Pre-Arbitration (Auto-Renewal) Players

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 2023 MLB "minor league split" minimum salary and must be at least 50% of the player's salary (what the player was actually paid) 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.

POST-2024 CUBS PRE-ARBITRATION (AUTO-RENEWAL) PLAYERS: (last updated 5-14-2024)
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Miguel Amaya, C
Michael Arias, RHP 
Javier Assad, RHP 
Ben Brown, RHP
Michael Busch, INF
Alexander Canario, OF 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, RHP (could be eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" - TBD) 
Brennen Davis, OF
Porter Hodge, RHP 
Caleb Kilian, RHP
Luke Little, LHP 
Miles Mastrobuoni, INF-OF
Matt Mervis, 1B 
Tyson Miller, RHP
Christopher Morel, INF (could be eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" - TBD) 
Daniel Palencia, RHP 
Keegan Thompson, RHP  
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, RHP 
Jordan Wicks, LHP

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