Cubs 2020 Club Player Pool
The Cubs have signed veteran RHRP Kelvin Herrera to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool and the MLB Practice Squad.
Herrera was released by the White Sox last Sunday.
So the Cubs 60-man MLB Club Player Pool is now full.
Also, to get down to the 28-man MLB Active List roster limit effective as of the 15th day of the 2020 MLB regular season (today 8/6), the Cubs have optioned LHP Rex Brothers and LHP Justin Steele to their South Bend Alternate Training Site.
Steele was up for only four days and did not pitch in a game, and Brothers had not pitched in a game in over a week.
Some roster rules changes were made and approved by MLB owners last night and are effective today:
1. The 28-man MLB Active List roster limit will remain in effect beginning today (Thursday 8/6) and extending through the post-season. There will NOT be a further cut to 26 on the 29th day of the MLB regular season as was originally planned.
2. Clubs will be able to add a 29th player for doubleheaders. (The "extra man" rule for doubleheaderrs was only supposed to go into effect once rosters were cut to 26 on 8/20).
3. The MLB Taxi Squad roster limit has been expanded from three to five.
It won't affect the number of players still in the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool (59 with one slot open), but RHP James Norwod (right shoulder inflammation) has been placed on the MLB 10-day IL and LHP Justin Steele has been recalled from his Optional Assignment.
The Cubs have purchased the contract of LHRP Matt Dermody from the Sugar Land Skeeters (Atlantic League) and he been assiogned to the AAA Iowa Reserve List and to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool and to the MLB Practice Squad.
So the Cubs MLB Player Pool now stands at 59 (one slot is open).
The Cubs have signed free-agent RHRP Cody Allen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been added to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool and to the MLB Practice Squad.
So the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool now stands at 58 (two slots are open).
The Cubs have recalled RHP Colin Rea from his Optional Assignment and RHP Dillon Maples has been optioned to the AAA Iowa roster and has been assigned to the Cubs MLB Practice Squad in South Bend.
It won't affect the number of players still in the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool (57 with three slots open), but LHP Brad Wieck (right hamstring strain) has been placed on the MLB 10-day IL and RHP Ryan Tepera has been recalled from his Optional Assignment.
Also INF-OF Robel Garcia (Designated for Assignment last Wednesday) has been claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cubs have signed free-agent INF-OF Derek Dietrich and OF Ryan LaMarre to 2020 minor league contracts, and they have been added to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool and to the Cubs MLB Practice Squad.
Also, LHRP Burl Carraway (Cubs 2020 2nd round draft pick - Dallas Baptist University) has been added to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool and to the Cubs Practice Squad.
So the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool now stands at 57 (three slots are open).
The Cubs have selected the contracts of LHP Rex Brothers and C Josh Phegley from AAA Iowa, INF Robel Garcia has been Designated for Assignment, INF Daniel Descalso (left ankle sprain) has been placed on the 60-day IL (45-day IL in 2020), LHP Jose Quintana (left thumb laceration/surgery) has been placed on the 10-day IL, RHP Jharel Cotton and RHP Ryan Tepera have been optioned to AAA Iowa, RHP Dillon Maples and RHP James Norwood have been recalled from AAA Iowa, and minor league OF Mark Zagunis has opted-out of playing in the 2020 season and so he has been placed on the AAA Iowa Restricted List.
Phegley has no minor league options left and he has Article XIX-A rights so he cannot be outrighted to the minors without his consent, Brothers has one minor league option left and has Article XX-D rights so he cannot refuse an optional assignment but he can elect free-agency if he is sent outright to the minors, and R. Garcia does not have the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted although he would be eligible to be a minor league second contract FA post-World Series if he is not added back to the 40 in the meantime.
So R. Garcia, Zagunis, and Descalso no longer count against the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool limit (so the Cubs have six CPP slots open), although R. Garcia would count against the CPP limit again if he is not claimed off waivers and is sent outright to the minors, and Descalso will count against the CPP limit again if and when he is reinstated from the 45-day IL.
The Cubs have selected the contract of minor league INF Jason Kipnis from AAA Iowa, and RHP Trevor Megill (selected by the Cubs in the Major League Phase of the December 2019 Rule 5 Draft from the San Diego Padres AAA El Paso affiliate) has been sent outright to AAA Iowa after Outright Assignment Waivers were secured and the Padres declined to re-claim him. (The Cubs sent a cash payment above & beyond the $100K Rule 5 Draft price they paid the Padres last December -- probably somewhere in the vicinity of $50,000 -- prior to the Padres declining the opportunity to re-claim Megill).
Both Kipnis and Megill were already assigned to the Cubs Club Player Pool, and so nothing changed with respect to the Cubs CPP .
The Cubs have added two more players to their Club Player Pool:
RHSP Cory Abbott
RHSP Tyson Miller
Abbott is eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft if he isn't added to the MLB 40-man roster by 11/20, while T. Miller is already on the 40.
As was the case with Justin Steele, Keegan Thompson, and Jack Patterson (who were added to the CPP earlier this week), both Abbott and T. Miller have been developed as starting pitchers by the Cubs, and so they are in the mix as potential MLB SP candidates for the Cubs this season.
