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. Mets: Series Thread (Games 47-49)

The Cubs return to Wrigley to begin a nine-game homestand sandwiched between a pair of days off. The 25-23 Mets will be their first visiting team. With Atlanta pulling away from the NL East early, the Mets look to be jockeying with the Marlins and Phillies to see who else can stay in contention for a playoff spot. See below for the matchups.


Game 47, Tuesday, May 23, 6:40 pm central
NYM: RHP Kodai Senga (4-2, 3.77 ERA)
CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (4-1, 2.86 ERA)


Game 48, Wednesday, May 24, 6:40 pm central
NYM: RHP Tyler Megill (5-2, 3.88 ERA)
CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (3-4, 3.05 ERA)


Game 49, Thursday, May 25, 6:40 pm central
NYM: RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 8.68 ERA)
CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (0-3, 8.10 ERA)

Comments

let's keep doing power-hitting suzuki.  i mean, i'm only expecting 25+ homers in a full season, but it was feeling like 10-15 was more realistic for a while.

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In reply to by JoePepitone

sometime last year i got suspicion by writing here using capitals at the beginning of sentences for multiple posts and people wondering if i had been hacked.  in reality i was busy writing proposals and reports at work and the bad habit of proper syntax and grammar spilled over into my internet posts.

masterboner playing 3rd and hitting 2nd...hitting 2nd...wtf...we got nico "neifi perez" hoerner leading off still...

the hottest cubs hitters...suzuki 5th, morel 7th (DH), mervis 8th

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In reply to by crunch

Jed/Ross/the Computer love them some left/right lineup balance

But that's crazy. Mastrobuoni and Tauchman get more ABs for this game than Morel?

How do you justify that?

I like having Dansby in the 3-spot. I've been clamoring for that. But I wanted Happ and his OBP in the 2-spot in front of Swanson. Not Mastrobuoni. 

And they really hate Morel's defense. They won't give him a chance at 3B. His CF isn't good enough for them. 

I guess teach him how to pitch while he DH's. Find some usefulness for that arm of his.

I am going to play the role of party pooper.  Once the league adjusts to Mr. Morel's all or nothing approach, he might end up at Iowa before the season is over.  Remember Morel's debut last year?  He was on base 22 straight games to start his career.  After that, stagnation and regression.  He is fun to watch at the plate right now, but I would not want him in the box with the game on the line. 

As for DH, he can field at 3B, but his throws to 1B are an adventure.  His OF defense is poor with tracking the ball and decision making.  Morel is best at 2B and at the bottom of the order.  Think of him as a carnival ride:  Great fun for a short time that gets old the more you ride.  Morel is the kind of player Cubs fans loved decades ago when there wasn't much to celebrate except individual players and their personalities.   I will root for Morel and enjoy the HRs until it's wanes and another "can't miss" prospect arrives.  So is the life of a Cubs fan.

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In reply to by crunch

Anyone who reads my comments will know I'm not a Madrigal fan. From watching this game a long time and the business that surrounds this game, the next step for Madrigal's Cubs tenure will be a DFA. If any of the 29 other teams had interest in Madrigal a trade would have happened by know. I can't imagine the value anyone would see in a .575 OPS, 62WRc player who can only play 2B - and barely a 45 rating there.

it's another team, but speaking of possibly getting DFA'd/cut...how the hell is Miggy (DET) still getting ABs or even a roster spot.

legend, yes.  but he's not only ineffective, he's legit dead weight that hasn't shown at any time during the first 1/3rd of the season he has anything left to contribute on the field, or rather the plate since he's dead weight that can't even contribute anything with his glove.

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In reply to by crunch

Although I suspect MLB would not want to do this, using run differential as the primary tie-breaker for qualifying for the post-season might make a team think twice about using a position player a pitcher in a blow-out. 

And for bottom feeders / non-contenders, using run differential as the primary tie-breaker for determining draft slots (with the team with the better run differential getting the better draft slot if one or more teams are tied).

I'm not saying using position players as pitchers in a blow-out still wouldn't happen, but a manager would have to at least consider other options. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

they gotta leave the fans with some whimsy...well, they've established they don't...

 

but c'mon...mark grace doing a mike fetters impersonation and giving up david ross's first MLB homer...let the fans have something quirky.  we got 162 games to sit through.  can't be out here just remembering the wins.

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.