Pre-Arbitration (Auto-Renewal) Players

An unsigned player under club control who does not yet qualify for salary arbitration ultimately has to either accept the club's offer or just not play.

A club will negotiate with the player up to a point, but if the player has not signed a contract for the current season by March 1st, the club has the right to unilaterally dictate the player's salary and renew the player's contract from the previous season (albeit for an amount not less than the MLB minimum salary, and not less than 80% of the player's salary from the previous season and not less than 70% of the player's salary from two season's back). 

These players are the ones who have a "minor league split" salary in their contract, which the player is paid if he is sent to the minors. A player's "minor league split" salary must be at least equal to the 2019 MLB "minor league split" minimum salary and must be at least 50% of the player's salary from the previous season.
NOTE: If a free-agent signs a major league contract with a minor league "split" salary, the "50% rule" does not apply.

CUBS PRE-ARBITRATION (AUTO-RENEWAL) PLAYERS POST-2021: (last updated 7-30-2021)
Cory Abbott, RHP
Sergio Alcantara, INF 
Adbert Alzolay, RHP
Miguel Amaya, C
Alexander Canario, OF 
Greg Deichmann, OF 
Anderson Espinoza, RHP 
Johneshwy Fargas, OF 
Codi Heuer, RHP 
P. J. Higgins, C-INF
Nico Hoerner, INF
Jake Jewell, RHP 
Nick Madrigal, INF  
Dillon Maples, RHP
Brailyn Marquez, LHP
Trevor Megill, RHP 
Alec Mills, RHP
Christopher Morel, INF
Tommy Nance, RHP 
Rafael Ortega, OF
Manuel Rodriguez, RHP
Michael Rucker, RHP 
Frank Schwindel, 1B 
Justin Steele, LHP
Kohl Stewart, RHP
Keegan Thompson, RHP
Alexander Vizcaino, RHP 
Rowan Wick, RHP (could qualify for salary arbitration as "Super Two" - TBD)
Brad Wieck, LHP
Patrick Wisdom, 1B-3B