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 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" does not count against a minor league club's Active List or Reserve List until Opening Day of the following season.

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

10. 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).

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

 

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.

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 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.

 

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 #1 (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 #2 (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 #1 (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 #2 (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 4-22-2019):

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Player on Optional Assignment to minors from MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) is in gold italics
Player on MLB DL who is on an MLB Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment is in red italics
Minor League player on Rehab Assignment with a short-season club is in green
Players "Signed for Future Service" (2019 contract) and "Roster Status Pending" are in orange  


IOWA: 26+10 (includes nine on Optional Assignment

AAA

PITCHERS: 13+8 (includes eight on Optional Assignment)
Adbert Alzolay (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
* Alberto Baldonado
Casey Bloomquist (INACTIVE - 60-day Injured List) 
Matt Carasiti (INACTIVE - Temporarily Inactive List)
Trevor Clifton 
* Brian Duensing 
Carl Edwards Jr  (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
* Luke Hagerty (INACTIVE - 60-day Injured List)
* Danny Hultzen (INACTIVE - 60-day Injured List)
Dillon Maples 
Dakota Mekkes 
James Norwood
Colin Rea
Duncan Robinson 
* Randy Rosario 
Matt Swarmer
Junichi Tazawa (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
Duane Underwood Jr 
* Jerry Vasto (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
Rowan Wick 
Ryan Williams  

CATCHERS: 2  
* Francisco Arcia 
Ian Rice

INFIELDERS: 5+1 
# Cristhian Adames
Phillip Evans 
Trent Giambrone 
Dixon Machado
* Vimael Machin
Zack Short (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)

OUTFIELDERS: 6+1 (includes one on Optional Assignment
* Jim Adduci
Wynton Bernard
* Zach Borenstein
* Donnie Dewees
Johnny Field
* Jacob Hannemann (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
# Ian Happ 


TENNESSEE: 26+15 (includes one player on Optional Assignment and two players on Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment)

AA

PITCHERS: 14+9 (includes one player on Optional Assignment and two players on Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment)
Cory Abbott 
Corey Black (INACTIVE - 60-day Injured List)
Craig Brooks (INACTIVE - Temporarily Inactive List) 
* Xavier Cedeno (ARTICLE XIX-C REHAB)  
Bailey Clark 
* Ian Clarkin 
Scott Effross 
Tom Hatch 
Zach Hedges 
Erick Leal (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
* Conor Lillis-White (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
Brad Markey 
Tyson Miller
* Jordan Minch
* Mike Montgomery (ARTICLE XIX-C REHAB)
Tommy Nance (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
* Manuel Rondon
Michael Rucker 
* Wyatt Short 
* Justin Steele (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
Jake Stinnett (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
Keegan Thompson (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List) 
Alexander Vargas (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)

CATCHERS: 3+1 
Erick Castillo
P. J. Higgins 
Jhonny Pereda
Will Remillard (INACTIVE - serving as a coach)

INFIELDERS: 6+1 
Gioskar Amaya (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
Clayton Daniel 
* Christian Donahue 
# Robel Garcia
Jesse Hodges
Nico Hoerner
* Jared Young 

OUTFIELDERS: 3+4  
Yasiel Balaguert (INACTIVE - serving as a coach with AZL Cubs #1)
Charcer Burks 
Jose Cardona (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
# Roberto Caro 
Eddy Julio Martinez (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
Connor Myers 
* Chris Pieters (INACTIVE - serving as a coach with AZL Cubs #2)


MYRTLE BEACH: 25+6 (includes one player on Optional Assignment)

Hi-A

PITCHERS: 13+4 (includes one player on Optional Assignment)
Javier Assad 
Jesus Camargo 
Oscar de la Cruz (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE - CONDITIONING ASSIGNMENT
Enrique de los Rios (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
Brian Glowicki 
Ben Hecht 
Chad Hockin (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List) 
* Bryan Hudson
* Ryan Kellogg
Garrett Kelly
Alex Lange (INACTIVE - Suspended List)
* Luis Lugo 
Erling Moreno 
Tyler Peyton
Paul Richan 
Manuel Rodriguez 
Erich Uelmen (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)

CATCHERS: 3
Miguel Amaya
Cam Balego
Tyler Payne 

INFIELDERS: 5+1
* Aramis Ademan (INACTIVE - Temporarily Inactive List) 
Jhonny Bethencourt
Wladimir Galindo 
# Yeiler Peguero 
* Luke Reynolds 
* Carlos Sepulveda

OUTFIELDERS: 4+1
# Zach Davis
Grant Fennell (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
Jimmy Herron 
Kevonte Mitchell
* D. J. Wilson 


