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40-Man Roster Info

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players are on the 60-DAY IL and one player has been DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT (DFA)

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus eleven players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and three players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 6-16-2024

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PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
David Bote
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 11
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
Porter Hodge, P 
Nick Madrigal, INF 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Daniel Palencia, P
Ethan Roberts, P
Luis Vazquez, INF

15-DAY IL: 3
Yency Almonte, P
Ben Brown, P
* Jordan Wicks, P& 

60-DAY IL: 3
Adbert Alzolay, P
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P 

DFA
Jose Cuas, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Get a brain, morans.

If you image-search "get a brain morans", a million shots come up of this guy who was apparently protesting something.
I'm not going to really try to find out what, I know we just like that sign next to that team logo.
And "morans" does come up here quite a bit so... enjoy.

 

Comments

anyone see Baez or Olt?

Andrew (Raleigh )

Did you see the Time article on the Royals (or their perceived style of play) being the future of baseball? Not every postseason result has to mean something. Sometimes teams just win. People should enjoy the ride and stop trying to create false narratives.

Klaw
  (1:09 PM)

I didn't, and that's pretty silly. I do think you'll see two changes in player valuation, though. Players who make more contact will see an increase in value after years of teams just not caring at all about hitter strikeout rates, and I think the recent shift toward assembling bullpens of power arms to try to shorten games to 6 innings will accelerate.

clearly not reading Phil's reports...

Re: Schwarber sticking at C

Klaw
  (1:16 PM)



Of course they feel that. Every team tells you that about a kid they just drafted four months ago. I highly doubt he can stick there. LF is the best case scenario, 1b the worst.

Re: CJ Edwards and moving to the bullpen

Klaw
  (1:30 PM)



Meaning you don't want him to be a bullpen arm, right? There isn't a starter in the majors built like him, he doesn't have much fastball plane or life, and he needs a better changeup. Those are tangible concerns.

and

Not sure there's any injury risk involved. Let him start until he proves he can't. Let Schwarber catch until he proves he can't. Let DJ Peterson play third base. You have to try the high-upside scenario.

HOLY F'N CRAP WHAT A POSTSEASON! the giants are NL champs. walk-off HR in the 9th...wow.

so game tied, season on the line and they put in Wacha who hadn't pitched in 20 days.

~shrug~

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In reply to by The Joe

TJ, Maybe it would have been less obvious to say that players are protective of their roles, and a closer might not appreciate being used in a non-closing situation on the road. You're managing players as well as situations--but I guess that sounds obvious again. If you asked most people who has the advantage in a tie game from the start of the ninth inning on, they would say the home team. So then the home team uses its closer in the ninth, and the game is still tied after nine. Who has the advantage now? It's just an interesting question to me, one that I've never heard discussed.

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In reply to by VirginiaPhil

Many people think it is a mistake to lose an important game with your best bullpen pitcher (assuming that is your closer) still sitting in the pen.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Speaking of Felix Pie... from the Fangraphs review of Cub prospects:
14. Jake Stinnett, RHP Video: Stinnett pitched for the first time mid-way through his junior year at Maryland and was good enough to get drafted, but took off in his senior year, flashing three above average pitches and hitting 96 mph from an athletic delivery, which prompted the Cubs to take him near the top of the 2nd round. The stuff varied in the spring as Stinnett’s arm wasn’t used to the workload, but he was at his best in instructs, has mid-rotation upside and a very fresh arm for a 22-year-old. After signing and before being sent to an affiliate, Stinnett had a freak accident in Arizona on a funky hop from a fungo during PFP (pitcher fielding practice) hit him in the nuts; he needed surgery and nearly lost his testicle but I’m told he has a good sense of humor about the episode.
http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-prospects-chicago-cubs/ http://deadspin.com/366269/felix-pies-minor-surgery-no-big-deal-nothing…

Seen enough of Cutler. Also the turf at Soldier Field is an embarrassment. /Chicago...the city that sometimes work

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In reply to by jacos

It really sucks to be a Bears fan -- year after year of relentless mediocrity. They bet it all that the QB Whisperer would turn Cutler into Aaron Rodgers and save the day -- not happening. Cutler can't read defenses and waits far too long to release the ball, which is why the Bears WRs never seem open but the Dolphin receivers looked open all day.

