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

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

Last updated 5-25-2024

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PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

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

OPTIONED: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

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3/18 UPDATE:

The Kansas City Royals have signed recently-released RHRP Justin Grimm to a major league contract ($1.25M base salary with another $300K in potential performance bonuses).

But because Grimm was signed to a non-guaranteed contract and was released by the Cubs prior to MLB Opening Day, there is no salary offset for the Cubs. The $530K termination pay Grimm got from the Cubs is - NOT - offset by the $1.25M Grimm gets from the Royals. They are considered two unrelated deals, so Grimm ultimately could make upwards of $2M+ in 2018 (close to the $2.2M he was scheduled to make if he had not been released) if he reaches all of the performance bonuses (the $530K termination pay he got from the Cubs + the $1.25M base salary he gets from the Royals + the $300K in potential performance bonuses).

If Grimm had been released by the Cubs after MLB Opening Day, he would have received the entire $2.2M salary he got from the arbitration panel as termination pay, and then the Royals could have signed him for just the MLB minimum salary ($555K) and the Cubs would have been on the hook for the remaining $1.645M.

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3/15 UPDATE:

The Cubs have released veteran RHRP Justin Grimm.

Because he was released 15 or fewer days prior to MLB Opening Day, Grimm will get 45 days salary as termination pay (which is about $530K of the $2.2M 2018 salary that he was awarded by an arbitration panel last month). Note that the Cubs would have saved themselves about $180K if they had released Grimm prior to yesterday (Wednesday), because players with non-guaranteed contracts receive only 30 days salary as termination pay if released more than 15 days prior to MLB Opening Day.

So the Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 39 (one slot is open), and 39 players are assigned to the Cubs Spring Training Active List (including ten NRI).

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3/11 ORIGINAL POST:

A player on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) signed to a non-guaranteed contract who is released more than 15 days prior to Opening Day receives 30 days salary as termination pay (paid at the "minor league rate" if the player is signed to a "split contract"), and a player on an MLB Reserve List signed to a non-guaranteed contract who is released 15 or fewer days prior to Opening Day receives 45 days salary as termination pay (all players paid at the "Major League rate"). A player on an MLB Reserve List signed to a non-guaranteed contract who is released during the MLB regular season receives 100% of his salary as termination pay (paid at the "minor league rate" for players on Optional Assignment to the minors). An unsigned player on an MLB Reserve List released during the off-season receives no termination pay.

So this coming Tuesday (3/13) is the last day a club can release a player on its MLB 40-man roster who is signed to a non-guaranteed contract and pay the player only 30 days salary (which is about 1/6 of the player's salary) as termination pay - AND - at the "minor league rate" if the player is signed to a split contract (meaning the player's salary varies depending on whether the player is on the club's MLB 25-man roster or is on Optional Assignment to the minors). 
What this means is that if (for example) RHRP Shae Simmons (who has had shoulder issues recently and a long history of arm problems throughout his career) is signed to a non-guaranteed contract and then is released by this coming Tuesday, the Cubs would only have to pay him about $20,000 (30 days pay based on his minor league split salary of $120K) as termination pay. If the Cubs were to wait until after Tuesday but still release Simmons prior to MLB Opening Day, he would get 45 days pay based on his major league salary (1/4 of $750K, or about $187,500, a difference of about $165K). What the Cubs CANNOT do is send Simmons to the minors by optional or outright assignment while he is injured, because a club (in most cases) cannot option a player to the minors while he is injured and also cannot place a player on Outright Assignment Waivers unless and until a player is able to immediately render service to whatever club might claim him.

If Simmons has a shoulder injury and the Cubs do not release him prior to MLB Opening Day, the only other choice the Cubs would have would be to place him on the club's MLB 10-day (or 60-day) DL by MLB Opening Day and owe him the full $750K but with the possibility that he might be able to pitch later in the season, or possibly release him a a later date (but still owe him 100% of his 2018 salary as termination pay).

These two release deadlines (30 days salary -- with a variance if the player is signed to a "split" contract" -- as termination pay if the player is released more than 15 days prior to MLB Opening Day, and 45 days salary -- paid at the "major league rate" for players signed to a "split contract" -- as termination pay if the player is released 15 days or fewer prior to MLB Opening Day) apply to all players on a club's MLB 40-man roster who are signed to non-guaranteed contracts, which would include ALL pre-arbitration (auto-renewal) players as well as any player who is awarded a contract by an arbitration panel (even if the player loses in the hearing), which would include RHRP Justin Grimm.

So look for the Cubs to possibly release one or more players currently on their MLB 40-man roster prior to MLB Opening Day, perhaps even by this coming Tuesday.

Comments

j.grimm owes d.maples lunch for taking a little pressure off him.  they're going head to head in sucking.

