Minor League Contracts & Roster Rules

MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTS & ROSTER RULES 

1. A free-agent with prior MLB and/or minor league service who signs a minor league contract must be added to a minor league reserve list when he is added to a minor league club's Active List or when the contract is filed with the MLB Commissioner (whichever comes first). Contracts must be filed with the MLB Commissioner within 20 days of signing.

2. A player must be added to a minor league reserve list immediately if the player is sent outright to the minors, is acquired in a trade, or is selected in the AAA Phase of the MLB Rule 5 Draft.

3. A player who was eligible for selection in the First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft) who signs a minor league contract after being selected in the Rule 4 Draft or as a Non-Drafted Free-Agent (NDFA) and who is not "Signed for Future Service" must be added to a minor league club's Active List within 15 days or when he plays in his first game (whichever comes first). The player cannot be released until he spends at least 15 days on a minor league active list or receives a (minimum) 15-day trial in Spring Training.

4. A player on a minor league reserve list cannot be added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), traded to another organization, or transferred from one minor league reserve list to another within the same organization, starting with the filing of MLB & minor league reserve lists on November 20th up through the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft.

5. With the approval of the MLB Commissioner, a club may assign (loan) a player signed to a minor league contract to the Active List of a minor league club in another organization or to a club in the Mexican League. However, the player must be returned no later than September 30th.

6. With the consent of the player and the club, a player who has not previously signed an MLB or minor league contract may be "Signed for Future Service" (contract is for the following season) if the player signs a minor league contract after July 1st but before January 1st and is not placed on a minor league club's Active List, Injured List, Temporarily Inactive List, or Military List  prior to the conclusion of the Minor League season. (Attendance at a post-season Instructional League and/or participation in Instructional League games do not count).

7. An international player who has not previously signed an MLB or minor league contract MUST be "Signed for Future Service" (contract is for the following season) if the player signs a minor league contract after July 1st and the player does not turn 17 before September 1st or until after the conclusion of the regular season of the minor league club to which the player is assigned (whichever is later).

8. A player who is "Signed for Future Service" cannot be released until he receives a 15-day trial in Spring Training.

9. An MLB player who was sent outright to a minor league club during the previous season or after the conclusion of the previous season cannot be tendered a minor league contract for the following season with a salary less than 80% of his previous season's salary (what he was actually paid that season).

10. If an unsigned MLB player is outrighted to a minor league club after the conclusion of the MLB regular season and then is not tendered a minor league contract by January 15th, the player is a free-agent.

11. If a minor league player under club control (a minor league "auto-renewal" player) is not tendered a salary addendum by March 15th, the player is a free-agent.

12. An MLB club can automatically renew a minor league player's contract no more than six times, so a club can unilaterally control a minor league player (that is, a player not on an MLB 40-man roster) for no more than seven minor league seasons. For purposes of determining eligibility to be a free-agent, a player does not accrue a minor league season if the player spends the entire season on an MLB Active List, MLB Disabled List(s), and/or other MLB inactive list, or if the player spends an entire season on the Restricted List, Disqualified List, Suspended List, Ineligible List, Voluntarily Retired List, and/or Military List. Also, participation in a post-season instructional league, the Arizona Fall League, and/or international winter league(s) do not count toward a minor league season.

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MINOR LEAGUE MINIMUM SALARIES

AAA: $12,048
AA: $8,400 
SINGLE-A: $6,960
SS-FR: $3,000 

Salaries are paid weekly and are pro-rated.  

BEGINNING IN 2021: 
AAA: $16,800 (39% increase)
AA: $14,400 (71% increase)
SINGLE-A: $12,000 (72% increase)
SS-A/SS-R: $9,600 (38% increase)
SS-FR: $3,000   

NOTE: The Cubs have established the following minor league minimum & maximum salaries for 2020: 
AAA: $16,248 (min) - $16,800 (max)
OTHER LEVELS (not including SS-FR): $13,464 (min) - $$14,568 (max)   
SS-FR: $3,000 

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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 in which the player spends at least 30 days on an MLB and/or minor league active list and/or injured list, unless the player spent the entire season on the Injured List.

