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, twelve players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, one player is on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-21-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 14
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
Hector Neris 
* Drew Smyly
Jameson Taillon 
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch 
Garrett Cooper
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger 
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

OPTIONED: 12 
Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Luke Little, P
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Daniel Palencia, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Seiya Suzuki, OF

15-DAY IL
* Justin Steele, P   

60-DAY IL: 2 
Caleb Kilian, P 
Julian Merryweather, P
 





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Offseason Update: Questions facing NL Central Teams

Cubs pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in a week. What now appear to be the most urgent questions for each NL Central club? 

Let's start with the home team and move down last year's standings. 

Will the Chicago Cubs add one of the remaining top free agents? They have made several moves to fill gaps in the pitching staff and have aquired a highly regarded prospect in Michael Busch who could take a lot of the playing time at first or spend some time at third and DH when needed. They've been linked to both Matt Chapman and Cody Bellinger, each of whom remain available and could fill positions without an established performer so far. Will the Cubs make one more splash or move forward with what they have in a division without a clear favorite? 

The Milwaukee Brewers ran away with the division as the Cubs faded down the 2023 stretch. However, they've lost Brandon Woodruff to a shoulder injury and traded their final year of control of Corbin Burnes in favor of multiple years of prospects from the Orioles. Will they also send Willy Adames on his way, further leveraging in favor of long term control and sacrificing some punch in 2024? 

The Cincinnati Reds are an exciting young team. They may be without Joey Votto for the first time in a long time. Will Elly de la Cruz break out enough to be the next difference maker in 2024? 

The Pittsburgh Pirates got off to a strong start in 2023 but sank nearly to the bottom of the division over the course of the season. Can Bryan Reynolds return to his 2021 form, or will he settle in as the solid but unspectacular player he has been during the last two seasons? 

Finally, the Cardinals lost a good chunk of their roster as a result of a horrendous 2024. They've patched some holes in the starting rotation with short term deals, most notably adding Sonny Gray. Will they have a return of some of that Cardinals magic, or will Ollie Marmol continue to feel Yadier Molina breathing down his neck? 

Please continue your offseason discussion below. I am looking forward to having some Spring Training content to discuss with you all soon!

Comments

first televised spring game Feb 25 (sunday) and it's a packed television schedule with only a few off-days the rest of the way.  some broadcasts utilize only the "away" feed, but that's not unusual for spring games.

also the brews signed SF reliever jakob junis and intend to put him into the rotation.

...and the brews sign gary sanchez.  okay...  i find it hard to believe they're paying 7m for a backup catcher, but they do have spare loot to spend.  i guess it's a C/DH situation for sanchez/contreras, maybe...  william contreras might be on the move, though i've heard nothing about him being shopped.

It will be interesting to see where Morel will be playing when spring training begins.  And Busch also, although I will be surprised if it isn't first base.

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In reply to by Bill

morel playing 3rd on some of those hard/fast spring training fields would be a hell of a showcase to show how quick he is (or isn't).

i imagine he'll play some 1st since he didn't play any in winter ball, but worked outside of games to train there.

it seems they're going to hold onto madrigal + masterboney, so in the regular season morel will probably still be used as a DH/3rd/2nd/CF guy with a shot to add 1st to his game.  it would be nice if he could solidify 3rd base and not have to worry about it for a few years.

I will be interested in seeing the difference that Counsell makes in terms of the final roster decisions and who lands at what positions as the spring unfolds.

Presuming the Cubs 2024 self-imposed max payroll limit is the 2024 CBT threshold ($237M), the Cubs presently have about $25M in 2024 AAV available (with more potentially available if the Cubs trade Hendricks and/or Smyly). So if the Cubs do not use the $25M to sign a high-profile Boras FA, it is very possible that the Cubs will try and sign Brandon Woodruff (off-season shoulder surgery, will miss entire 2024 season) to a two or three year major league contract with a "token" salary in 2024 (maybe $1M) while he rehabs followed by maybe a $13M base salary each season for 2025-26 with substantial performance bonuses based on GS and IP. That would be a $9M AAV hit 2024-2026, which would probably not be possible if the Cubs sign one of the high-profile Boras clients. 

Clubs with a full MLB 40-man roster can place an injured or rehabbing player on the MLB 60-day IL beginning on the first official day of Spring Training (the day pitchers & catchers report), so now is the time when the Cubs could sign Woodruff and then immediately place him on the 60- day IL. So the Cubs would not have to drop anybody from the 40 to make room for Woodruff, which would not have been the case earlier in the off-season. 

I suppose it would depend upon the likelihood of Woodruff returning to top form.  At one time, shoulder injuries were pretty much the death of a pitcher.  But I have no idea if that is still true, nor do I have any idea what the projected recovery rate would be for the specific surgery he had.  But I suppose, if the guarantee was no more than 2 million for the following two years, the total gamble of 6 million would be worth it.

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In reply to by Bill

He’s not signing 3 years and 6 mil. He was a cy young candidate in the very recent past.

13 mil in each of 25 26 if he comes anywhere close to what he had been is a bargain in todays game. I’m not advocating for the signing, I’m just saying in the modern game, that would be enormous value. If he were healthy and hitting the open market he’d be looking at a long term 150-200 mil type deal at least

I didn't say he would sign for 6 million..  I said that I didn't think it was worth the gamble to sign him for 3 years with 2 years at a base salary of 13 per year, depending upon the prognosis of his specific surgery.  26 million dollars is a lot of money to gamble, even to someone richer than you and I are.