The Phillies have reportedly agreed to a contract with ex-Cubs RHSP Jake Arrieta. Because they extended a Qualifying Offer to Arrieta after he became a free-agent, the Cubs will get a compensation draft pick between the 2nd & 3rd rounds of the 2018 draft. (They also got a comp pick between the 2nd & 3rd rounds after fellow Qualified Player Wade Davis signed with the Rockies). The two Cubs comp picks will be slotted after the conclusion of Competitive Balance Round "B," in the vicinity of picks #77-78-79 (exact slots still TBD, depending on when & if Alex Cobb signs). 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

I am psyched he's not a Brewer. I like him too much to want him to be terrible, and obviously I can't wish him success with a division rival. Glad to have him here in Philly where he can do minimal damage to the Cubs. I am surprised it's a multi-year deal. I would've thought if he signed with the Phillies he'd be looking to recoop his value and test the market again.

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In reply to by Charlie

Ditto -- very glad he's not in the division, or in LA or WASH.  $75 million is nothing to sneeze at, but it's likely his last big deal.  In 3 years, he'll be 35 years old.

I always felt the "aces get seven years" quote would come back to haunt him.  Hubris, and all that.  Looking forward to some interesting sound bites from Mr. Boras.  His clients have come in miles below expectations.

 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

given the current market the phillies got f'n raked over the coals...or darvish needs a new agent.

"Arrieta will earn $30 million in 2018, $25 million in 2019 and $20 million in 2020. The right-hander has the option to opt-out after the 2019 season, but the contract also allows the Phillies to void that potential opt-out clause in the form of a two-year extension for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. In that event, Arrieta would earn $20 million per season for those two years, with incentives that could drive it up to $25 million per season. All told, the final deal could wind up being for five years and between $125 and $135 million."

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In reply to by crunch

Agree. Given the bargains happening, see Lance Lynn,  this seems like an overpay.  Tthe Phils wanted a shorter term deal and Boras somehow figured out a way to use that as leverage as spring training is halfway completed. As others have said, just glad Jake didn't end up with Cards, Brewers, Nats or Dodgers.  Thank you for your service Jake, it was an amazing ride. 

"Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that Javier Baez (hamstring) could return to Cactus League action "by the end of the week.""

that goalpost keeps getting moved.

happ hits HR #5...russell finally hits his 1st...both off bumgarner.

chatwood is making the regulars-heavy giants lineup look like he's playing a college exhibition game (5ip 1h 2bb 9k, 0 r/er).

also, v.caratini had a.jackson collide with him on an attempted steal of home (C to 2nd to C with men on the corners).  caratini held onto the ball and got the out.  he stayed in the game, but might be sore later.

heyward hit his 1st homer...off a nice lefty, too (r.r.ay).

hendricks went 6ip 3h 0bb 7k, 1 r/er

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In reply to by Charlie

CHARLIE: Kyle Hendricks had all of his pitches working yesterday. Vintage Hendricks. He was masterful. He had more than one of the D'backs hitters so messed-up they walked back to the bench shaking their heads after striking out. I mean, how can you swing late on an 86-MPH FB? How can you take a 72-MPH curve for strike-three?

so now grimm is out of the picture, maples has 2 weeks to turn a full 180 on the crap he's been throwing, and it's still questionable whether montgomery will break the season with the team without being traded.

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In reply to by bradsbeard

he's been vocal about how he would like to be a starter rather than hang out in the pen. it's not gotten to the point of "start me or trade me" but if the cubs could accommodate it while getting a useful return, it may happen. i wouldn't count on it being a sure thing, but it's floating out there.

The Kansas City Royals have signed recently-released RHRP Justin Grimm to a major league contract ($1.25M base salary with another $300K in potential performance bonuses). But Because Grimm was signed to a non-guaranteed contract and was released by the Cubs prior to MLB Opening Day, there is no salary offset for the Cubs. The $530K termination pay Grimm got from the Cubs is - NOT - offset by the $1.25M Grimm gets from the Royals. They are considered two unrelated deals, so Grimm ultimately could make upwards of $2M+ in 2018 (close to the $2.2M he was scheduled to make if he had not been released) if he reaches all of the performance bonuses (the $530K termination pay he got from the Cubs + the $1.25M base salary he gets from the Royals + the $300K in potential performance bonuses). If Grimm had been released by the Cubs after MLB Opening Day, he would have received the entire $2.2M salary he got from the arbitration panel as termination pay, and then the Royals could have signed him for just the MLB minimum salary ($555K) and the Cubs would have been on the hook for the remaining $1.645M.