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In reply to by Rob G.

I don't know why they didn't go with the lineup they had last week. Those scrubs did better than McClellin ever will. Whoever was arguing with me here about my complaints about the D and how we at least now have an exciting offense has now seen that argument put to rest. There's nothing here at all. And Cutler is now Alfonso Soriano in a much more important capacity.

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In reply to by billybucks

I think the whole thing about a QB Whisperer only works if the QB has the capabilities needed to see the entire field. No whisperer can magically create that ability. Holmes was open on the interception to a covered TE. Holmes had a fifty fifty chance of dropping the pass thrown to him, but that's better than an interception. Either Cutler doesn't trust Holmes with the ball, or he didn't see him. If he didn't see him, you can't fix that. You can fix the other I guess, but that's a pretty big problem, too. You can't have receivers out there the QB doesn't trust. A lot of what is wrong with this team seems related to coaching and that's a big bummer for me because I had very high hopes for Trestman when they brought him in. Damn you, Kool-Aid!!

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In reply to by Old and Blue

the same mediocre team with Angelo/Lovie...at least those two had a few seasons of brilliance.

I didn't watch much of the game yesterday, Cutler seemed mediocre at best, which I think we can fairly say is about as good as he is with occasional moments of brilliance.

Tannenhill scorching your defense is far more alarming to me, he's one of the worst in the league.

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In reply to by jacos

On a more positive note, it was good to see D Rose with some explosiveness last night. It'll be interesting to see if San Antonio style basketball can beat LeBron-style over the course of the season and through the playoffs if Rose stays healthy.

There is something inherently wrong with Baseball taking a 5-6 day break before WS Game 1. This is a sport that is played daily. I expect some sloppy play, it's unfair to the players, and the weather gets worse by the hour this time of year ...

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Really bad day yesterday for Mesa Solar Sox 1B Dan Vogelbach.

No errors were charged to him, but he was unable to hold onto a room-service one-hop throw from Addison Russell (E-6 charged even though ball bounced into and then out of Vogelbach's glove), messed up his footwork while holding runner at 1st base causing him to miss a pick-of throw from LHP Sean Nolin (E-1 charged), failed to tag the runner on an off-line throw from 2B Tony Renda that had batter-runner beat by three steps (E-4 charged), and could not field another easy one-hop relay throw at 1st base so that the DP could not be turned thus extending the inning.  

I saw Vogelbach make 10 errors at Extended Spring Training in 2012 (which is why he was held back at AZL Cubs instead of being assigned to Boise) and I remember thinking at the time that he was one of the worst defensive 1st basemen I had ever seen. I know that he has worked very hard to improve his defensive play at 1st base, but the fact is, he is still a butcher in the field. Back in the day they called defensively-challenged 1B Dick Stuart "Dr Strangeglove." Well, Vogelbach is no better. 

It's not just that he isn't Gold Glove at 1st base. He can't even make routine plays consistently. He has a cast-iron glove, he can't move his feet, he has difficulty tracking pop-ups while he's moving, and he is easily confused. 

Vogebach is a really nice guy and he tries very hard, but he can't play 1st base. He is as bad defensively today as he was two or three years ago. He will almost certainly have to be an MLB DH, but to have a chance to do that he will,have to hit a ton and show a lot of power at AA and AAA over the next couple or three years. I can't see Vogelbach having much value as a trade chp until he proves he can rake at AAA, and even then he would be considered strictly a hitter with a negative defensive value.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

not being able to play 1st is just kinda sad... it's a much harder position, but one of the worst displays of D i've ever seen is bj upton playing SS in AAA. it was absolutely amazing how horrible he was there in every single aspect of playing the position...and he got multiple seasons to showcase how awful he was there.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Long time lurker some time commenter here...I was at the AFL game AZ Phill was at and I'd have to concur that Vogelbach may be the worst fielder, period, that I've seen. Terrible hands, footwork, reactions, instincts, the whole shebang. This is a limited eyeball test so take it for what it's worth. My dad was with me and he actually referred to him as Dr. Strangeglove 2.0. His body type seems to be key inhibitor here as he's simply not built to move. He can rake, for sure, but there's no way he does anything other than DH if he makes it to the bigs. My second eyeball test was of Russell and it's hard not to like what you see. Big, athletic frame, great hands and footwork, combined with a shortstop's arm. I hadn't seen him in person before and, well, I was impressed. Final eyeball test was CJ Edwards. That tiny, lanky frame does give you doubt. Hard to imagine he won't end up in the pen at some point, which is fine. He wasn't very sharp in the couple innings he pitched and his body language reflected that. I'd like to see him get a full healthy season under his belt before testing him in the bigs.

