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40-Man Roster Info

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

28 players are on the MLB ACTIVE LIST, plus seven are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, two are on the 10-DAY IL, and three are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 9-22-20239
* bats or throws left
# bats both

Javier Assad
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Nico Hoerner
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom
* Jared Young

* Cody Bellinger
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

Keven Alcantara, OF 
Ben Brown, P  
Brennen Davis, OF 
Jeremiah Estrada, P
Caleb Kilian, P 
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Michael Rucker, P

10-DAY IL: 2
Jeimer Candelario, 1B
Nick Madrigal, INF

15-DAY IL: 3
Adbert Alzolay, P
Brad Boxberger, P 
Michael Fulmer, P 

60-DAY IL: 4
Nick Burdi, P
Codi Heuer, P
* Brandon Hughes, P
Ethan Roberts, P

Minor League Rosters

Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

25 Cubs Minor Leaguers Get NRI Tix to MLB Spring Training


* bats or throws left 
# bats both 

Joe Biagini 
James Bourque 
* Rex Brothers 
Juan Gamez 
Jake Jewell 
* Brendon Little
Trevor Megill 
Shelby Miller 
* Adam Morgan 
Tommy Nance 
Michael Rucker 
* D. J. Snelten 
* Jerry Vasto 

# Tayler Gushue 
P. J. Higgins 
# Jose Lobaton 

Abiatal Avelino 
Matt Duffy
Trent Giambrone 
* Alfonso Rivas  
Patrick Wisdom 

Michael Hermosillo 
* Nick Martini 
* Ian Miller 
* Rafael Ortega 


With The Two Jakes (Marisnick and Arrieta) needing 40-man roster slots once their contracts are signed, sealed, and filed, I would expect the Cubs to try and sneak Phillip Ervin and Sergio Alcantara through waivers (and if outrighted, neither have the right to elect free-agency). 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

I expect Alcantara to be outrighted (just middle infield depth), but I'm really hoping they choose to outright either Underwood or Maples (out of options) before they outright Ervin (who I think will end up being the 4th/5th outfielder and a good platoon partner with Heyward or Pederson at some point in the season).

I don't know how we can keep both Underwood and Maples AND Fenter all year without the flexibility to option them to the minors when needed. Underwood had a great opportunity last year, but didn't fair all that well. Maples can't seem to control his pitches well enough to stick in the majors. And, we have tons of depth at AAA that could produce similar results to those two guys anyway.

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In reply to by Wrigley Rat

I think Underwood has shown enough in each of the last two years to keep his spot, just needs more consistency and the reps to achieve that. Plus I'm pretty sure he's like 26. Agreed on Maples though. I think he's probably gotta go. I want to see Ervin as a Cub, I've always liked his game.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

maples has one of the nastiest sliders in the game...and very little consistency with it, or his other pitches.

if he gets stable he's a hell of a closer prospect even if he's not much of a "prospect" at age 28 (29 in may).  i'm kinda tired of waiting for him to break though, though...not sure it's going to happen.

cards signed matt szczur to a minor league deal.

his un-ending cubs love just got slightly complicated...

Who are some of the notable NRI snubs? Brennen Davis for sure is one... blanking on some others.

So let's just say for fun Shelby Miller makes the team.  Who makes the rotation Hendricks...then what between Davies (Gotta assume he is ($8mil isn't a swingman price, then again they gave $13mil to Chatwood) Miller, Mills, Alzolay, Underwood, Marquez, and I can't believe they'd pay Arrieta $6 mil to be a long relief and doubt he'd accept anything but a starting gig.

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In reply to by cubbies.4ever

imagine arrieta's breaking up the slower hedricks/davies.

hendricks / arrieta / davies / t.williams ....mills/alzolay/miller

t.williams isn't exactly a lock to be good enough to make or stay in the rotation given recent performance, but they seem to like the gamble.  i still can't beleive we got rid of home-run-prone lester to pick up the even worse home-run-prone williams.