SOUTH BEND: 25+5 

Lo-A

PITCHERS: 13+2 
* Andres Bonalde (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
* Faustino Carrera 
Derek Casey 
Dalton Geekie 
* Ryan Lawlor  
* Brendon Little (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
* Brailyn Marquez
Riley McCauley 
Zach Mort 
* Eugenio Palma
Jeffrey Passantino
Eury Ramos
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 

CATCHERS: 2+1
Eric Gonzalez
Rafelin Lorenzo
Marcus Mastrobuoni (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)

INFIELDERS: 6+1
* Tyler Durna 
Levi Jordan 
# Fidel Mejia (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
Christopher Morel
Rafael Narea
* Andy Weber
Delvin Zinn

OUTFIELDERS: 4+1
* D. J. Artis 
# Jose Gutierrez (INACTIVE - 7-day Injured List)
* Cole Roederer
Nelson Velazquez 
Jonathan Sierra


EUGENE: 20

SS-A

PITCHERS: 13
Maikel Aguiar
Jose Albertos
Sean Barry
Emilio Ferrebus 
Fauris Guerrero
* Brandon Hughes (ex-OF) 
Brendan King
Ivan Medina
M. T. Minacci 
* Pablo Ochoa 
Peyton Remy
* Ruben Reyes (ex-OF) 
Casey Ryan

CATCHERS: 3 
Alexander Guerra
Caleb Knight  
Gustavo Polanco

INFIELDERS: 3
# Yonathan Perlaza
Jake Slaughter
Luis Vazquez

OUTFIELDERS: 1
Fernando Kelli


AZL CUBS #1: 31+2

SS-R

PITCHERS: 17+1 
Yovanny Cruz
Jeremiah Estrada 
Jamie Galazin (ex-OF) 
* Misael Garcia
Julio Guante
Chi-Feng Lee
Braxton Light (RESTRICTED LIST - 50 game Prohibited Substance suspension 8-22-2018)
Carlos Ocampo
Raidel Orta
* Jack Patterson
Yunior Perez 
Jake Reindl
Jorge Remon
* Luis Rodriguez
Niels Stone
Jesus Tejada
* Didier Vargas
Carlos Vega

CATCHERS: 3
Orian Nunez (ex-INF)
* Jonathan Soto
Danny Zardon (ex-INF) 

INFIELDERS: 5
# Josue Huma
# Pedro Martinez
Rafael Mejia
Herson Perez
Fabian Pertuz  

OUTFIELDERS: 6+1
* Edmond Americaan
Yovanny Cuevas
Dalton Hurd
Kevin Moreno
* Ezequiel Pagan
* Abraham Rodriguez (RESTRICTED LIST)
Brandon Vicens 


AZL CUBS #2: 32 

SS-R

PITCHERS: 16 
* Chris Allen 
* Willy Cabrera 
Alfredo Colorado 
Danis Correa 
Manuel Espinoza 
* Riger Fernandez
Kohl Franklin
Jose Miguel Gonzalez
Elias Herrera 
Eduarniel Nunez
Luis Ramos 
Benjamin Rodriguez
* Josh Sawyer
* Luis Silva
Omar Ventura
Blake Whitney

CATCHERS: 3
Richard Nunez
Raymond Pena
Henderson Perez

INFIELDERS: 8
* Rochest Cruz
Luis Diaz
# Reivaj Garcia 
Widimer Joaquin 
* Ervis Marchan
Miguel Pabon
Oswaldo Pina 
Luis Verdugo

OUTFIELDERS: 5
Brennen Davis 
* Albert Hinirio 
Carlos Morfa
Carlos Pacheco
* Ricardo Verenzuela

 

DSL CUBS #1: 22+12

SS-FR

PITCHERS: 9+7
Jonathan Alvarez
* Alejandro Carrillo   
Moises Diaz
Richard Gallardo (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
Edmar Gonzalez
Darling Grullon (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE
* Ferrol Heredia
Manuel Heredia (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE
Andy Hernandez
Gabriel Jaramillo  
* Joel Machado (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)  
Hector Matos (RESTRICTED LIST)   
Yander Montero (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE
Carlos Paula 
Alberto Sojo 
* Saul Vazquez (RESTRICTED LIST - 72-game PED suspension 7-20-2018) 

CATCHERS: 3
Efren Aular
Brayan Mancilla
Malcom Quintero

INFIELDERS: 4+2 
Augusto Acevedo
# Flemin Bautista
# Santiago Blanco
Edwin Castillo (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
Juan Mora
Rafael Morel (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE

