Cubs 2020 Club Player Pool


The Cubs have added INF-OF Hernan Perez to their Club Player Pool.

H. Perez was an NRI at MLB Spring Training with the Cubs this past February-March but was (surprisingly) not intially placed on the Cubs CPP when it was submitted to MLB on June 28th.  

So the Cubs Club Player Pool roster now stands at 51 (nine slots are open). 



A club's MLB Active List roster limit will be 30 for the first 14 days of the 2020 MLB regular seson, then 28 for the next 14 days, and then 26 for the balance of the MLB regular season and the post-season.

Beginning at 4 PM (Eastern) on June 28th, each MLB club may assign up to 60 players to its 2020 MLB Club Player Pool (CPP).

Only players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) and players signed to minor league contracts are eligible to be assigned to a Club Player Pool and attend the club's July pre-season training camp, and once the 2020 MLB regular season begins, only players assigned to a Club Player Pool who are not on the club's MLB Active List roster can be assigned to the club's MLB Practice Squad. 

Players on a club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not have to be assigned to the club's MLB Club Player Pool.

Before a player on a club's MLB Practice Squad can be added to the club's MLB Active List roster, the player must first be either recalled from his Optional Assignment or reinstated from an MLB Injured List (if he is already on the club's MLB Reseve List) or added to the club's MLB Reserve List (if he is not already on the club's MLB Reserve List).

If a minor league player is dropped from a Club Player Pool, he cannot return to the list at a later date in 2020, although he can be assigned to the Club Player Pool of another MLB club after being traded or released. 

A player on Optional Assignment to the minors who is dropped from a Club Player Pool must be removed from the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster).     

The "27th player" rule will be in effect for doubleheaders in 2020 once the Active List roster limit has been reduced to 26 on the 29th day of the 2020 MLB regular season. No extra players may be added for doubleheaders during the first four weeks of the 2020 regular season.    

There will be a special MLB "CoViD-19 Related Injured List" in 2020 for players who are diagnosed with CoViD-19 during the MLB regular season, as well as for players who exhibit symptoms and/or have been exposed to the virus, or who are in a CoViD-19 "high risk" group. There is no minimum or maximum number of days a player must spend on this list, but a player may not be reinstated until he tests negative for the virus twice where the tests are administered at least 24 hours apart. A player can only be placed on the CoViD-19 Related IL per the approval of the Joint CoViD-19 Health & Safety Committee. A player on the CoViD-19 Related Injured List does not count against his club's Reserve List, Active List, or Club Player Pool roster limits. Also, the 15 day Injured List (for pitchers) is suspended (there will be a 10-day Injured List for both pitchers and position players), and the minimum number of days a player must spend on the 60-day Injured List ("Emergency Injured List") will be reduced from 60 days to 45 days. Also, after August 31st a club's MLB Reserve List must be full before a player can be placed on the 45-day IL, but there is no restriction on placing a player on the 45-day IL prior to that time.    

The minimum number of days a player generally must remain on Optional Assignment to the minors in 2020 will be ten days for both position players and for pitchers in 2020 (see EXCEPTIONS), and a player who was optioned to the minors during 2020 Spring Training (prior to March 29) can be recalled without restriction.
EXCEPTIONS: The only exceptions to the "ten day rule" are if the player is traded or claimed off waivers, recalled as the "27th man" for a doubleheader (second game of the doubleheader only if two games were scheduled after a postponed or suspended game from the previous day), or is recalled to replace a player on the MLB Active List (26-man roster) who is traded, claimed off waivers, or placed on the MLB Injured List, Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency List, or Paternity Leave List, or the Restricted List (but only pursuant to a suspension or administrative leave resulting from a violation or possible violation of the joint MLB-MLBPA JDV policy or a suspension resulting from a violation of the joint MLB-MLBPA JDPTP policy). 

Beginning at 4 PM (Eastern) on June 28, 2020, and extending through the conclusion of the 2020 MLB regular season, a player acquired as the result of a waiver claim or a trade must be assigned to the club's MLB Club Player Pool.  

The "trade deadline" has been extended from July 31st to August 31st in 2020, and only players assigned to a club's MLB Club Player Pool may be traded.   