Phil - the Cubs have a PTBNL coming from the A's after the draft. What are the rules in this case. I am pretty sure it couldn't be anyone that was on the 25 man roster after the trade, but could it be someone on the 40 man roster?

DAVID P: The PTBNL must be named or cash substituted within six months of the date the trade is reported to the MLB office. Cash (typically $50,000 for trades involving players on an MLB 40-man roster) can be substituted for the PTBNL. The exact cash amount that can be substituted for a PTBNL must be stated in writing when the trade is reported to the MLB office. Therefore, the PTBNL owed to the Cubs from Oakland in the Samardzija trade must be selected by the Cubs (or else cash will be substituted) no later than January 5th, and the PTBNL the Cubs owe Boston must be selected by the Red Sox (or else cash will be substituted) no later than January 30th.

Typically the PTBNL is selected from a list of minor leaguers agreed to in advance by both clubs when the trade is made, although it could be a player on a DL. If the club owed the PTBNL does not select a player within six months, the cash amount is automatically substituted. 

A PTBNL can be on an MLB 40-man roster, but the PTBNL cannot spend any time on an MLB Active List (25-man roster)--including September when rosters expand or after the conclusion of the MLB regular season if the club is participating in the post-season--from the time the trade is reported to the MLB office until the PTBNL is named. 

A player on an MLB 15-day or 60-day DL can be a PTBNL as long as the player is not reinstated and added to an MLB Active List prior to the PTBNL being announced. So a player on an MLB DL can be a PTBNL as long as the player is either reinstated from the 15-day or 60-day DL and then immediately optioned to the minors (and is not recalled prior to the PTBNL being named), or if the player is reinstated from the DL after the conclusion of the MLB regular season. 

NOTE: All players on optional assignment to the minors must be recalled no later than the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (it's called "Recalled - Not to Report"), but players "Recalled - Not to Report" are not placed on the club's MLB Active List (25-man roster). Rather, they are "reserved" on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster). Therefore a player on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who is "Recalled - Not to Report" after the conclusion of the MLB regular season can be a PTBNL.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

from what I recall, the player the Cubs are suppose to get from A's is "signficant" but not that signficant to change the opinion of the trade (I think that was Keith Law's take).

The player we owe the Red Sox I don't know about, guessing cash may be enough.

Guessing post Rule 5 draft this will get tidied up.

 

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In reply to by Rob G.

I think the fact that the PTBNL the Cubs owe Boston is supposedly to be named after the Rule 5 Draft might suggest that the Red Sox will be able to select a PTBNL from the list of Cubs minor leaguers who were eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft but were not drafted. Or it could be that the Cubs will select a player in the Rule 5 Draft for the Red Sox and then send that player to Boston as the PTBNL after the conclusion of the draft, although that is less likely because the Red Sox actually select ahead of the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft (Red Sox select 7th, Cubs select 9th). .

Having an opportunity to select a player from the list of Cubs players eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft who were not drafted could be to the Red Sox advantage if they wish to select a minor league prospect too inexperienced to add to their MLB 40-man roster post-2014 or too inexperienced to select in the Rule 5 Draft, but who could have 40-man roster value later (like maybe post-2015). That type of player could include prospects like OF Jeffrey Baez, SS Marco Hernandez, or 2B-turned-catcher Gioskar Amaya, each of whom are unlikely to get added to the Cubs 40-man roster by the 11/20 deadline, or get selected in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft because they aren't anywhere near ready for MLB.

 

No Raul Ibanez on WS roster, Royals become first team in WS without a player who didn't play in the 20th Century. /per Olbermann

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: No. 