OUTFIELDERS: 6+3
# Ezequiel Alavado 
Samuel Duarte
# Josue Fernandez
Orlando Guzman (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
* Jose Lopez (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)   
* Yohendrick Pinango (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE
Jonathan Rodriguez
Felix Stevens 
* Marco Valenzuela
 

DSL CUBS #2: 27+1

SS-FR

PITCHERS: 12+1
Keiber Arredondo 
Donato Auguste 
Keiber Carreno
Luis Devers
Kelvin Feliz   
Francisco Fermin 
* Jesus Gomez
Jose Gomez  
Francisco Gracia (LOANED to Mexixo City - Mexican League)
* Johan Lopez
Luis Marte
* Anderson Parra
Edward Vasquez

CATCHERS: 4
Pablo Aliendo
Miller Chacon 
Miguel Fabrizio
Juan Vasquez

INFIELDERS: 6
Jeinser Brete
Christhian Espinal
Nestor Heredia
Lizardo Ruiz
# Ronny Simon 
* Orlando Zapata 

OUTFIELDERS: 5
Rafael Herrera
* Kelvin Hidalgo  
* Kevin Miranda  
* Cristian More 
* Brailin Pena   


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CUBS MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FIELD STAFF (updated 4-1-2019)
FIELD COORDINATOR: Jeremy Farrell
PITCHING COORDINATOR: Brendan Sagara
ASSISTANT PITCHING COORDINATORS: Mike Mason and Carlos Chantres 
HITTING COORDINATOR: Chris Valaika
ASSISTANT HITTING COORDINATOR: Tom Beyers
CATCHING COORDINATOR: Mark Johnson
INFIELD COORDINATOR: Jonathan Mota
OUTFIELD & BASERUNNING COORDINATOR: Doug Dascenzo
LATIN AMERICAN FIELD COORDINATOR: Dave Keller
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Josh Lifrak
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Bob Tewksbury
MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATORS: David DaSilva and John Baker 
LATIN AMERICAN MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: Raymond Fuentes
IOWA: Marty Pevey (Manager), Rod Nichols (Pitching Coach), Desi Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Keoni DeRenne (Assistant Coach)
TENNESSEE: Jimmy Gonzalez (Manager), Ron Villone (Pitching Coach), Chad Allen (Hitting Coach), and Ben Carhart (Assistant Coach)
MYRTLE BEACH: Steve Lerud (Manager), Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach), Ty Wright (Hitting Coach), and Osmin Melendez (Assistant Coach)
SOUTH BEND: Buddy Bailey (Manager), Jamie Vermilyea (Pitching Coach), Paul McAnulty (Hitting Coach), and Pedro Gonzalez (Assistant Coach)
EUGENE: Lance Rymel (Manager), Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach), Michael Carter (Hitting Coach), and Carlos Rojas (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS #1: Carmelo Martinez (Manager), Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach), VACANT (Hitting Coach), Darnell McDonald (Assistant Coach), and Yasiel Balaguert (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS #2: Ricardo Medina (Manager), Manny Olivera (Pitching Coach), Claudio Almonte (Hitting Coach), Jacob Rogers (Assistant Coach), and Chris Pieters (Assistant Coach)
MESA REHAB: VACANT (Rehab Pitching Coordinator) and Tyler Pearson (Rehab Assistant Coach)
DSL CUBS #1: Leo Perez (Manager), Jose Cueto (Pitching Coach), D'Angelo Jimenez (Hitting Coach), Antonio Valerio (Assistant Coach), and Jose Zapata (Assistant Pitching Coach)
DSL CUBS #2: Carlos Ramirez (Manager), Luis Hernandez (Pitching Coach), Enrique Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach)
MINOR LEAGUE ATHLETIC TRAINING COORDINATOR: Chuck Baughman
ASSISTANT MINOR LEAGUE TRAINING COORDINATOR (MESA REHAB): Jonathan Fierro
ATHLETIC TRAINERS: Ed Halbur and Mike McNulty (Iowa), Toby Williams (Tennessee), Logan Severson (Myrtle Beach), James Edwards (South Bend), Sean Folan (Eugene), Ike Ojata (AZL Cubs #1), Matthew Hussey (AZL Cubs #2), Brennan Connelly (DSL Cubs #1), and German Suncin and Arnoldo Goite (DSL Cubs #2)
MINOR LEAGUE STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR: Doug Jarrow
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES: Ryan Clausen (Iowa), Jason Morriss (Tennessee), Keegan Knoll (Myrtle Beach), Ryan Nordtvedt (South Bend), Dallas Lopez (Eugene), Mike Megrew (AZL Cubs #1), Andres Rondon (AZL Cubs #2), Manny Estrada (DSL Cubs #1), and Amaury Gonzalez and Tomas Sanchez (DSL Cubs #2)