Beginning on June 28th and extending up through the first 20 days of the 2020 MLB regular season, the previous season's MLB standings will be used to determine waiver claim priority. Then beginning on the 21st day of the 2020 MLB regular season, the MLB standings as of the date the player clears waivers are used to determine waiver claim priority, with the previous season's MLB standings only used to break ties. 

If a player selected in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft spends at least 50 days on an MLB Active List during the 2020 MLB regular season, the player ceases to be a "Selected Player" at the conclusion of the 2020 MLB regular season. If time spent on an MLB Active List in 2020 is less than 50 days, the player remains a Selected Player into the next season.

The MLB regular season will be only 67 days in 2020, so MLB Service Time accrued in 2020 will be pro-rated (multiplied) based upon the ratio of 67 days to 186 days. (Each day accrued in 2020 will be worth approximately 2.78 days of MLB Service Time). 

Clubs must establish their Post_Season Eligibity List by September 15th. 

Up to three players on a club's MLB Practice Squad may be assigned indefinitely to a club's Taxi Squad. (If three players are added, at least one must be a catcher). These players may travel with the club on road trips. A catcher on the Taxi Squad may serve as a bullpen catcher at both home & road games. While Taxi Squad players do need to be assigned to the Club Player Pool, they do not need to be on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) 


40 players are on MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus 15 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) and are assigned to the MLB CLUB PLAYER POOL

30 players are on MLB ACTIVE LIST, plus ten players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to the Minors (but only six of the ten are assigned to the MLB CLUB PLAYER POOL)

Last updated 7-8-2020
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Tyler Chatwood
Jharel Cotton
Yu Darvish
Kyle Hendricks 
Jeremy Jeffress
Craig Kimbrel
* Jon Lester
Trevor Megill
Alec Mills
* Jose Quintana
* Kyle Ryan
Casey Sadler
Ryan Tepera 
Duane Underwood Jr 
Rowan Wick
* Brad Wieck
Dan Winkler

Adbert Alzolay 
Dillon Maples 
James Norwood
Colin Rea 

Jason Adam
* Rex Brothers 
Juan Gamez
* Danny Hultzen
* Brailyn Marquez 
Dakota Mekkes 
Michael Rucker



# Victor Caratini
Willson Contreras

Miguel Amaya 

P. J. Higgins 
Josh Phegley  


Javy Baez  
David Bote
Kris Bryant 
* Daniel Descalso
Nico Hoerner
* Anthony Rizzo

# Robel Garcia 

* Jason Kipnis 
Christopher Morel 
Hernan Perez



Albert Almora
# Ian Happ
* Jason Heyward
* Kyle Schwarber 
Steven Souza Jr

Brennen Davis
* Ian Miller 
Mark Zagunis


Tyson Miller, P  
Manuel Rodriguez, P
Zack Short, INF  
* Justin Steele, P  
NOTE: Miller, Rodriguez, Short, and Steele were not assigned to the CLUB PLAYER POOL.  


Why wasn't Jack Patterson added?  Was surprised to see that he was not.

d.ross says k.bryant will hit leadoff, and it was the plan since Spring Training 1.0

i imagine we're gonna see a lot of bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarber going 1-4.

per NBC sports: 

"Two Cubs staff members tested positive for COVID-19 and are expected to miss the beginning of camp, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer announced Monday.

No players have yet tested positive.

Both staff members who tested positive are considered Tier 1 individuals, Hoyer said. According to the 2020 Operations Manual, Tier 1 can include coaches, team physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists and strength and conditioning coaches.

The two positive tests were administered at home, not during the intake process, according to Hoyer. One staff member took the test because of a positive contact with someone. The other took the test out of an abundance of caution. Hoyer said

Hoyer described both staff members’ symptoms as “mild.” 

The Cubs began intake screening on Saturday, but Hoyer said he has not heard the results of the first wave of intake tests. Most players are scheduled to travel to Chicago on Monday and Tuesday, and then on Wednesday go through intake screening – which includes both diagnostic and antibody COVID-19 tests.

Cubs manager David Ross said he went through intake screening on Monday."

they should just run a full 162 game season and delcare the last team with enough healthy players to field a full team world series champs.  it should be over in 50-100 games.

