Cubs MLB Roster

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40-Man Roster Info

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

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, ten players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, three players are on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-12-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 13
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch 
Garrett Cooper
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson

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

OPTIONED: 10 
Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Alexander Canario, OF 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Patrick Wisdom, INF 

15-DAY IL: 3
Julian Merryweather, P
* Justin Steele, P  
Jameson Taillon, P 

60-DAY IL: 1 
Caleb Kilian, P 


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Player Posting - NPB & KBO

NIPPON PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL (JAPAN):

There are two Japanese "major" leagues, the Pacific League and the Central League, with each league consisting of six teams. Together the two leagues are known as "Nippon Professional Baseball" (or "NPB").

Unless the player is released or signed by an MLB club after being posted, all NPB players remain under club control (the player is "reserved") for nine seasons. After the 9th season, the player becomes an unrestricted free-agent.

1. An NPB player who is not under the control of an NPB club can sign with any MLB club.

2. With consent of the player's NPB club, an NPB player who is under club control can be "posted" (made available to be signed by an MLB club) anytime during a 35-day period extending from November 1st through December 5th.
NOTE: Prior to the post-2018 off-season, an NPB player who was under club control could be "posted" (made available to be signed by an MLB club) anytime during a three-month period extending from November 1st to February 1st.

3. All MLB clubs are simultaneously notified by the MLB Commissioner when an NPB player is posted. 

4. A posted player who is at least 25 years old and has played all or parts of at least six seasons in the NPB (or a combined six seasons playing in the NPB plus one or more other MLB-recognized foreign professional or "major" league or leagues) is considered to be a "Foreign Professional" player. A "Foreign Professional" is not subject to ISBP international first-year player restrictions. A signing bonus paid to a "Foreign Professional" does - NOT - count against the club’s ISBP.

5. The release fee for NPB posted players is:
MAJOR LEAGUE CONTRACT: If the guaranteed value of the contract is $25M or less the release fee will be 20% of the guaranteed value of the contract, if the guaranteed value of the contract is $50M or less but more than $25M the release fee will be 20% of the guaranteed value of the contract up through the first $25M and 17.5% of the guaranteed value of the contract for any amount above $25M, and if the guaranteed value of the contract is more than $50M the release fee will be 20% of the of the guaranteed value of the contract for the first $25M, 17.5% of the guaranteed value of the contract for the second $25M, and 15% of the guaranteed value of the contract above $50M. In addition, the MLB club must pay 15% of the value of any bonus earned, salary escalator, and/or option exercised over the length of the contract. 
MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACT: The release fee is 25% of the signing bonus, and the MLB club must pay a supplemental fee if the player is subsequently added to the club's MLB reserve list (40-man roster) and is tendered a Major League contract (see "MAJOR LEAGUE CONTRACT" above).
NOTE: Prior to the post-2018 off-season, the NPB club could decide on the amount of the release fee (it could be any amount up to $20M). 

6\. Any MLB club willing to pay the release fee can negotiate with the NPB player during a 45-day period starting on the day after the player is posted.
NOTE: Prior to the post-2022 off-season, the negotiation period was 30 days. 

7. If an MLB club signs a posted NPB player, the NPB club receives the designated release fee from that MLB club. 
NOTE: The release fee is not considered when calculating the MLB club's payroll AAV).

8. The release fee can be paid in installments over an 18-month period, with the MLB club required to pay 50% of the release fee within 14 days of the submission of the posted player's contract, 17% of the release fee within six months of the submission of the posted player's contract, 17% of the release fee within 12 months of the submission of the posted player's contract, and 16% of the release fee within 18 months of the submission of the posted player's contract. (The release fee is not considered when calculating the MLB club's payroll).

9. If a posted NPB player does not sign with an MLB club within 45 days after being posted, the NPB club does not receive a release fee, and the player cannot be posted again until the next November 1st (unless he becomes an unrestricted free-agent in the meantime).


KOREA BASEBALL ORGANIZATION (SOUTH KOREA):

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) is the South Korean "major" league. With a new club beginning play in 2015, there are now ten teams in the KBO.

Unless the player is released or signed by an MLB club after being posted, all KBO players remain under club control (the player is "reserved") until the player's contract has expired.

1. A KBO player who is not under the control of a KBO club can sign with any MLB club.

2. With the consent of the player's KBO club, a KBO player who is under club control can be "posted" (made available to be signed by an MLB club) anytime during a 35-day period extending from November 1st through December 5th. 
NOTE: Prior to the post-2018 off-season, a KBO player who was under club control could be "posted" (made available to be signed by an MLB club) anytime during a three-month period extending from November 1st to February 1st.

3. If a KBO club decides to post a player, the KBO club advises the MLB Commissioner of the posting, and then the MLB Commissioner simultaneously notifies all MLB clubs. 

4. A posted player who is at least 25 years old and has played all or parts of at least six seasons in the KBO (or a combined six seasons playing in the KBO plus one or more other MLB-recognized foreign professional or "major" league or leagues) is considered to be a "Foreign Professional" player. A "Foreign Professional" is not subject to ISBP international first-year player restrictions. A signing bonus paid to a "Foreign Professional" does - NOT - count against the club’s ISBP.