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In reply to by Bill

Hell, make it 2 years $14 mil guaranteed with a mutual option for the third year.

If you’re not willing to gamble 26 million on someone with Woodruff’s track record you probably shouldn’t be running a front office. Wasn’t that the gamble on Bellinger? Maybe 25 million instead? I get it was one year instead of two but it also spreads the tax hit across an extra year

If you are willing to gamble 26 million on someone that you have no idea what his surgery or the resulting prognosis is, you will probably be unemployed along with me.  If it had been TJS, with a considerable record of success, it would be one thing.   But neither of us know what the surgery was, who had had that surgery in the past, and what was it's success rate was.  Much better just going to Vegas and getting it over with quickly.

non-roster invites...

RHP - colten brewer, chris clarke, carl edwards jr, sam mcwilliams, ethan roberts, cam sanders, riley thompson 

LHP - edwin escobar, richard lovelady, thomas pannone, brad wieck

IF - david bote, matt shaw, chase strumpf

OF - owen cassie

C - jorge alfaro, pablo aliendo, joe hudson, bryce windham

i look forward to seeing david bote put up another insanely good spring showing and not make the team because his exit velocity is too spooky or something.  he gets 5.5m in 2024 to hang out in the minors...he got 4m last year.  cubs fans will always have august 12, 2018.

dude has a ST career .322/.414/.533 slash line in 244 PA.  he owns march.

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In reply to by crunch

No Cade Horton
I guess that signals to everyone involved he'll be slow rolled due to his lower career innings pitched level. 
He'll probably start back in AA at TN and work his change-up and pitch count until he shows he's just too much for AA hitters, forcing a move to IA.
I could of course be completely wrong and he starts at AAA, but I think Jed will keep older vet types there for Wrigley Insurance

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    welcome back happ!  double off the wall 1st PA back.

  • crunch (view)

    oh yeah, totally, i was just chiming about why i fan like i fan.

    i would like nothing more than hendricks to keep on hendricks'ing.  guys with his stuff can throw for a long, long time as long as it works.

    he velocity is actually up a minor amount this year.  it's really "damn" when a guy like him not only has gas in the tank, but it's looking like it was years ago.  he added a curve a few years ago and it helped a little bit, but he's throwing it less and less while the fb/change combo are less effective.

  • Alexander Dimm (view)

    CRUNCH—There is no one person in this community I’m talking about.  My remarks were not directed at you or anyone, but at a tone I’ve noticed lately. 

    You have a great, dry sense of humor and there is thought behind your comments.   You and I don’t always agree but I always understand your position.  

    Lastly, and I’ll be quiet, I agree with you on Hendricks.  We can dislike the recent performance but still love the guy.  Lots of questions about his future.
     

  • crunch (view)

    myself, i make a good amount of outrageously unrealistic comments that are sometimes "violent"...like my recent suggestion of "pulling the bandaid off" by having hendricks throw every inning of every game until he's on the IL.

    i would hope any athlete that cares about what is written on the internet realizes how casual fans can be about treating their lives like scripted TV characters that don't have real lives.  it's not an excuse to do it, but there's a lot of it out there.

    but yeah, in real life i'm rooting for guys to have long and healthy careers even if i'm not happy with current performances...except for some guys...and i'm pretty sure i don't leave grey area for those comments...and almost all of them are not good humans whether they're playing baseball or not...

    hendricks was getting a good amount of boos in his last game.  i would bet a million that he will get a standing O every time he visits wrigley in his post-playing days, or a return with a new team should his career continue...or if he comes back and puts in an oldschool good performance.

  • Alexander Dimm (view)

    What are the chances we can back off on gloating over other people’s misfortune?  One of the things I appreciate about the TCR community is that the remarks are more productive and add to how I like to follow the game.  

    Lately, however, I’m reading comments that are just mean.  If I were an MLB player, I would hate to get a back or finger injury and have someone write ‘hurrah!  I hope we never see him again!’  Especially when it is someone we were praising not long ago.  I’m not saying ‘don’t express how you feel’ but some comments lately seem downright mean spirited.  Stuff I expect from other communities but don’t often see here.  The TCR community has always spoken the truth but never with such a dark tone.

    Just my two cents.  I hope Hendricks comes back and is the professor we all know. He can pitch for the Cubs as long as he wants in my book.  

  • crunch (view)

    happ is back (and starting), mervis DH, tauchman gets RF.

    morel 5th in the lineup.  hoerner continues to lead off, even vs a righty.

  • George Altman (view)

    I don't care to see Hendricks or Smyly on the 26-man Roster the rest of the season. Both, stupid signings and option pick up by Jed. 

  • crunch (view)

    i know the cubs are paying the guys, but for the sake of the win/loss column this is some great news.

    woo!  people getting injured!  kick ass!

    sportsball is cruel.

    would have liked to keep cooper, but it looks like they're gonna go with wisdom if they have to pick a righty who's gonna K 1/3rd of his PA's.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Edwards would be my guess, or maybe they’re hoping Sanders or R Thompson can finally figure it out 

  • Cubster (view)

    So it’s Mervis, Wesn and Little for Cooper, Hendricks and Smyly. Count me in. Starting rotation for now: Taillon, Imanaga, Wicks, Assad and Brown-Wesn. Eventually Steele. 

    Lineup

    Hoerner, Happ, Bellinger, Busch, Morel, Swanson, Tauchman, Mervis, Amaya.