Cubs MLB Roster

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40-Man Roster Info

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

* bats or throws left
# bats both

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

Cubs vs. Dodgers: Series Thread (Games 29-31)

The Cubs dropped the final game in Cincinnati in dramatic fashion, letting the back-and-forth slugfest fade away with a soft single from Castellanos. It was a more competitive series than many we've seen from the Cubs this year. But it was also costly. They are now 4 games under .500 at 12-16, in last place, and likely down Ian Happ (3-5 with a homer in the game) who had to be taken off the field after a nasty collision with Nico Hoerner in shallow center field. The extent of Happ's injuries have not yet been reported in detail, but it would be shocking if he were right back at it for the next game. Jake Marisnick is the most likely to see playing time in center if Happ is out, but Joc Pederson is eligible to return and the Cubs could get creative in the corner outfield spots if they want to start Heyward in CF.

The 17-12 LA Dodgers roll into Wrigley with a trio of aces ready to kick the Cubs while they are down. LA enters the series third in the NL in runs scored and first in WRC+. They're also third in the NL in ERA. Cubs fans have been hoping to see the team find their footing going back to April 17, when a 13-4 win vs. Atlanta looked like a sign of the offense breaking out. More than two weeks later, the north siders are still trying to get their legs under them, now with some of the toughest competition in the league in their way. See below for nightmare fuel the pitching matchups.


Game 29, Monday, May 3, 6:40 pm central

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-3, 7.54 ERA)

LAD: RHP Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.16 ERA)

Hendricks continued a frustrating start to the season, having possibly his worst start thus far in a loss to Atlanta. He allowed 7 earned runs for the second time this year, this time going only 3.2 innings. Issuing zero walks would be a silver lining if not for the fact he got hammered to the tune of 11 hits, including three homeruns. He's had two perfectly fine starts this year, which give some hope that his command might return at any time.

Walker Buehler has come into 2021 like he made a resolution not to issue any free passes. He's struck out 31 and walked only 2 in 31.1 innings. In his last start he allowed 5 earned runs while striking out 10 Cinicinnati Reds. Most current Cubs have seen little of Buehler. Tony Wolters is 1 for 17. Kris Bryant is 3 for 6.


Game 30, Tuesday, May 4, 6:40 pm central

CHC: RHP Adbert Alzolay (1-2, 4.71 ERA)

LAD: LHP Clayton Kershaw (4-2, 2.09 ERA)

Adbert Alzolay pitched 6 innings to earn a win against Atlanta's Bryse Wilson on April 29. It was his third solid start in a row. He leaned heavily on his breaking ball, with pitch tracking counting more than 50% of his pitches as sliders. He has a few shapes to that breaking ball though--I'm not convinced a few of those weren't variants of his curve. This will be the Dodgers' first look at Alzolay.

Kershaw had looked to be on the decline from 2017-2019, putting up very good numbers but nothing quite like his peak years. Then in 2020 he pitched like a beast and he has kept up that act so far in 2021. He pitched seven scoreless innings against the Reds in his last start, earning his fourth win on the season and his 179th in his career. Javy (4 for 8), Bryant (2 for 4), Contreras (3 for 7), and Rizzo (4 for 8) have all had some success in limited regular season appearances against the veteran lefty.


Game 31, Wednesday, May 5, 6:40 pm central

CHC: RHP Jake Arrieta (3-3, 4.31 ERA)

LAD: RHP Trevor Bauer (3-1, 2.48 ERA)

After making five straight solid starts, Arrieta turned in a clunker his sixth time out. He allowed three homeruns and seven earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched, bloating his ERA by almost a run and a half. Hopefully, he can get back to competitive if not dominating starts. Max Muncy is 4 for 10 with two homeruns and Corey Seager is 4 for 8 with a single homerun off of Arrieta.

Trevor Bauer cashed in on his Cy Young performance in the shortened 2020 to sign with the NL's foremost behemoth. In the early going, he's nearly picked up where he left off. He's struck out well over a batter per inning while limiting walks and holding opponents to an absurd 14.9% line drive rate. Last time, he went 8 innings deep in a loss to the Brewers in which he allowed two earned runs on only 4 hits and 2 walks. Rizzo is 6 for 14 with 2 homeruns off of Bauer.