1. 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.
NOTE: Although the VSL has been defunct since 2016 (last season was 2015), there are players in the minor leagues today who accrued minor league service time while assigned to a VSL club back when the VSL was still an active minor league.   

2. 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.

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

4. A maximum of three players on a minor league Injured List, Restricted List, and/or Miltary List may be assigned on a "rehabilitation" or "conditioning" assignment to any one minor league affiliate at any one time, but there is no limit to the number of players who can be on a "rehabilitation" or "conditioning" assignment with the organization's Extended Spring Training and post-season or off-season Instructional League squads. There is also no limit on the number of players on an MLB Injured List, Restricted List, and/or Military List who can be assigned on a "rehabilitation" or "conditioning" assignment to any one minor league affiliate at any one time.

5. A player who has been "Signed for Future Service" can be carried on the roster of a short-season affiliate(s) only  A player with "Signed for Future Service" status does not count against the reserve list limit of the minor league club to which he is assigned until the official Opening Day of that affiliate's league or until he is placed on a club's active list (whichever comes first). A maximum of 50 players in any one organization may have "Signed for Future Service" status at any one point in time, and no more than 12 players "Signed for Future Service" may be assigned to any one short-season minor league afficiate at the same time.  

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CUBS MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES

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


IOWA (AAA)
ROSTER LIMITS: 38 players (RESERVE LIST) - 25 players (ACTIVE LIST)
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: NONE

TENNESSEE (AA):
ROSTER LIMITS: 37 players (RESERVE LIST) - 25 players (ACTIVE LIST) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: NONE

MYRTLE BEACH (Hi-A):
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 25 players (ACTIVE LIST) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Maximum two players and one player-coach with six or more years of service time (not including DSL/VSL service time)

SOUTH BEND (Lo-A): 
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 25 players (ACTIVE LIST) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Maximum two players with five or more years of service time (not including DSL/VSL service time)

EUGENE (SS-A): 
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - 25 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Maximum three players with four or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded)

AZL CUBS BLUE (SS-R):
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - 30 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: No players with three or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded)

AZL CUBS RED (SS-R):
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - 30 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: No players with three or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded)

DSL CUBS BLUE (SS-FR): 
ROSTER RESTRICTIONS: International players only (maximum two players from Puerto Rico)
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - no more than 30 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers);
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: No players with four or more years of service time (including DSL/VSL service time) 

DSL CUBS RED (SS-FR):
ROSTER RESTRICTIONS: International players only (maximum two players from Puerto Rico)
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - no more than 30 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers)
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: No players with four or more years of service time (including DSL/VSL service time)

There is no Active List roster limit for the Cubs Extended Spring Training and post-season Instructional Leagues ("instructs") squads.

Each MLB club must have a current working agreement with each of its minor league affiliates not owned outright by the club. The agreement is called a "Player Development Contract" (or "PDC"). The PDCs between the Cubs and their Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, South Bend, and Eugene affiliates expire after the 2022 season. (The Cubs own their AZL Cubs #1, AZL Cubs #2, DSL Cubs #1, and DSL Cubs #2 affiliates, so there is no PDC between the Cubs and those four clubs).

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CUBS MINOR LEAGUE ROSTERS (last updated 7-8-2020):

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NOTE: Players on Optional Assignment from MLB Reserve List are in green
Players "Signed for Future Service" (2020 contract) are underlined in orange  
 

IOWA: 30 (including seven players on Optional Assignment)

AAA

PITCHERS: 19 (including five players on Optional Assignment)
Jason Adam 
Adbert Alzolay 
Craig Brooks
* Rex Brothers 
* Danny Hultzen
Dillon Maples 
Dakota Mekkes   
Tyson Miller 
* Jordan Minch
Tommy Nance 
James Norwood 
* Tyler Olson 
* C. D. Pelham 
Colin Rea 
Duncan Robinson
Michael Rucker
* Wyatt Short
Matt Swarmer
* Jerry Vasto 