    A player can be recalled from an optional assignment and be placed on the club's MLB 60-day IL without any other move required. As long as the 40-man roster is full when the player is recalled and placed on the 60-day IL, it isn't even necessary to immediately replace the player on the 40 with another player, so this move could have been made the day after Madrigal sustained the broken hand at AAA and the Cubs could have played with 39 players on the 40 until whenever the slot might have been needed.   

    However, beginning on September 1st, the 40-man roster must be full when a player is placed onto or transferred to the 60-day IL - AND - another player must immediately replace the player on the 40 when the player is moved to the 60-day IL, but prior to September 1st that is not necessary. 

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Greg Zumach of Twitter/X's @IvyFutures page is reporting that Moises Ballesteros and a RP from TN are being promoted to IA.

  • Cubster (view)

    MLBTR is reporting that former Cub, Mike Brumley was killed in a car accident. He was only 61.

    I remember him more for the trade that brought him to Chicago and the trade that led to his exit. He was a bench SS on the 1987 Andre Dawson MVP season—but last place finishing team.  He was on the Cubs coaching staff in 2014.

    the Red Sox traded Brumley and Dennis Eckersley to the Cubs for Bill Buckner in May 1984, which led to Brumley making his MLB debut in a Chicago uniform in 1987.  The Cubbies then dealt Brumley and Keith Moreland to the Padres in February 1988 in the swap that brought Goose Gossage and Ray Hayward to Chicago.”

  • crunch (view)

    the bats are piling up walks with not many hits...and the hits are rather low on doubles and homers.  they would be in much better shape if the bats were cashing in more of this walk-heavy lineup.

    the amount of 1-run games this team is playing is astounding...and it's not like a majority of these are high-scoring 1-run games.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Wait, stupid question. 

    Wicks spot could've gone to MMadrigal, first. 

    Sorry

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Phil, to do this wouldn't a spot on the 26man had to have opened up, first? Like PCA be optioned, Madrigal recalled, then moved to 60IL, PCA recalled to replace an injured player so the 26man is still filled, but the 40man has another spot for Roberts?  

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Who are the two main problems in the Cubs lineup?

    Some fans would say none of the guys are a true problem. They just aren't the solution. 

    Happ, Dansby, Nico, Seiya, Codi, Morel, Busch, Tauch, PCA, Wisdom, Bote

    None are bad players.

    But none are elite players

    None of then are the main problem

    But none of them are the solution.

    They're just okay guys. A few just less than okay. A few just more than okay.

    That's why we're just below .500 now. We were just above .500 last yr

    Jed didn't make big changes in the last 12 months

    He's just banking on better production from the same group.

    It's a potential job losing belief.

    It's also possible Jed put so much money into this group he's locked into them with no real way out. This is a bit overly dramatic. 1B, 3B, C and DH can all be changed fairly easily if the cash from the Ricketts is available. That's a question only Tom and Jed know the answer too.

    Jim DeShaies said the other night that good teams blow other teams out pretty routinely. That's how you win 90+ games

    This offense just doesn't appear able to do that

    If the Ricketts are okay with Jed spending 237mil in payroll, another 12mil in manager salaries all to be .500-ish and keep his job than the Ricketts truly have a lot of money and no one should complain about their resources ever again.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Phil:

    100% agree, the only reason I cans see as to why they did this transactionally, is an attempt to get him through waivers and back to AAA, but not on the 40 man? Although, I would imagine they could have done this later, if at all necessary; but why do it at all, since you'd think the plan was to have him come up and down periodically from Iowa regardless?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    The Cubs should have just recalled Nick Madrigal from his minor league optional assignment and placed him on the MLB 60-day IL. It would have no effect on the Cubs MLB payroll or AAV, because Madrigal gets paid $1.81M (with a corresponding $1.81M AAV hit) whether he is on the AAA Iowa 7-day IL or on the MLB 60-day IL. So it really wasn't necessary to DFA anybody at this time. 

  • crunch (view)

    (NOT) broken wrist...

    they've updated to a broken bone in his left hand, which makes more sense based on what i saw.

    it wasn't a good look and he couldn't close his hand to make a fist...looked bad no matter what actually broke.