Comments

Apparently Joc Pederson is back for the Dodger game tonight. Keegan Thompson to alt site.

K.B. in a 4-way tie for the MLB lead in HRs after yesterday's game. Rain day question: What kind of package do we think the Cubs could realistically get for him at the deadline if he's still looking like an MVP contender at that point? (Obviously, there's still time for the Cubs to rebound and for MIL to blow their division lead.)

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In reply to by Charlie

my entire cubs trade handicapping world is still shook by the trading of a starter locked up multiple years on the cheap for a slew of 18-20 year olds and a "replacement" middle rotation guy that has a 88mph fastball.

coming off a season where they were a first place club they traded for years away, not next year...

we shooting to be competitive in 2025 or we doing something else over here?

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In reply to by crunch

I'm assuming K.B., Kimbrel, Arrieta, and anyone else on a one-year contract who isn't injured or terrible will be sold by the deadline. In the most optimistic scenario, the front office turns around and tries to extend Rizzo and another member of the 2016 core in order to bridge competitive windows with a little nostalgia. So I would assume you trade K.B. for the best overall package, but preferably with at least one good pitching prospect who is at most a year away from MLB. I am, however, extremely bad at both predicting and evaluating trades.

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In reply to by Charlie

Was looking for a comp and closest I could find was Manny Machado going to Dodgers as a rental in 2018.  Orioles got one legit prospect, Yusniel Diaz, who was a top 50-100 prospect; along with some lotto tickets.

But like Crunch mention, after Darvish trade who knows.  Hopefully with fans in the stands and capacities increasing that the Cubs can act like a major market team and either eat some of Bryant's and Kimbrel's contracts or take back a bad contract in order to improve the quality of the return. 

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In reply to by tim815

I'm speaking more about the potential mindsets at the trade deadline.

As for Darvish, I don't have insider info as to what was on offer but I find it hard to believe that if the Cubs had been willing to pay more money on the deal, the quality of prospect wouldn't have risen.

Also, if the offer they accepted WAS the actual best offer, the answer from Jed should have been "no." That's only in a vacuum where ownership wasn't desperate to shed salary, of course.

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In reply to by Sonicwind75

jed had to beg for the loot to sign joc pederson as "extra" payroll.  it was supposed to be worse than it is on the loot.

still seems "wtf" to blow that darvish trade on a garbage bag full of kids who are all 3+ years away as a minimum for a team that's going to be mostly intact in 2021.  the only major loss to FA was j.jeffress...who ended up signing a minor league deal.

evidently the team fell apart on the day off...

arrieta to the 10d IL (right thumb), hoerner to the 10d IL (left forearm), winkler to the 10d IL (right triceps), and happ is day-to-day with a rib injury.

wtf...

i.vargas, k.ryan, and k.thompson up.

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In reply to by crunch

Whatever happened to Jake Arrieta (right thumb abrasion) must have happened at the airport or sometime after the road trip, because his IL assignment was backdated only to yesterday (5/3) when it otherwise could have been backdated to 5/1 (the day after he last pitched in a game). 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

yeah, it's weird because "supposedly" a cut on his thumb is why he pitched like crap last time out...or that's the story they're going with.  you'd think they'd want to date it back further.

beyond that, it seems like all or most of these injuries would have been known pre-game yesterday.

Beautiful day in Des Moines for the long-awaited "lid-lifter" on the next season of I-Cub baseball! 

thompson's got some good movement on his stuff (not extrodinary).

his mid-90s fastball looks effortless.  he's got a cutter he can bring 90+.

It's the opening night for MiLB, I knew SB was now A+ ball, and of course I get confused the first time I look at the GameDay for SB just now.