CATCHERS: 2 
P. J. Higgins
Josh Phegley  

INFIELDERS: 5 (including two players on Optional Asignment)
# Robel Garcia 
Trent Giambrone
* Jason Kipnis 
Hernan Perez
Zack Short 

OUTFIELDERS: 4
# Zach Davis
* Donnie Dewees
* Ian Miller
Mark Zagunis


TENNESSEE: 18 (including three players on Optional Assignment) 

AA

PITCHERS: 10 (including two players on Optional Assignment) 
Javier Assad 
Bailey Clark 
Scott Effross 
* Bryan Hudson 
* Ryan Kellogg 
Garrett Kelly 
* Ryan Lawlor 
* Luis Lugo 
Manuel Rodriguez 
* Justin Steele 

CATCHERS: 4 (including one player on Optional Assignment)
Miguel Amaya 
Erick Castillo
Eric Gonzalez
Tyler Payne 

INFIELDERS: 0 

OUTFIELDERS: 4
Eddy Julio Martinez
Connor Myers
* Vance Vizcaino 
* D. J. Wilson


MYRTLE BEACH: 28 

Hi-A

PITCHERS: 18  
Cory Abbott 
Jose Albertos 
Corey Black 
Jesus Camargo 
Yovanny Cruz 
Juan Gamez
* Luke Hagerty 
Ben Hecht 
* Brendon Little
* Brailyn Marquez
Erling Moreno 
* Eugenio Palma 
Jeffrey Passantino
* Jack Patterson 
Eury Ramos 
Ethan Roberts
Keegan Thompson 
Eric Uelmen 

CATCHERS: 0 

INFIELDERS: 7 
* Aramis Ademan  
Cam Balego
* Christian Donahue 
* Tyler Durna
* Alfonso Rivas 
* Jared Young 
Delvin Zinn 

OUTFIELDERS: 3
* D. J. Artis
# Jose Gutierrez 
Zac Taylor

SOUTH BEND: 26   

Lo-A

PITCHERS: 10
Derek Casey
Kohl Franklin
* Brandon Hughes (ex-OF)
Ivan Medina 
Peyton Remy
Aneuris Rosario 
Cam Sanders
Jerrick Suiter (ex-1B) 
Riley Thompson
Blake Whitney 

CATCHERS: 2 
Caleb Knight 
Gustavo Polanco 

INFIELDERS: 8
Levi Jordan
# Fidel Mejia 
Nelson Maldonado
Christopher Morel 
# Yonathan Perlaza
Jake Slaughter
Chase Strumpf 
* Andy Weber

OUTFIELDERS: 6
Yovanny Cuevas 
Brennen Davis
* Darius Hill 
* Cole Roederer
* Jonathan Sierra
Nelson Velazquez 


EUGENE: 32 

SS-A


PITCHERS: 21
Maikel Aguiar
* Chris Allen
Hunter Bigge
Matteo Bocchi 
Zach Bryant
Josh Burgmann
Chris Clarke
Shane Combs 
Brad Deppermann 
Jeremiah Estrada 
Richard Gallardo
Ryan Jensen 
Tanner Jesson-Dalton 
Chris Kachmar 
* Bryan King 
Michael McAvene
Joe Nahas
Eduarniel Nunez
Yunior Perez
Jake Reindl
* Didier Vargas 

CATCHERS: 3
* Jonathan Soto
Jake Washer 
* Bryce Windham (ex-INF) 

INFIELDERS: 5
* Grayson Byrd
# Josue Huma
# Pedro Martinez
# Ryan Reynolds
Luis Vazquez