5. The release fee for KBO posted players is:
MAJOR LEAGUE CONTRACT: If the guaranteed value of the contract is $25M or less the release fee will be 20% of the guaranteed value of the contract, if the guaranteed value of the contract is $50M or less but more than $25M the release fee will be 20% of the guaranteed value of the contract up through the first $25M and 17.5% of the guaranteed value of the contract for any amount above $25M, and if the guaranteed value of the contract is more than $50M the release fee will be 20% of the of the guaranteed value of the contract for the first $25M, 17.5% of the guaranteed value of the contract for the second $25M, and 15% of the guaranteed value of the contract above $50M. In addition, the MLB club must pay 15% of the value of any bonus earned, salary escalator, and/or option exercised over the length of the contract. 
MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACT: The release fee is 25% of the signing bonus, and the MLB club must pay a supplemental fee if the player is subsequently added to the club's MLB reserve list (40-man roster) and is tendered a Major League contract (see "MAJOR LEAGUE CONTRACT" above).

6. Any MLB club willing to pay the release fee can negotiate with the KBO player during a 30-day period starting on the day after the player is posted.

7. If an MLB club signs a posted KBO player, the KBO club receives the designated release fee from that MLB club. 
NOTE: The release fee is not considered when calculating the MLB club's payroll AAV).

8. The release fee can be paid in installments over an 18-month period, with the MLB club required to pay 50% of the release fee within 14 days of the submission of the posted player's contract, 17% of the release fee within six months of the submission of the posted player's contract, 17% of the release fee within 12 months of the submission of the posted player's contract, and 16% of the release fee within 18 months of the submission of the posted player's contract. (The release fee is not considered when calculating the MLB club's payroll).

9. If a posted KBO player does not sign with an MLB club within 30 days after being posted, the NPB club does not receive a release fee, and the player cannot be posted again until the next November 1st (unless he becomes an unrestricted free-agent in the meantime).

Recent comments

  • bradsbeard (view)

    I think it’s a fair question if he’ll be able to consistently make it through the order a third time, and if not he’s more of a 6th starter/swing guy. But he’s a very good one if so. 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    TARZAN; Presuming he doesn't spend the next three years in AAA, Owen Caissie projects to initially be  - PRIMARILY -  a DH as long as Happ and Suzuki are on the team (and not on the IL), and both are signed through 2026 and both have a full "no trade."

     

    Which does - NOT - mean Caissie will never play LF or RF while Happ and Suzuki are on the team, just that once he is called up, Caissie projects to be mostly and primarily a DH while Happ and Suzuki are Cubs (very likely through 2026). 

     

    Then AFTER Happ and Suzuki are gone (beginning in 2027), only THEN will Caissie be projected as the primary LF or RF (which of the two TBD).

  • crunch (view)

    julio teheran signs with the cubs.  it's most likely a minor league deal.

  • tim815 (view)

    I'm good with Ty Johnson for Yankees DFA Josh Maciejewski.

  • azbobbop (view)

    Phil, any word on where Derniche Valdez is?

  • azbobbop (view)

    Alcantara starts AA career 0-26

  • crunch (view)

    in a world where kyle schwarber gets to be a LF'r anything is possible.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Not sure why Caissie is being classified strictly as a future DH. He’s a big guy but he has shone to be surprisingly speedy and a respectable fielder in left.

    Happ strikes me as a competitor and I could see him waiving his no trade to go to a potential winner if the Cubs are sellers and willing to take back some salary. Happ is a switch hitter, a former gold glover, and consistent if far from spectacular at the plate. If Happ left, Cassie could slot in quite nicely in left

    By contrast, if Bellinger continues to perform as the 2021/2022 version I don’t think he would be movable at the deadline given his current contract.

    I’ve expressed my concerns with 
    Bellinger and his interview response as reported on Marquee today did little to reassure me. Essentially, “I’m doing everything I want to do in every at bat and I feel like I’ll get there soon.” I translate this as “Don’t be silly! There’s nothing wrong and nothing I need to work on.” Not an answer that points to immediate improvement. Bellinger has proven he’s quite capable of putting together truly terrible seasons and I’m not sure why my concern isn’t more widespread across the fan base.

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love nothing more than to have my concerns be totally off base and for Cody to start tearing it up. Just not seeing or hearing much to support that hope.

  • crunch (view)

    at what point do people quit treating assad like a "6th/7th starter" that's expendable in the rotation unless there's a string of injuries or someone needs rest?

    this guy would be a 3-5 starter on many teams after what he did as a starter last year.

    this team will most likely let hendricks and wicks continue to start at assad's expense.  taillon's next start will be with the big league team.

    wicks to AAA wouldn't make me upset at this point in his career and considering his early performance in 2024.  wicks has yet to pitch past the 4th inning while throwing a lot of pitches doing it.

  • crunch (view)

    m.busch -4- games in a row with a HR.

    forget ROY, let's talk MVP.