That's going to take the full season to get used too.

damn this is a good game.

bauer keeps coming close to screwing up badly and gets out of it.  cubs have a 1 run lead and it seems like it should be a few more.

thompson looked great since an "average at best" 1st inning.

kimbrel blew the save, giving up a solo homer, but this isn't a case of "kimbrel sucking"...he looked good.

still...boo.

hol up...we really bringing maples into a game where a guy starts on 2nd with 0 out?

alright...we're living dangerously.

TIED!

wow.  baez.

i wish i didn't have to crash and get up early.  hate missing the rest of this.  wow.

If you predicted the Cubs take both sides of the doubleheader vs Kershaw and Bauer, I hope you put some money on it.

RHP Kohl Stewart was recalled from AAA Iowa as the "27th man" for Game # 2 of the doubleheader but he did not pitch in the game.

The 27th man is only available for both games if the doubleheader was scheduled as the resuilt of a postponed game from a previous series, so since the doubleheader resulted from the first game of the current series being postponed, the 27th man was only available for the second game.  

Even though he was recalled as the "27th man" on Tuesday, the Cubs could keep Stewart on the 26-man Active List roster and place a player on the IL or option somebody else (like Keegan Thompson) to Iowa on Wednesday instead, or they can just option Stewart back to AAA. 

If Stewart is optioned, the 10-day recall clock does not apply, since he was a "27th man."  

Since Jake Arrieta won't be ready to pitch in four or five days, I hope they keep Keegan up there. I'd say he deserves to start one more game for them until Jake comes back.

j.means throws a no-hitter for the O's...first since jim palmer in 1969.

also, this is the 3rd no-hitter on the year that would have been a perfect game if not for a sole "mistake" (2x hbp (rondon/musgrove) + dropped 3rd strike (means)).

pedro strop has elected to become a FA.  aww.  can't blame him, though.

good luck and thanks for the 2 game reunion, i guess.

it would be nice if ross would let a pitcher throw 100+ pitches...or even 90+...

Rizzo gets the interview, but that's Matt Duffy's game. Did not see that coming after the Contreras DP and the Javy non-DP.

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In reply to by Charlie

Matt Duffy and Jake Marisnick have been everything we possibly could have hoped for.  They've been a large part of the offense slowly starting to perform.

 Also, I know Wolters doesn't hit much, but he kept that inning going for Anthony. Wolters' at bats have been far superior to those of Romine. Romine can stay on the injured list.

a.pujols getting released by ANA...

he's useless, he's been useless for years, but there goes a legend.

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    proposed lineup going forward for the immediate future:

    1- tauchman

    2- bellinger

    3- no one

    4- no one

    5- no one

    6- no one

    7- no one

    8- no one

    9- everyone else

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    As things stand now, most likely to get added to the 40 post-2024 (if not sooner):  

    POSITION PLAYERS 
    1. Owen Caissie, OF (Rule 5 Draft eligible - lock) 
    2. B. J. Murray, 3B (Rule 5 Draft eligible - very likely) 
    3. Pablo Aliendo, C (likely because he is a minor league 6YFA post-2024)

    PITCHERS: 
    Some combination of RHRP Zac Leigh (just got promoted to AAA), LHRP Riley Martin (at AAA), RHRP Frankie Scalzo Jr (closer at AA), and RHSP Matt Thompson (in AA starting rotation - acquired from White Sox for Bailey Horn) -- all four are Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2024, and then just because they are free-agents post-2024 RHRP Ethan Roberts (back from TJS and now pitching out of the AAA Iowa pen - can be a post-2024 second contract minor league FA) and RHRP Cam Sanders (struggled at AAA but now throwing "lights out" at AA - post-2024 6YFA). 

    Also, RHSP Kohl Franklin is a minor league 6YFA post-2024 and he will miss the balance of the 2024 season after undergoing right forearm / elbow surgery, so he will likely be offered a substantial $$$ 2025 minor league successor contract to stay with the Cubs and continue his rehab in Mesa. 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Again, as I mentioned here a few days ago, the Rockies will be trading catcher Elias Diaz (a 2023 N. L. All-Star who is a FA post-2024), and the Cubs do have a lot of depth in their system, so... 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Although it didn't save the Titanic, sometimes rearranging the deck chairs can give a club a bit of a spark, not to mention a wake-up call to anyone who might be in a rut (especially if it is partly mental, which it usually is). 