I am afraid that as teams report and are tested, we will find out that this virus isn't a hoax that will be going away.

1956 Cub Hoax...

Hit .215, 5 HR. Age 28 season

December 9, 1955: Traded by the Brooklyn Dodgers with Russ Meyer and Walt Moryn to the Chicago Cubs for Don Elston and Randy Jackson.

November 13, 1956: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with Warren Hacker and Pete Whisenant to the Cincinnati Redlegs for Ray Jablonski and Elmer Singleton.

Jack Brickhouse: C'mon Moosie (Moryn, last out of 1960 Don Cardwell no-no)!

also, another great baseball name: Warren Hacker (who was a pitcher)

at least the cubs got elston back for pretty much nothing.  also, ha.

How many coachs, managers, and other "tier 1" individuals around the league are in higher risk groups? 

cubs pitching coach tommy hottovy was diagnosed with covid-19 earlier this spring, but he is currently assumed fully recovered.

he had a 100+ degree temperature for 6 days, lost 18 pounds, and it took 30 days for him to test negative.

he's 38 years old, btw.

"In yet another reminder of how insidious this particular disease can be, Hottovy says he had acted quite cautiously in public before coming down with it. Fortunately, he was able to self-isolate and avoid transmitting it to his family."

This is an important example of a younger person getting COVID. The impact may not be lethal but it's still devastating to even an athlete. Losing 18 lbs (and Hottovy is pretty slim) can take a year to fully recover. Plus, other organ system involvements are not well defined as yet. Some comparison might be Valley Fever or Mononucleosis.  Florida, Texas, AZ and California hot spots appear different than NY because it's now affecting even younger people.

though he went to the hospital for treatment he was never admitted, so he's yet another person who got dragged hard by Covid, but who's case isn't showing up in the hospital admission, ICU bed, or death numbers most of us are looking at.

there's a whole slew of people who have had to shut down their lives for 2-4-6-etc weeks to get over this that are falling outside of the numbers we're tracking most closely.

most people subjeted to it won't show anything, a huge amount will only have mild managable symptoms, but the danger isn't because it's some ebola-like mass's that it's soooooo easy to pass around that the odds for a community are poor even if the odds for the individual aren't that bad.

it'll be interesting to see how things go down when people have to start playing games in AZ.  they're damn close to being "early NYC level" screwed with a lack of planning and action.

with the early plan of playing games in AZ/FL, they could have been huge economic winners with 15+ teams playing all their games in AZ (and spring training 2.0).  now it's looking like some teams may not even want to fly into AZ for a few dozen "away" games.

Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?

And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.

Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.

Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.

Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.

jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March. 

Although Z. Short (and T. Miller, M. Rodriguez, and Steele) were left off the initial Club Player Pool list, they could still be added. It's only players who have been removed from the CPP list after being on it who are ineligible to return to the CPP list (of the same club) again later in the season. (A player on the MLB 40-man roster who is dropped from the Club Player Pool must be removed from the 40, and an NRI minor league player who is dropped from the Club Player Pool after being on it must be released if not traded).

But in order for Z. Short to participate in the July training camp (which I think would be kind of important in order to get into playing shape) and then be assigned to the Practice Squad (to stay in playing shape and be eligible to be recalled to the MLB Active List roster at some point) he must be assigned to the Club Player Pool. Players on the 40 who are not assigned to the Club Player Pool cannot be recalled from an Optional Assignment without first being placed on the CPP, and they also cannot be traded until they are added to the CPP. 

If Mills, Sadler, and Underwood (who are out of minor league options) do not make the Cubs MLB Opening Day Active List roster (or begin the season on an MLB IL), they would have to be placed on waivers and (if not claimed) they could be outrighted to the minors, just like in any other season. So not assigning Mills, Sadler, and Underwood to the Club Player Pool right now would mean they can't participate in the July training camp (and because they are pitchers, they really need to participate in July pre-season camp). And whether or not they are presently assigned to the Club Player Pool does not change the fact that they are out of minor league options and must make the Opening Day MLB Active List roster (or be placed on an MLB inactive list like an IL or the Restricted List) to avoid being exposed to Outright Assignment Waivers (which are irrevocable), or released, or traded. 