Also have they sorted out the options ordeal yet?  I think that becomes rather important regarding Alzolay if I'm correct this year being as he will have I think 0 or 1

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In reply to by cubbies.4ever

cubbies.4ever: I haven't heard yet about whether 2020 will be considered a "full season" (and therefore as a Qualified Season) as far as it pertains to players like Adbert Alzolay who might or might not be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2021, but I do know that players who spent less than 20 days on Optional Assignment to the minors in 2020 are getting credit for only one day of MLB Service Time (not each day multiplied by 2.78) for each day spent on Optional Assignment. So it would appear that the only changes from the letter of the CBA and MB Rules in 2020 was that MLB Service Time was multiplied by 2.78, but only for days spent on an MLB Active List roster and MLB IL, but not for days spent on Optional Assignment to the minors (if a player spent less than 20 days on Optional Assignment), and minor league players who were eligible to be minor league free-agents post-2020 were given credit for a qualified season toward minor league free-agency in 2020 even though the 2020 minor league season was canceled before it ever started. Whether all minor league players (the ones not eligible to be Rule 55 minor league free-agents post-2020 but who will be eligible to be free-agents in coming years) will get credit for a qualified season toward minor league free-agency in 2020 is unclear, as is whether 2020 will be considered a "full season" as it relates to 4th minor league option eligibility for guys like Alzolay. Keep in mind that 4th minor league option eligibility only applies to players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who have not yet accrued five "full seasons" but have used three minor league options, with a "full season" being defined as any season where a player spent at least 90 days on an MLB and/or minor league Active List roster(s), or at least 30 days on an MLB and/or minor league Active List roster(s) followed by an IL assignment where the total number of days (combined) spent on an Active List roster(s) and Injured List totals at least 90 days. So guys like Dillon Maples, Duane Underwood Jr, Sergio Alcantara, and Phillip Ervin are not eligible for a 4th minor leagued option because they accrued five "full seasons" by the time they had used their third minor league option. Players on the Cubs MLB 40-man roste who would be eligible for a 4th minor league option if 2020 is not considered to be a "full season" are Adbert Alzolay in 2021, Justin Steele in 2022 (but only if his third option is spent in 2021), Miguel Amaya and Manuel Rodriguez in 2023 (but only if third option is spent in 2022), and Nico Hoerner, Brailyn Marquez, Christopher Morel, and Keegan Thompson in 2024 (but only if third option is spent in 2023), but none of them would be eligible for a 4th minor league option if 2020 was considered a "full season" as it pertains to 4th minor league option eligibility.

Williams is supposed to benefit from  Master Yoda's pitch lab. Shelby needs to bring his GT.

Any accuracy to the Cubs having only on DSL/AZL affiliate?

Is this a choice, or a league mandate?

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In reply to by tim815

TIM: The short-season leagues (AZL, GCL, and DSL) haven't been fully configured yet, but the Cubs do have 140+ players (includes several players who were "Signed for Future Service" prior to 12/31 and thus don't yet count against short-season minor league reserve list limits) assigned to the reserve lists of AZL Cubs Blue, AZL Cubs Red, DSL Cubs Blue, and DSL Cubs Red.

The Cubs have only named Lance Rymel (AZL Cubs) and Carlos Ramirez (DSL Cubs) as short-season managers because it is not yet officially confirmed (although it is very likely) that there will be two Cubs teams in both the AZL: and DSL.

Because the minor league regular seasons for full season leagues will start at least a month late, It's possible that the AZL, GCL, and DSL will operate more as de facto EXST/Instructs leagues for the entire 2021 season (TBD).

For Craig Kimbrel's 2022 $16M option to vest he will have to finish 79 games (GF) in 2021, and that is after multiplying Kimbrel's GF in 2020 by 2.78.

Kimbrel needed to finish at least 110 games (combined) in 2020-21 for the 2022 option to vest, and he only finished 11 games in 2020 (which is pro-rated to 31 GF). So if he doesn't finish at least 79 games in 2021, 2022 becomes a club option, with a buy-out if option is declined.   

So from the Cubs 2022 payroll POV, the only issue with Kimbrel is not whether his 2022 $16M option will vest (it won't), but rather whether he will finish 53 games in 2021. If he finishes at least 53 games the buy-out is $2M, and it's $1M If he finishes less than 53 games. 

So the Cubs can use Kimbrel as much as they wish this season (even as the primary closer if he is effective in that role) without having to worry about getting stuck with his $16M salary in 2022. 

Jeremy Jeffress hasn't signed yet. Does Anyone know if his market just hasn't landed yet or if he's asking for a boatload of $$ or something else (behind the scenes) that is at issue? He was reliable and solid last year. Some recent rumors sound like the Red Sox are sniffing around. Any on the rumor list seems interesting though and I've always liked lefty Tony Watson but he's always too pricey for the dumpster divers.

Getting the band together again? Oh snap! If you like the Jake Arrieta signing, you'll love bringing back Pedro Strop.

(the list of top relievers remaining on the market includes righties Jeffress, Workman, Trevor Rosenthal, Shane Greene and Tyler Clippard and left-hander Tony Watson.)

