) if a PPI player wins the Rookie of the Year Award, and/or finishes in the top three in MVP and/or Cy Young Award voting prior to becoming eligible for salary arbitration.  

1. A club can receive no more than one PPI compensation pick in any one draft, even if more than one of its PPI players wins the Rookie of the Year and/or finishes in the top three in MVP and/or Cy Young Award voting;  

2. The same PPI player can generate a compensation draft pick in as many as three different drafts, as long as the player is not traded and/or has not yet qualified for salary arbitration.  

If a player selected with a PPI compensation draft pick does not sign, the club receives a compensation selection in the next Rule 4 Draft one slot lower than where the club selected the previous season. There is no further compensation if a player selected with that compensation draft pick does not sign.

A PPI compensation draft pick is subject to forfeiture if that club signs a player who was extended a Qualifying Offer from another MLB club prior to the Rule 4 Draft.

If a PPI player is traded prior to qualifying for salary arbitration, the player is no longer is designated a PPI player, and so he cannot generate a compensation draft pick for his new club.  

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

The Cubs have three potential PPI players in 2023:  

Pete Crow-Armstrong 
Brennen Davis
Kevin Alcantara 

PCA and K. Alcantara were rated pre-season 2023 Top 100 MLB Prospects by Baseball America, ESPN, and mlb.com Pipeline, and all three were rated 2023 Top 100 by Baseball America and mlb.com Pipeline. 

Brennen Davis and Cristian Hernandez were the only two potential Cubs PPI players in 2022, but neither got called up to MLB. 

first televised spring game this saturday (2/25).  woo.

stroman gets the start, sampson will piggyback afterwards.

d.ross on morel... “We’ve got some more established players,” Ross said. “I think he can bounce around the outfield for us as a fourth outfielder, or could be a utility player. He can play pretty much any infield position besides first. There’s a lot of growth potential there for him.”

the pitcher/hitter timer stuff really speeds up the game, a lot.  it's not like those past changes that shave a couple minutes off the game.  some people will like it.  it's a bit too rushed for my taste.

we're in the first day of spring training games and we've already got violations (machado, SD...who ended up getting a hit).

Marquee Network guys say the Cubs are gearing up for a trade to get a MLB 3B.

Rather big trade. 4/5 guys for a starting 3B

Mancini-Morel-Madrigal-Wisdom-Assad for the 3B...........okay??? Any guesses on who that would get? Don't see this happening.

Supposedly Cubs want Hosmer and Bellinger to be there 1B guys. 

Joe Girardi says PCA is MLB ready. He said some guys have that "look" at 20/21 yrs old. Joe said PCA would waste his time at AA. 150 ABs in AAA and call him up.

He also said Brennan Davis will break make the OD roster. 

Again, no way.

Gotta love ST prognostications!!

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In reply to by Childersb3

childersb3: Because he was a post-2022 Article XX-B MLB FA, Trey Mancini has an automatic full "no trade" through June 15th. He can waive that right, but if he does he can only be traded for $50,000 cash or player(s) with a maximum aggregate contract value of $50,000 (in other words, minor league player or players not an MLB 40-man roster).

And beyond that, I can't see why Mancini would waive his automatic Article XX-B "no trade" so soon after signing with the Cubs. Why would he do that? 

As for a third-baseman the Cubs might target, it could be somebody like Anthony Rendon (Angels), and if that is the case the Angels would almost certainly have to pay at least half of Rendon's 2023 $38M salary ($35M AAV) AND also take back contracts like Hendricks and Bote (about $17M combined AAV) so that the Cubs would not have to add any AAV to their 2023 payroll.

Even if something can be worked out for 2023, Rendon's annual contract AAV 2024-26 is $35M ($38M in actual annual salary 2024-26), and while trading Rendon would clear payroll so that it would be easier for the Angels to sign Ohtani to a post-2023 contract extension, the Angels would still probably have to pay-down some of Rendon's 2024-26 salary (possibly as much as half).

I could see the Mets maybe moving Eduardo Escobar ($9.5M in 2023 and $9M club option or $500K buy-out in 2024 -- $10M AAV hit in 2023 and also in 2024 if club option is exercised) if they think Bret Baty is ready. The Mets would probably have to take back David Bote in the deal for the Cubs to fit Escobar into the 2023 payroll, although the Mets could also get a Top 15 prospect back as well. 