2 games televised (cubs split squad), same start time, vs CLE and vs KC...chatwood vs KC, Z vs CLE

d.maples...wtf has happened to you?

geez...

straight up one of the nastiest off-speed pitches around...the break on the slider is so nasty. but...wow...this spring has been outing after outing of ineffective play.

"Jorge Polanco received an 80-game suspension, without pay, for testing positive for performance -enhancing drugs."

uh oh.  that's MIN's starting SS.

nick gordon, you ready to play in the bigs?

harsh suspension for a team that's trying to compete this year.

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In reply to by crunch

Makes me wonder how many players were actually juicing back in the day. Probably much higher than I would like to believe. We always point to the bulked up sluggers as obvious examples, but so many of the guys getting caught these days are speed guys (Polanco/Dee Gordon/Starling Marte) or pitchers (Jenrry Meija 3x/Ervin Santana/David Paulino). Hell, even Neifi Perez has failed drugs tests, although for amphetamines, not steroids.

Justin Wison doing Justin Wilson (while with the Cubs) things ... 0 IP 3 H 3 ER 1 BB 0 K 1 HR 7.50 ERA. It's spring an 'at, but dayum would help if the bullpen does not suck out of the gate. 

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In reply to by Eric S

he looked terrible today...so did montgomery...so did maples... also, contreras's throws from behind the plate haven't exactly been as surgically precise as we're used to and he showed it again today. hopefully that's just spring cobwebs. also also, it seems alberto baldonado needs to have an eye kept on him even if he's probably starting the year in AAA.

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  • Arizona Phil (view)

    And It is much easier to manipulate the MLB 40-man roster in November now than it used to be. 

    Prior to the new CBA, the roster filing deadline (also known as the "Rule 5 Draft protection deadline") was November 20, and MLB Contract Tender Day was December 2. The twelve days of separation between the two deadlines made it impossible for a club to DFA a player and then avoid exposing the player to waivers by non-tendering him (with a pre-arranged plan in place to re-sign the player later -- preferably after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft -- to a minor league contract). 

    But now that the MLB Contract Tender Deadline is on the Friday prior to Thanksgiving and the MLB Commissioner is required to set the reserve list filing deadline no earlier than the Monday prior to MLB Contract Tender Day or no later than the day before MLB Contract Tender Day, clubs can (if necessary) open up a slot on the 40 for a Rule 5 Draft eligible player by way of a DFA of a player that the club is planning to non-tender anyway (thus avoiding the possibility of the player getting claimed off waivers). 

    That's why losing Jeremiah Estrada off waivers last November or losing Trevor Megill off waivers the previous November was so unnecessary, not to mention the fact that neither pitcher was injured, out of minor league options, or arbitration-eligible (the main reasons why a club would want to remove a pitcher from the 40 in November in preparation for the off-season and Spring Training).  

    The reasons why a club removes a player from the 40 in November are (in order)

    1. Player is an Article XX-B MLB free-agent and is automatically removed from the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) at 9 AM on the day after the final game of the World Series; 
    NOTE: Includes players who become a free-agent after club declines option and player opt-outs;  

    2.  Player is removed from the MLB 40-man roster (usually by being Designated for Assignment) to open up a slot on the 40 for a minor league free-agent who declines to sign a minor league successor contract and the club does not want to lose the player for nothing (like Luis Vazquez and Yonathan Perlaza post-2023, except the Cubs did add Vazquez but did not add Perlaza), or for a Rule 5 Draft-eligible player the club does not to want to risk losing in the Rule 5 Draft (like Arias, Hodge, and Horn post-2023, although the Cubs lucked out when they left Pablo Aliendo off the 40);  

    Reasons why a player might be Designated for Assignment in November are:  

    1. Player is injured and future is murky
    NOTE: Like Heuer, Hughes, and Roberts last year, each of whom was non-tendered, with Roberts eventually re-signed to a minor league contract; 

    2. Player will be on the Opening Day 26-man roster "bubble" at the end of Spring Training and is out of minor league options and so the club does not want the player on the 40 coming into Spring Training, instead offering the player a minor league contract for "big league money" and an NRI to MLB Spring Training (same things he would have received if he had been on the 40) and maybe even an Opening Day player opt-out if he doesn't make the club's Opening Day MLB roster, except the player doesn't count against the 40-man roster limit or against the club's MLB AAV prior to MLB Opening Day
    NOTE: If player refuses the offer, let him walk. 

    3. Player is a back-up bench guy and if he refuses to sign a minor league contract after being non-tendered he can be easily replaced by a waiver claim prior to MLB Opening Day and therefore a slot on the 40 should not be used for this type of player during the off-season 
    NOTE: Like Madrigal and Mastrobuoni.       

