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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

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# 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


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Cubs vs. Nats: Series Thread (Games 108-110)

The Cubs continue their tour of the bottom portion of the NL East with 3 games against the Soto-less Nats. See below for matchups.


Game 108, Monday, August 8, 7:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Keegan Thompson (8-5, 3.48 ERA)

WSH: RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-4, 7.65 ERA)


Game 109, Tuesday, August 9, 7:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (3-5, 4.00 ERA)

WSH: RHP Paolo Espino (0-4, 4.20 ERA)


Game 110, Wednesday, August 10, 1:20 pm central

CHC: LHP Justin Steele (4-7, 3.67 ERA)

WSH: RHP Josiah Gray (7-8, 4.92 ERA)

Comments

hoyer announced that heyward will not be with the club next season.  it's been discussed by hoyer/heyward and hoyer wants heyward to prepare to go into the off-season knowing the situation.

I appreciate the heck out of Jason Heyward, the person. And this needs to be done regarding Jason Heyward, the baseball player and current occupant of a 40 man roster slot. Thanks for the leadership and for what you brought to the ball club and for giving me another data point in the mysteries of how one goes from a perennial 5-6 WAR player at age 26 to a barely 2.0 WAR player (in his good years) thereafter. Live well, Jason!

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

If you had asked me in the fall of 2015 if I'd have the Cubs overpay someone to the tune of 8 years and $184M if it guaranteed a World Series win, I'd scream YES, sprain both ankles and pull both hamstrings running to make it happen.  The contract was worth it for Heyward, a leader on and off the field and a player I deeply respect even if his on-field production never matched the earnings.  He never stopped trying, played great defense and made us proud to see him in a Cubs uniform.  Thank you for all you did for the team, Jason.  Best of luck next year.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

Just a reminder that in the 2015 off season, Heyward had 2 other offers equal or greater than $184M/8 yrs. He was a 5.0.WAR player ($32m+/yr value) at 26 years old signed to an AAV of $23M/yr. 

Epstein did NOT overpay for him.

Obviously, it didn't work out completely to the Cubs benefit. Just quite a bit tired of his Salary constantly being brought up like a 'dig'.

i know some of you guys like the heyward signing, but they gave 23m a year for 8 years to a guy that was hitting 10-15 homers and 30 doubles with a .350 ob% for 3 seasons coming into this contract.

great D is awesome, but it's RF...we're talking about 2 chances a game on average (and that's rounded up).

i didn't like the signing, but i didn't think it would be this much of an anchor.  7 years, 184m, and a slash line of .245/.323/.377 in 2836 trips to the plate (assuming he's mostly done this season with playing time).

amazing it wasn't theo's worst contract.  my vote solidly goes to edwin jackson 4/52m who was a total disaster...and he got cut early, too.  at least heyward had a use even if he was grossly overpaid for that use.

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In reply to by George Altman

My objection to the Heyward signing (eight years - $184M - partial "no trade:" that would eventually morph into a full "no trade") was that Heyward would block RF for many years when two of the Cubs best prospects at that time (Jorge Soler and Eloy Jimenez) were rightfielders, and I thought the money coud be better spent. 

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In reply to by crunch

I try not to 2nd guess any moves made prior to November 2, 2016.  That being said, paying a premium for defense for someone who doesn't play a premium up the middle defensive position might not be a good strategy going forward. 

Also not sure I would say E-Jax was the worst signing.  If the goal was to tank and collect high draft picks then there were few better contracts than Edwin Jackson.

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In reply to by DavidP

it's not good.  it's not even average.  he's a below-average guy out there.

i dont think reyes belongs as a regular in LF/RF, but i don't think schwarber belongs in LF at all.  schwarber takes some of the weirdest routes i've seen since adam dunn (who had 0 business playing anything but DH, ever).  dunn is harsh...maybe BAL-era mark trumbo is more fair.

I hope the Cubs bring back Leiter next year.  I just love watching him blow leads, give up home runs and deflate whatever momentum the team is having.

nice game today.

tommorow the 20-games-under-.500 cubs go play in a damn corn field with the 22-games-under-.500 reds.

IT'S CORN TIME, YO.

The record is clear that crunch reacted to the Heyward signings along the lines of "We're spending all this money for a rightfielder who has never had an .800 OPS?" He was right. Yes, he gave The Speech, which helped a bunch of old guys like me to go to our graves having seen the Cubs win a World Series. But as soon as he started to block younger and better players, he had to go. I was glad to acquire him, at least, because, like John Lackey, he wouldn't be with the Cardinals. But, sadly, the time has come.

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In reply to by fullykräusened

we will always have "the speech"

that whole world series was great...an all-time game 7.  even the thankfully-short rain delay helped make it great.  any time a rain delay adds drama rather than dissapointment, that's a feat.

in the history of game 7 world series games, if that's not in everyone's top-3 i have no idea what they're looking for in a game.

k.thompson has finished his 12th red bull and he's ready to go.

reyes at DH again.  wisdom at 1st again.  morel at 3rd because okay...wish.com mczobrist playing 2nd

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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). 

  • 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