OUTFIELDERS: 3 
* Edmond Americaan 
Fernando Kelli
Jacob Olson 


AZL CUBS BLUE: 35 

SS-R

PITCHERS: 18  
Elian Almanzar
Max Bain 
* Burl Carraway 
Luis Devers
* Misael Garcia
Porter Hodge 
* Scott Kobos 
Ben Leeper 
* Luke Little 
* Joel Machado
Koen Moreno 
Sheldon Reed
Jorge Remon 
Benjamin Rodriguez
* Luis Rodriguez
Alberto Sojo 
Cayne Ueckert
Edward Vasquez 

CATCHERS: 3
* Ethan Hearn 
Raymond Pena
Henderson Perez 

INFIELDERS: 8 
# Flemin Bautista
Ed Howard IV
Widimer Joaquin
Scott McKeon 
* Matt Mervis 
Rafael Morel 
Miguel Pabon
Oswaldo Pina 

OUTFIELDERS: 6  
Bradlee Beesley 
Manny Collier
Kevin Moreno 
Carlos Pacheco  
* Brailin Pena
* Jacob Wetzel 


AZL CUBS RED: 35 

SS-R 

PITCHERS: 20  
Willy Cabrera  
Danis Correa
Jonathan de Marte
Manuel Espinoza 
Kelvin Feliz 
Francisco Fermin
Edmar Gonzalez 
Jose Miguel Gonzalez
Manuel Heredia
* D. J. Herz
Gabriel Jaramillo
* Adam Laskey  
Graham Lawson 
Alex Moore 
Carlos Ocampo
Johzan Oquendo 
Carlos Paula 
Bailey Reid 
Tyler Schlaffer 
Sam Thoresen 

CATCHERS: 2
Pablo Aliendo 
* Ronnier Quintero 

INFIELDERS: 8  
* Rochest Cruz
# Reivaj Garcia
Nestor Heredia
Juan Mora
Fabian Pertuz
# Ronny Simon  
Luis Verdugo 
* Orlando Zapata 

OUTFIELDERS: 5
Rafael Herrera 
Carlos Morfa 
* Ezequiel Pagan
* Yohendrick Pinango 
Felix Stevens 


DSL CUBS BLUE: 35+1

SS-FR

PITCHERS: 19+1
Jonathan Alvarez
Aneudis Beard 
Emir Blanco
Anderson Feliz
Gregoris Carrasquel
Moises Diaz
* Jesus Gomez 
Darling Grullon
Andy Hernandez
Joel Jimenez
* Johan Lopez 
Luis Marte
Hector Matos (RESTRICTED LIST)
Anthony Mendez
Edgar Mercedes
Marco Prieto 
* Jorge Ramirez
Oliver Roque
* Andricson Salvador
Luis Valenzuela 

CATCHERS: 5
Efren Aular
Miller Chacon
Dilan Granadillo
Brayan Mancilla
Juan Vasquez 

INFIELDERS: 4
Augusto Acevedo
* Edwin Castillo
Kevin Made
Joanfran Rojas

OUTFIELDERS: 7
Luis Berelleza
Gabriel Disla
Elias Fabian
# Josue Fernandez
* Orlando Guzman
* Cristian More
Jonathan Rodriguez


DSL CUBS RED: 35

SS-FR

PITCHERS: 19
Jose Acila
Jorge Arellano
Yovanny Cabrera 
* Alejandro Carrillo
Enmanuel de la Cruz
Wilfri Figuereo
Leury Gomez
Ricardo Green
Frank Hernandez
* Ferrol Heredia 
Anthony Martinez 
Gregori Montano
Yander Montero 
Gleiber Morales
Dawel Rodriguez
Robinson Rodriguez
* Samuel Rodriguez  
* Wilker Ruiz 
Albaro Santana

CATCHERS: 5
Brayan Altuve
Miguel Fabrizio
Edgar Gamargo
Malcom Quintero 
* Wally Soto

INFIELDERS: 5
Christhian Espinal
* Luis Maza
Lizardo Ruiz
# Esmarly Tatis 
Liomny Vasquez 

OUTFIELDERS: 6
# Ezequiel Alvarez
Samuel Duarte 
* Jose Lopez 
Starlin Mateo
* Anderson Suriel 
* Marco Valenzuela