    Keep in mind that Busch, Morel, Wisdom, and Madrigal can be optioned (Morel gets a 4th option this year but it won't be there next year), and although none of them "have anything more to prove" at AAA, they all might benefit from a kick-in-the-rear jump-start. 

    Meanwhile, some combination of PCA (can be recalled on 5/30), Brennen Davis, Alexander Canario, and/or Matt Mervis could get called-up, and red-hot switch-hitting 3B B. J. Murray (a Cubs Top 15 prospect who is hitting 341/481/707 - 1.188 OPS with four HR, three doubles, and 11/8 BB/K, and two E-5 over his last twelve games after an ice-cold start) could get selected to the 40 (he is Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2024 and was already very likely to get added to the 40 post-2024 anyway). 

    I didn't mention Owen Caissie (he is also Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2024) because he hasn't been playing for the last few days, but he is a lock to get added to the 40 post-2024, and so he could get called up at anytime. 

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    When Joey Wendle signed with the Mets last November he received an automatic Article XX-B "no trade" through June 15th, which is a reason why the Mets had to release him (and be on the hook for his $2M salary minus the pro-rated MLB minimum salary after he signed with another club) if they wanted him off the roster. Then once he was released and signed with the Braves, the automatic "no trade" went away, and so now the Braves can trade him rather than just release him (something the Mets could not do). 

    The reason I had mentioned Wendle as somebody the Cubs should pursue after he was DFA'd by the Mets is because the Cubs seem bent on having an actual back-up shortstop other than Hoerner (first Mastrobuoni, and now Vazquez) as well as a veteran infielder who can be a late-inning defensive replacement for Morel at 3B (Madrigal), which takes up two of the five bench spots. 

    However, Wendle actually checks both boxes (he is a legit SS who can also be a late-inning defensive replacement at 3B), not to mention a LH-hitter (so he can give Hoerner, Swanson, or Morel a blow against a tough RHSP), and he has enough speed to where he can be a PR / ghost runner for one of the catchers in an extra-inning situation. And since he would take the job currently invested in two different players (and cost only the pro-rated MLB minimum salary), carrying both Vazquez and Madrigal would no longer be necessary and so it would open up a roster slot for PCA. 

    So since the Braves just lost Acuna for the year and will apparently be playing Kelenic in LF and Duvall in RF for awhile (they have been platooning with each other in LF), the Cubs could offer the Braves Darius Hill, an MLB-ready AAA high-contact LH-hitting outfielder not on the MLB 40-man roster who will almost certainly never play for the Cubs and who can play all three OF spots. The Cubs have already traded one such AAA player (INF Jake Slaughter) to Seattle to preemptively acquire Tyson Miller after he was DFA'd, without having to wait & hope that they could claim him off waivers, and they can very easily do the same thing with respect to offering Darius Hill for Joey Wendle. 

    Of course that doesn't mean the Braves won't eventually try and acquire an established MLB corner OF sometime prior to the MLB Trade Deadline (Tommy Pham comes immediately to mind), but Darius Hill actually could provide the Braves with some value as an MLB-ready high-contact LH-hitting OF in the meantime.   

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Defensive whiz Nick Madrigal?

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Don’t forget they also can’t throw out baserunners. Their pitch framing and game calling is just SO worth it, we’d probably have a White Sox level of wins without those attributes they bring to the table. (Sarcasm obviously)

  • crunch (view)

    i would blame over-managing, but i don't even care about blame right now.

    cubs are about to be a .500 team and they've been playing like it for so many weeks i'm kinda numb to it.

    can't blame the injuries anymore.  it's just suck.

    there's major upside all over, but there's major collective suck currently.

  • Eric S (view)

    I’d say Adames got all of that one. Wow. 

  • crunch (view)

    nick madrigal kicks puppies, doesn't eat his vegetables, and hates america.