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In reply to by crunch

re: Pedro - totally agree.  He is #4 in all-time appearances by a CHC reliever (#6 overall including two pre-WWII pitchers/unbreakable-Terminators).  In front of him are:

Lee Smith ('nuff said)

Don Elston (solid RP; longeviity; some very good season)

Carlos Marmol (thank you for the fun memories at a dark period in Cubs history, but I already feel the anxiety rising in my chest)

And just after him in RP games are Ryan Dempster * (~ 225 games as RP & ~150 G as SP) and then James Russell  (I would NOT have ever guessed that... he got WORKED in those first 5 yrs).  Working down the list of RP games played... Farnsworth, Sutter (HOF), Kerry Wood*, Rondon, Sean Marshall... and then it peters out to RPs who had 2ish solid years with CHC (eg, Bob Howry) & guys who sucked up lots of unspectacular innings (eg, Will Ohman - who is currenly in the CHC top 50 all-time for # of G by a P... huh.)

Setting aside some good overall production from Dempster/Wood with discussion to be had about RP/SP splits... that leaves 2 HOF-ers & Pedro. Nobody else really even comes close.

pitchers and catchers report today.  woo.

r.wick held back (oblique strain) and k.ryan on covid protocol (no idea what's going on there).

teams are being rather aggressive with players who have had covid.  it's not just active/exposure cases...they're giving health checkups to make sure anyone who's had it has healthy heart/lungs/etc after recovery...robust checkups for player health.

AZ Phil: Keith Law's newest Cub Prospect Ranking has Michael Avene at #17. Any new thoughts on him for 2021 especially your projection as a reliever or starter.

Cubs sign Brandon Workman per Patrick Mooney at $1M, The allure of ex-Bosox is still strong with the Force says Yoda. Baby Yoda just moves the deck chairs around in circles. 

and Pedro Strop also agrees to a deal, minor league contract with spring training invite.

1965 Cub and Hypnotist Bill Faul as well as Paul Reuschel and Carlos Marmol were on that short list.

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In reply to by Cubster

actually a bit surprised alcantara's gone.

on the MLB level there's baez/hoerner.  on the "AAAA" minors-to-majors-as-needed pipeline ildemaro vargas is more of a 2nd/3rd type than a 2nd/SS type (kinda like bote).

maybe they're gonna cross their fingers and hope baez/hoerner can handle things without free'ing up a 40-man roster spot for a "AAAA" SS ahead of need.

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In reply to by crunch

They've got another SS with MLB experience on hand in Iowa, Abietal Avelino. There's probably not a huge difference between him and Alcantara in terms of an emergency SS. I also think Vargas can probably handle it in a pinch. That was his primary position in the minors. But I imagine they also hope Alcantara sneaks through waivers with most 40 man rosters filled up (and most teams passed on him the last time he was on waivers).

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In reply to by crunch

Although it is possible that Sergio Alcantara could get claimed off waivers, he is out of minor league options, and other than a September "cup of coffee" with the Tigers in 2020, he has not played above AA. 

So while he is only 24 and actually still is a decent prospect, Alcantara is not a particularly attactive waiver claim candidate because he probably needs a year of AAA, and since he is out of options he can't be sent back & forth to the minors during the season. 

If the Cubs are able to secure waivers and outright Alcantara to the minors, he does - NOT - have the right to elect free-agency, although he would be a Rule 55 6YFA after the World Series if he is not added back to the 40 before then. 

Does anyone, AZP in other words, know what % of ticket/gate receipts goes to visiting teams in MLB? 

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In reply to by bradsbeard

A club contributes a percentage of its net revenue (that is, minus expenses) to a central fund, and from that fund clubs receive a percentage based upon whether the club is a revenue sharing receiver or payor, or neither.

The percentage of net revenue paid by a club is a "blending" of 50% of the club's net revenue from the previous season, 25% of the club's net revenue from two season's back, and 25% of a club's net revenue from three season's back, which usually comes out to approximately 30% of a club's net revenue.  

A club's net revenue includes ticket sales, but also other revenue as well. 

Thx, BB. Hoping that's the case cuz I wanna go see the Cubs play @ the Twins in August but I don't want the Cubs to get any of my $.

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In reply to by Mike Wellman

MIKE W: A club's gross revenue includes gate receipts, but the visiting team does not receive a direct portion of the gate receipt from a given game.

About 30% of net revenue (minus expenses) over the course of an MLB regular season (not including the post-season) from all 30 clubs is mixed together in a common pool and then is redistributed as revenue sharing (so some clubs get more than what they put in, others get less), but the actual money spent by a fan on a ticket for a particular game is thoroughly mixed into the stew.