So the only way Mills, Sadler, and/or Underwood end up on the practive squad is if they get outrighted off the 40 (without getting claimed), and the only way they can get removed from the Club Player Pool is by being outrighted to the minors or traded. If they are outrighted to the minors and are not kept on the CPP, they would remain under club control but could not be added back to the Cubs CPP this season (and Sadler can elect to be a free-agent immediately if he is outrighted, and if outrighted, both Mills and Underwood would be a minor league 6YFA after the World Series).  

Also keep in mind that players who are placed on the 60-day IL (which will be the 45-day IL in 2020) or on the CoViD-19 Related IL (which has no minimum or maximum number of days requirement) will not count against the club's MLB 40-man roster or the 60-man CPP limits. 

Players on the MLB 40-man roster who opt-out of playing in 2020 because of the threat of CoVoD-19 will be placed on the Restricted List and will not count against the club's MLB 40-man roster or 60-man CPP. They will not be allowed to change their mind once they make their decision known (in writing), and they also will not accrue MLB Service Time or get paid (which will reduce a club's CBT payroll liability).

All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season. I was under the impression that once outrighted, under any circumstance, the player is removed from the Pool (in addition, of course, to the 40-man roster) and cannot come back on. 

jdrnym: Once the MLB regular season starts, the "Practice Squad" will be a sub-group of the Club Player Pool, as will be the MLB Active List roster and the various MLB injured lists. 

If Mills, Sadler, and/or Underwood are outrighted off the MLB 40-man roster because they did not make the Cubs Opening Day MLB Active List roster and were not placed on an MLB IL, they can remain in the Club Player Pool and be assigned to the Practice Squad (as a minor league player), and would be eligible to be added back to the 40 (and the MLB Active List roster) sometime later in the season, just as would be the case for the other minor leaguers assigned to the Practice Squad. (Sadler is eligible to elect free-agency if he is outrighted, however). 

If a minor league player (that is, a player signed to a 2020 minor league contract who is on a minor league affiliate's reserve list) who is assigned to the Club Player Pool (and to the Practice Squad once the MLB regular season starts) is removed from the CPP, he must be either released or traded.

And a player on the MLB 40-man roster who is assigned to the Club Player Pool but is on Optional Assignment to the minors (and thus assigned to the Practice Squad once the MLB regular season starts) can be removed from the CPP only by an Outright Asssignment to the minors (presuming he isn't claimed off waivers), a trade, or Outright Release. And if a player on the 40 is outrighted to the minors and is also removed from the Club Player Pool, he would be ineligible to return to the Club Player Pool again later in the regular season (and post-season), although he would remain under club control through the 2020 season and post-season (and even beyond that, unless he is eligible to be a minor league FA after the 2020 season).

If a player on the 40 is outrighted to the minors but he wasn't assigned to Club Player Pool prior to being outrighted (like Rea, M. Rodriguez, Z. Short and Steele), that player can subsequently be placed on the Club Player Pool (after he is outrighted) because he wasn't on the CPP prior to being outrighted.  

So (for example), if the Cubs wanted to remove Robel Garcia (who is on the MLB 40-man roster) from their Club Player Pool, he would have to be either outrighted to the minors, traded, or released. (And if he is outrighted AND removed from the CPP, he would be ineligible to return to the CPP later in the season).

If the Cubs (for example) wanted to remove Mark Zagunis (who -- unlike R. Garcia -- is not on the 40) from their Club Player Pool, he would have to be either released or traded.

If the Cubs (for example) want to remove Zack Short from the 40, he can be outrighted (presuming he isn't claimed of waivers) and then added to the Club Player Pool anytime later in the season because wasn't assigned to the CPP prior to being outrighted.  

Which is probably why the Cubs initially left ten slots open on their Club Player Pool. It will allow them to make trades and/or waiver claims and/or sign free agents to minor league contracts and assign them to the Practice Squad without having to remove somebody who is already there. 

Also keep in mind that only players who are assigned to the Club Player Pool can be traded (trade deadline is August 31st). A player who is not on the Club Player Pool can be a PTBNL in a trade, however (although the trade cannot be completed and he cannot be assigned to his new club until after the season). 