    4. Player is a Draft-Excluded Player (was selected to the 40 sometime after August 15th) and so waivers must be requested no later than the 5th day after the World Series and even if the player is not claimed by another club he cannot be outrighted until 20 days prior to MLB Opening Day 
    NOTE: A Draft-Excluded Player is a lot like a Rule 5 Draft Selected Player, meaning it is a 40-man roster inconvenience for a club during the off-season (beginning mid-November) and extending through the first half of Spring Training (mid-March); 

    5. Player is arbitration-eligible and club does not want the payroll uncertainty associated with an arbitration hearing.  
    NOTE: Player is given a take-it-or-get non-tendered offer (threat) on MLB Contract Tender Day (as happened with Patrick Wisdom and with Yency Almonte when he was still with the Dodgers). BTW, being arbitration-eligible was another reason to non-tender Madrigal. 

    The best way to build a bullpen and a bench is NOT by carrying these guys on the MLB 40-man roster during the off-season, but by casting a wide net and having a "bake-off" competition in Spring Training, where a lot of candidates from far & wide are signed to minor league contracts and are invited to MLB Spring Training to compete for a job, and the club keeps an open mind and sees what develops. (Some of the losers get stashed as insurance at AAA). Since injured players can be placed on the MLB 60-day IL beginning on the first day of Spring Training (the day pitchers & catchers report), 40-man roster slots can usually be found during Spring Training and almost certainly by Opening Day for NRI guys who make the Opening Day roster and/or for end of Spring Training waiver claims. 

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    But the reliever had potential. The drum about potential is beaten so heavily these days it drowns so much else out. The point is that all the machinery led to a decision that cost the team a player that could address an area that has been a problem this year, and that a roster spot was allocated for an okay fielder at 2B/3b who can’t hit.

  • crunch (view)

    it feels awful watching this version of hendricks.  like, i feel awful for him and i feel awful he seems to be going out like this.

    he may not last until june with the team.  this is painful to watch so consistently.

  • crunch (view)

    ethan roberts with another good game, his 4th in iowa.

    5.2ip 3h 2bb 8k, 1r/0er (1 of the bb intentional)

  • crunch (view)

    counsell being sly and calling for the wisdom HBP.  that's moneyballs right there.  give him another year and another 8m.

  • crunch (view)

    if counsell was worth 8 million dollars worth of damns he would step up his game and tell wisdom to hit a grand slam.  this is exactly the type of situation you would call for a grand slam.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Yes, the bad teams have utility players too. They are not the reason their teams are bad either.

    We will never agree on human nature - we long ago established that. You believe that the reason stars are stars and because they’re hyper competitive and that isn’t impacted by big money. I believe human nature is to let off the gas once the destination is reached. There is probably some truth to both perspectives - just a numbers game and what is more prevalent.

    But my overriding point is the amount of time spent pounding on Madrigal and Masteobouni when the fact is EVERY team has these kind of players in their system and taking up roster space. And every GM employs them. Dumping one or the other of them would have resulted in bringing in another just like them, not keeping a 6+ ERA reliever because of some magical premonition he would become a May superstar the following year.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Those million dollar systems need to be better, or the people interpreting those systems need to.

    You can’t compare those teams to the Cubs. Their lineups are stacked (and coincidentally they spend a lot of money on stars hmm correlation???). They can afford a bum backup IF. Here’s the other part. Hernandez plays everywhere but catcher. Merrifield can handle the OF. Short can play SS. None of them are locked to two positions defensively like Madrigal. Further, the issue being address wasn’t his being a waste of roster space right now (he is), it’s that his presence on the roster could have been used to hold Estrada, or someone like him. But instead, he held it despite his being a dime a dozen type, and primarily because Jed refuses to give up on a player everyone can see needs to go. Is this team wide slump due to Madrigal? No. But he adds nothing to the equation. 
    Your continued pounding of the drum about players who have gotten paid will never stop befuddling me. This is their job! Happ isn’t in a comfort zone, he’s just a flawed player. Swanson looks lost and he’s pressing so hard I’m surprised we haven’t seen skid marks on his pants. Everyone knew this is what Tauchman was. Morel is growing as a player and we’re witnessing some of the growing pains. I heard on a broadcast something that legitimately made me think of you. I think Boog said “it sucks to suck.” I.e. players don’t like slumping or struggling. He said it in relation to I think Swanson. The majority of these guys are hyper competitive and not used to being bad at this. You could be making a billion dollars, and if you were struggling to the point your home fans boo you, you’re feeling it deep down. The flaws on this team ultimately come down to the guy who saw last year’s team, decided to mainly run it back except with a shiny new coach, Shota, and a few odds and ends.

  • Eric S (view)

    Appreciate the link, Crunch! Hopefully he can get back to Ben Brown mph territory later this summer. 

  • crunch (view)

    DFA imanaga