Matt Chapman (Blue Jays) and Manny Machado (Padres) can be free-agents post-2023, but I doubt they will get traded unless Toronto and/or San Diego are unexpectedly out of contention at the Trade Deadline.  

So I guess the most obvious candidate is Ramon Urias (Orioles). He won a Gold Glove at 3B in 2022, he's under control through 2026, and he has HR power. Orioles top prospect Gunnar Henderson is projected to play 3B in MLB, which would make Urias expendable, although no way the Orioles just give him away. It might actually take Christopher Morel plus a SP prospect to get Urias, which might seem like an overpay, but it would fill a specific Cubs need with a player who is under club control for four years. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

I'd prefer a trade for Escobar over all these scenarios. Then, hoping he doesn't sign an extension with the Padres, go for broke on Machado.  With over $77M coming off the the 2024 payroll, they can certainly afford him. Davis & PCA in OF, Amaya platoon C, and Mervis DH will offer good, low cost replacements. That's what I'd do.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

AzPhil:

Wouldn't it be a fair argument to believe that Morel has a chance to better those guys?

Rendon is never healthy, and overpaid. 

Escobar is probably better than Morel today. Switch Bat. Veteran. Not expensive. Morel, Bote and a SP for him might happen.

Urias' bat seems comparable to Morel's potential. Glove obviously leans to Urias.

I don't think there's anything wrong with trying Morel at 3B.

We'll see

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In reply to by Childersb3

Childersb3: You may recall that I had Christopher Morel among my Cubs Top 15 prospects back when nobody even had him in their Top 30, so yes, I believe Christopher Morel has a higher ceiling than Eduardo Escobar and Ramon Urias. 

However...

When I see Christopher Morel right now I see a player who is very raw at the plate and in the field. He needs time at AAA to polish his game (probably at least one year, maybe more) to help him reach his potential as an MLB hitter and defender. 

So I  just don't see Morel as the Cubs # 1 3B in 2023, and whether he will ever be an everyday player at any one position or a "super-sub" capable of playing multiple positions (at least passably) is still TBD.  

As far as trading Morel right now is concerned, that depends on whether the Cubs see themselves primarily as still in rebuild /  development mode or as a legit 2023 playoff contender. 

At some point the Cubs will need to trade some of their prospects (especially position players, most especially outfielders) for established MLB players and/or MLB-ready or very near MLB-ready talent, most notably at 3B, catcher, and (whenever possible) more quality young arms like Hayden Wesneski and Ben Brown. 

The trades that immediately come to mind for me in this regard are the Angels trading OF Brandon Marsh to the Phillies for top catching prospect Logan O'Hoppe, the Marlins trading OF J. J. Bleday to the A's for LHP A. J. Puk, and the Cubs trading RHRP Scott Effross to the Yankees for RHP Hayden Wesneski.  

I could see the Cubs doing something similar with Christopher Morel.  

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

A couple of additional things about Orioles 3B Ramon Urias. 

His winning the A. L. Gold Glove at 3B in 2022 was considered a surprise because he had no "reputation" as a gold glove caliber defender. However, the award is now based on measurable Statcast data and not reputation. 

Also, Urias was playing in a home ballpark in Baltimore where the LF wall was moved back at some points 30 feet and the height of the wall was raised from seven feet to 13 feet prior to the 2022 season, so his 2022 home / road splits are significant: 

HOME: 229/287/372 with 8 doubles & 8 HR in 65 games and 247 PA
ROAD: 272/328/467 with 9 doubles & 8 HR in 53 games and 198 PA

If you pro-rate his road numbers out over a full 162-game season, you get 24 HR and 27 doubles. 

And he is a "reverse split" guy who is better versus RHP than LHP. 

And as I said in the earlier comment, he is still pre-arbitration in 2023 and is under club control through the 2026 season. 