So the Cubs Club Player Pool now stands at 57 (three slots are open).
The Cubs have signed catcher Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to the Club Player Pool and will report to the Cubs Summer Camp.
So the Cubs Club Player Pool now stands at 55 (five slots are open).
The Cubs have added three more players to their Club Player Pool (Summer Camp):
LHSP Jack Patterson
LHSP Justin Steele
RHSP Keegan Thompson
Steele is on the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), K. Thompson is Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2020, and Patterson will not be Rule 5 Draft eligible until post-2021.
So the Cubs Club Player Pool now stands at 54 (six slots are open).
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).
6/29 ORIGINAL POST:
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 MLB Summer Camp in July, 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 22 players are NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) and are assigned to the MLB CLUB PLAYER POOL and to the MLB PRACTICE SQUAD
28 players are on MLB ACTIVE LIST, plus three players are on the MLB 10-DAY IL and nine players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to the minors (and seven of the nine are assigned to the MLB CLUB PLAYER POOL and to the MLB PRACTICE SQUAD)
One player is on the MLB 60-DAY IL (will be 45-day IL in 2020)
Last updated 8-6-2020
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CUBS CLUB PLAYER POOL
* Jon Lester
* Kyle Ryan
Duane Underwood Jr
MLB 10-DAY IL: 3
* Jose Quintana
* Brad Wieck
PRACTICE SQUAD: 20
* Rex Brothers
* Justin Steele
* Burl Carraway
* Matt Dermody
* Danny Hultzen
* Brailyn Marquez
* Jack Patterson
# Victor Caratini
PRACTICE SQUAD: 3
P. J. Higgins
# Jose Lobaton
* Jason Kipnis
* Anthony Rizzo
PRACTICE SQUAD: 3
* Derek Dietrich
# Ian Happ
* Jason Heyward
* Kyle Schwarber
Steven Souza Jr
PRACTICE SQUAD: 3
* Ian Miller
DO NOT COUNT AGAINST CUBS MLB PLAYER POOL:
OPTIONED (INACTIVE): 2
Manuel Rodriguez, P
Zack Short, INF
NOTE: M. Rodriguez and Z. Short are on the Cubs MLB RESERVE LIST (40-man roster) but are not assigned to the MLB CLUB PLAYER POOL.
60-DAY IL (will be the 45-DAY IL in 2020): 1
* Daniel Descalso, INF
Eric S 4 hours 41 min ago (view)
Never played roto baseball but enjoy listening to roto podcasts for the very same reasons you list.
crunch 7 hours 11 min ago (view)
ex-cub-for-a-minute derek holland (PIT) had a bad 1st inning today...homer, single, homer, homer, homer in his first 11 pitches.
crunch 7 hours 36 min ago (view)
i played for decades in various formats. i got crazy busy 3 years ago, took a year off, and never got back into it.
it's a great way to stay engaged with all the players and introduce yourself to emerging talent other people see that may not be on your radar.
Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 3 min ago (view)
It feels like you have no time to let players you know are good figure out how to get out of slumps. It's not ideal, and feels very much like it's not baseball.
crunch 1 day 45 min ago (view)
at least this HOU/OAK game has been great since the DET/PIT game has ended. sigh.
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
at least this DET/PIT game has been great. no cubs til tuesday at the earliest...boo.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
jdrnym: A player being on the Restricted List for a full season makes that season not a qualified season toward minor league free-agency, so will Mark Zagunis (who otherwise would be eligible to be a minor league 6YFA for the first time post-2020) being on the Restricted List as the result of opting-out of the 2020 season (he was assigned to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool in July) keep him from being a minor league 6YFA post-2020? If not, then Zagunis needs to opt back in even if he is no longer assigned to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool.
jdrnym 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
Baseball America confirms that 2020 will be considered a "qualified season" for the purposes of determining minor league free agency.
crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
"Cardinals' president of baseball operations John Mozeliak announced Friday that Ryan Helsley and Austin Dean are the two players that tested positive for COVID-19."
Cubster 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
I presume they come back to Chicago for the weekend and travel to Cleveland on Tuesday.
Saved from an August weekend in Stl. Plus, it might eliminate any road games vs Stl. They might do makeups during the 3 game series at Wrigley Mon 8-17 to Wed 8-19 (Thursday 8-20 is a scheduled off day for the Cubs but StL plays the Reds in StL at night) or the 4 game series against the Cardinals at Wrigley Friday 9-4 through Mon 9-7.
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
i can't even imagine what it's like playing fantasy baseball this season.
Arizona Phil 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
So the Cubs are off until Tuesday.
Hagsag 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
Make the Deadbirds forfeit all three games.
crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
Based upon the way MLB handled the Marlins positive tests and the Phillies only potential exposure, I wouldn't be surprised if all three of the Cubs-Cards games this weekend will ultimately be canceled.
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
Tonight's Cubs-Cardinals game postponed due to an additional Cards positive CoViD-19 test.
The additional STL player who tested positive had apparently been out in public with the others who tested positive earlier this week when they were infected, so while the new positive test is not a surprise, the lag/delay in the player testing positive is probably a bit concerning/disappointing.