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CUBS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT & MINOR LEAGUE STAFF (updated 1-14-2020)
DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT: Bobby Basham 
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT: Jeremy Farrell
DIRECTOR OF PITCHING: Craig Breslow 
DIRECTOR OF HITTING: Justin Stone 
PITCHING DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR: Casey Jacobson 
PITCHING PERFORMANCE COORDINATOR: James Ogden 
ASSISTANT PITCHING DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR: Carlos Chantres
ASSISTANT PITCHING PERFORMANCE COORDINATOR: Mike Mason 
HITTING COORDINATOR: Chris Valaika
ASSISTANT HITTING COORDINATOR: Tom Beyers
CATCHING COORDINATOR: Mark Johnson
INFIELD COORDINATOR: Jonathan Mota
OUTFIELD & BASERUNNING COORDINATOR: Doug Dascenzo
DOMINICAN ACADEMY FIELD COORDINATOR: Dave Keller
DOMINICAN ACADEMY HITTING COORDINATOR: Steven Pollakov 
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Bob Tewksbury
MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: David DaSilva
LATIN AMERICAN MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: Javier Guerrero 
IOWA: Marty Pevey (Manager), Ron Villone (Pitching Coach), Desi Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Will Remillard (Assistant Coach)
TENNESSEE: Michael Ryan (Manager), Charlie Haeger (Pitching Coach), Chad Allen (Hitting Coach), and Chase Spivey (Assistant Coach)
MYRTLE BEACH: Steve Lerud (Manager), Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach), Paul McAnulty (Hitting Coach), and Wil Skett (Assistant Coach)
SOUTH BEND: Buddy Bailey (Manager), Jamie Vermilyea (Pitching Coach), Dan Puente (Hitting Coach), and Ricardo Medina (Assistant Coach)
EUGENE: Lance Rymel (Manager), Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach), Osmin Melendez (Hitting Coach), and Travis Fitta (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS BLUE: Carmelo Martinez (Manager), Doug Willey (Pitching Coach), Jacob Rogers (Hitting Coach), and Rachel Folden (Assistant Coach) 
AZL CUBS RED: Jimmy Gonzalez (Manager), Tony Cougoule (Pitching Coach), Eric Patterson (Hitting Coach), and Carlos Rojas (Assistant Coach)
MESA REHAB: Josh Zeid (Rehab Pitching Coordinator) and Tyler Pearson (Rehab Coach)
DSL CUBS BLUE: Carlos Ramirez (Manager), Jose Zapata (Pitching Coach), D'Angelo Jimenez (Hitting Coach), and Chris Pieters (Assistant Coach) 
DSL CUBS RED: Leo Perez (Manager), Luis Hernandez (Pitching Coach), Enrique Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach) 
MINOR LEAGUE ATHLETIC TRAINING COORDINATOR: Mike McNulty 
ATHLETIC TRAINING COORDINATOR (MESA REHAB): Jonathan Fierro
ATHLETIC TRAINERS: Ed Halbur and Toby Williams (Iowa), James Edwards (Tennessee), Logan Severson (Myrtle Beach), Matt Hussey (South Bend), Sean Folan (Eugene), Ike Ojata (AZL Cubs Blue), German Suncin (AZL Cubs Red), Leroy Martinez (DSL Cubs Blue), and Arnoldo Goite (DSL Cubs Red)
MINOR LEAGUE STRENGTH, CONDITIONING, AND PERFORMANCE SCIENCE COORDINATOR: Cory Kennedy 
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR (MESA REHAB): Doug Jarrow  
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES: Keegan Knoll (Iowa), Dallas Lopez (Tennessee), TBA (Myrtle Beach), TBA (South Bend), TBA (Eugene), Ryan Clausen (AZL Cubs Blue), Andres Rondon (AZL Cubs Red), Manny Estrada (DSL Cubs Blue), and Amaury Gonzalez and Tomas Sanchez (DSL Cubs Red)