A player acquired in a trade or claimed off waivers MUST be assigned to his new club's Club Player Pool immediately. But a free-agent who signs a minor league contract does not have to be added to the Club Player Pool, although he would not be able to participate in the July pre-season camp (MLB Summer Camp) or be assigned to the Practice Squad unless and until he is assigned to the CPP.  

Per Sun-Times: Jose Quintana out two weeks after cutting a digital nerve in his pitching  left thumb and requiring microsurgery to repair the nerve, from a kitchen dishwashing accident last week. Hard to say what impact that might have on his repertoire. The sensation can take 2-3 months to return if the repair is successful.

A digital nerve sounds like something that would be repaired with a copper wire and solder.

Non Baseball related injury.  Does he still get paid?

Q-MAN: Yes, unless "washing the dishes" is listed as a forbidden off-field activity in his contract 

or washing the dishes turns out to be popping wheelies on a motorcycle riding around scottsdale...

jeff kent deserves to be in the HOF...lou whitaker needs to get in first...

I'm thinking players should demand that this be added to their list.  "Sorry Honey, can't do it."

Thanks Phil.

oh boy...chatwood and a.mills in the rotation...because the minor league system sure as hell don't have much to offer for competition.

Are ther any FA starting pitchers that would be an addition to take a starting spot?

the cubs were searching car seats for coins to sign the scraps they managed to get this offseason.  i imagine doing everything "in house" might be on the table.

the ricketts will need all the money they can spare to dump into GOP elections, too.  priorities.  btw, yes the family has been dumping 100s of thousand (to the tune of millions combined) over the past few months into state elections in areas they don't live in.  wisconsin, nevada, new york, georgia, etc...millions...many millions of dollars all over the country.

if anyone's bored they should check into what the ricketts are doing in nebraska where one of the sons, pete, is governor.  pete and the family are dumping massive loot and resources into all aspects of local elections, even down to a city/county level, in order to build a solid collation of sycophants who are loyal to pete.  there's organized coordination with state GOP leadership of how to put in "approved" candidates and attack other GOP candidates not favored as much...even going as far as putting $$ and resources into primary candidates for negative attack ads.

once again, priorities.

...all that aside, colin rea is probably as decent of an option as anyone viable that's a cheap replacement FA if they need a arm aside from the pool of chatwood - a.mills - j.cotton in those last 2 slots.  a.alzolay also exists and is technically MLB-ready.

danny salazar is still out there as far as guys with potential above-average upside, but no one bit on him this offseason so he may have some risk involved that isn't evident.  he's supposedly healthy, but he has a long history of elbow and shoulder issues.

With 17 pitchers likely on the 30-man MLB Active List roster for the first two weeks and then probably 15 pitchers on the 28-man Active List for the next two weeks after that, the Cubs should be able to "bullpen" games quite a bit for the first month. They won't really need five starters. 

In fact they probably won't need a full starting rotation (five starters) until the week of 8/23 when rosters cut back to 26, and even then they just need to cover the final five weeks of the regular season. It's not like they'll need a starting rotation to cover six months worth of games. 

It will truly be a "sprint to the finish" beginning on Opening Day.  

Q coming back in 4-6 weeks will be like a mid-season trade!  sigh...

but yeah, they should be good in-house with expanded rosters unless they get slammed by IL stuff.

Andrew Cashner still hasn't signed with anyone. Could be useful.

Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?

rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.

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  • crunch 1 hour 18 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.


  • Ryno 1 hour 56 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?


  • Ryno 2 hours 4 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 


  • Eric S 2 hours 25 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 


  • Cubster 2 hours 31 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.


  • Eric S 3 hours 58 min ago (view)


    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:


  • crunch 8 hours 34 min ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...


  • Eric S 17 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season


  • BobbyD 18 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 


  • crunch 21 hours 4 min ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.


  • crunch 21 hours 7 min ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "



  • crunch 21 hours 8 min ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.


  • BobbyD 22 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like. 


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    cubs taking full advantage of that "night games deal" with the wrigleyville neighborhood...almost all the home games will be night games.

    8 home day games, 6 on the weekend.


  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    deleted that link.  it was a republished-to-feed article, not a new one, so it's not very useful.