Adbert Alzolay, Zach McKinstry, Julian Merryweather, and Justin Steele come into the 2023 season out of minor league options, but the following NRI are also out of minor league options in the event any of them are added to the Cubs MLB roster in 2023:  

Sergio Alcantara, INF
Ryan Borucki, LHP 
Tyler Duffey, RHP 
Roenis Elias, LHP 
Jordan Holloway, RHP 
Mark Leiter Jr, RHP 
Mike Tauchman, OF 
Luis Torrens, C 

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    counsell being sly and calling for the wisdom HBP.  that's moneyballs right there.  give him another year and another 8m.

  • crunch (view)

    if counsell was worth 8 million dollars worth of damns he would step up his game and tell wisdom to hit a grand slam.  this is exactly the type of situation you would call for a grand slam.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Yes, the bad teams have utility players too. They are not the reason their teams are bad either.

    We will never agree on human nature - we long ago established that. You believe that the reason stars are stars and because they’re hyper competitive and that isn’t impacted by big money. I believe human nature is to let off the gas once the destination is reached. There is probably some truth to both perspectives - just a numbers game and what is more prevalent.

    But my overriding point is the amount of time spent pounding on Madrigal and Masteobouni when the fact is EVERY team has these kind of players in their system and taking up roster space. And every GM employs them. Dumping one or the other of them would have resulted in bringing in another just like them, not keeping a 6+ ERA reliever because of some magical premonition he would become a May superstar the following year.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Those million dollar systems need to be better, or the people interpreting those systems need to.

    You can’t compare those teams to the Cubs. Their lineups are stacked (and coincidentally they spend a lot of money on stars hmm correlation???). They can afford a bum backup IF. Here’s the other part. Hernandez plays everywhere but catcher. Merrifield can handle the OF. Short can play SS. None of them are locked to two positions defensively like Madrigal. Further, the issue being address wasn’t his being a waste of roster space right now (he is), it’s that his presence on the roster could have been used to hold Estrada, or someone like him. But instead, he held it despite his being a dime a dozen type, and primarily because Jed refuses to give up on a player everyone can see needs to go. Is this team wide slump due to Madrigal? No. But he adds nothing to the equation. 
    Your continued pounding of the drum about players who have gotten paid will never stop befuddling me. This is their job! Happ isn’t in a comfort zone, he’s just a flawed player. Swanson looks lost and he’s pressing so hard I’m surprised we haven’t seen skid marks on his pants. Everyone knew this is what Tauchman was. Morel is growing as a player and we’re witnessing some of the growing pains. I heard on a broadcast something that legitimately made me think of you. I think Boog said “it sucks to suck.” I.e. players don’t like slumping or struggling. He said it in relation to I think Swanson. The majority of these guys are hyper competitive and not used to being bad at this. You could be making a billion dollars, and if you were struggling to the point your home fans boo you, you’re feeling it deep down. The flaws on this team ultimately come down to the guy who saw last year’s team, decided to mainly run it back except with a shiny new coach, Shota, and a few odds and ends.

  • Eric S (view)

    Appreciate the link, Crunch! Hopefully he can get back to Ben Brown mph territory later this summer. 

  • crunch (view)

    DFA imanaga

  • crunch (view)

    he's throwing mid-90s+ as early as a few weeks ago last i checked on how he was doing.  i guess mid-90s+ is a bit generous based on this writeup below, though.

    found this article from a couple weeks ago...  https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/news/cubs-cade-horton-velocity-slightly-down-from-2023/

    "Horton averaged 93.4 mph (touched 94.9 mph) with his fastball in his first start for Triple-A Iowa on May 4 and averaged 93.9 mph (touched 95.5 mph) in his second start May 10 after sitting at 95-97 mph with his fastball and regularly touching 98 mph in 2023."

  • Eric S (view)

    Anyone know how much his average velo has dropped this year? Gave up a triple and a home run (reportedly was crushed) in the first inning. 

  • crunch (view)

    at least it's during warmups, not after a mid-90s+ heater.  hopefully it's minor.  hell, hopefully it's a blister...not looking like it, though.

    still, he needs development and building up stamina.  he's not got a 2024 home, but he's very much in the 2025+ mix.

    -edit- it's "back soreness"

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Cade Horton walked off the field with the trainer in Iowa while warming up for the second inning. Nervous time.