Thx, AZP. Sounds murky & convoluted enuf to let myself believe that none of the $ I pay to the Twins will go directly to the Ricke, I mean Cubs. That's all I need to know.

happ wins his arb case (4.1m vs 3.25m)...kinda surprised he won.

cubs gonna have to trade bryant, baez, and contreras now.

btw, tom ricketts is currently blaming his recent bond brokerage (Incapital LLC) slow growth on spending the past decade pouring $$ into the cubs.  so, that's another great sign from our finacially challenged (yet still billionaire) overlords going forward.

The Cubs have signed OF Cameron Maybin to a 2021 minor league contract.

Because he was an Article XX-B MLB free-agent post-2020, he gets the automatic $100K retention bonus and June 1st player opt-out if he is not released or added to the MLB 40-man roster by MLB Opening Day. 

Recent comments

  • crunch 09/26/2023 - 09:59 pm (view)

    adam wainwright is calling it quits.  he had another start (or 2) ahead of him, but he's going out with that last great outing at home (7ip 4h 2bb 3k, 0r/er).  the fans gave him a lot of love.

  • Finwe Noldaran 09/26/2023 - 09:46 pm (view)

    Phil: With Brown, Killian, Thompson, Thompson, Assad, Wicks, and Wesneski (with Horton and others knocking on the door) competing to join Steele and Taillon in the rotation, do you anticipate us keeping either Stroman or Hendricks, or looking to add an SP in free agency?

    And is Smyly signed for next year? 

  • crunch 09/26/2023 - 09:15 pm (view)

    ATL 1-5 hitters have 30+ homers...1 of those with 40 homers, and another with 53 homers.  they have a guy with 21 homers hitting 8th.

    good luck cubs.  mega-extra good luck wednesday taillon...and wesn + smyly out of the pen.

  • Childersb3 09/26/2023 - 09:27 am (view)

    Padres want to restructure while still competing, yet decrease payroll.
    Snell and Hader are FAs.
    Soto has one year left on deal.
    Our bullpen is in dire need of someone like Hader.
    Snell would cost a ton and maybe Steele's presence makes Snell unnecessary, yet you cannot have enough pitching (I'd like Yamamoto)
    But, we can put a deal together for Soto. We'd have to pony up the cash to keep him to make the trade worth it long term, but we can make a value deal for the Padres.

    Morel, Canario, Mervis, Vazquez, one MiLB SP (Sanders-Arias-Gray-maybe Ferris), and Stroman (or Hendricks)
    So, it's a six for one deal.
    The issue here is that five of these guys have to be on the Padres 40man roster. That might be too much for them. So maybe BJ Murray instead of Vazquez.
    Morel is blocked from a defensive position. So he's our DH. He'd be replaced by Soto.

    We'd still keep Alcantara and ONKC to replace Happ and Suzuki eventually.
    We'd still need to figure out 3B. Maybe bring back Candelario.
    I'd resign Belli for 1B or CF if PCA isn't "ready" in Spring Training.
    Wisdom can stay to help Soto with DH spots vs LH arms.

    You'd have LH bats at DH, 1B, 3B (switch), LF (switch), CF (PCA or Tauch) with 20 HR pop at DH, 1B, LF and 15 HR pop at 3B and CF.  That's pretty solid.
    It'll cost too much for the Ricketts to keep Bellinger and Soto but that would be fun to watch.

  • crunch 09/26/2023 - 09:48 am (view)

    missing the playoffs because of an on-paper tiebreaker loss would be peak cubbery.

  • Hagsag1946 09/26/2023 - 09:10 am (view)

    Thanks Phil. I look forward to these reports.

  • Mike Wellman 09/25/2023 - 09:24 pm (view)

    Playoffs essentially start tomorrow for Cubs. Better pack for a week in Milwaukee.

  • Arizona Phil 09/25/2023 - 09:34 pm (view)

    azbobbop: If Stroman does not opt out, the Cubs can trade him without any restrictions.

    Stroman will make $21M in 2024 if he does not opt out, and Hendricks will make $16M if the Cubs exercise the club option. 

    Also, it would cost the Cubs a $1.5M buy-out if they decline the Hendricks club option, so they would only be saving $14.5M by declining the option, not the full $16M.

  • azbobbop 09/25/2023 - 09:08 pm (view)

    Phil, if Stroman opts in, does have any trade protection?

  • Arizona Phil 09/25/2023 - 09:52 pm (view)

    CRUNCH: Unfortunately all of the tie-breakers work against the Cubs in the case of a tie with AZ, MIA, and/or CIN.