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

Last updated 5-18-2024

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PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 6
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Luis Vazquez, INF

10-DAY IL: 1
Dansby Swanson, INF

15-DAY IL: 7
Yency Almonte, P 
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P 
Daniel Palencia, P
* Drew Smyly, 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

Your 2024 Iowa Cubs!

2024 IOWA CUBS OPENING DAY ROSTER 

subject to change prior to 3/29

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Last updated 3-26-2024

31 players (must cut roster down to 30 players by AAA Opening Day on 3/29 - see NOTE below)

PITCHERS: 17+2 
Hunter Bigge
Colten Brewer 
Ben Brown
Chris Clarke
* Edwin Escobar 
Ben Leeper (INACTIVE - 60-day IL) 
* Richard Lovelady 
* Riley Martin 
Sam McWilliams
Daniel Palencia 
* Thomas Pannone 
Walker Powell
Ethan Roberts (INACTIVE - will be placed on 7-day IL on AAA Opening Day)
Cam Sanders
Keegan Thompson
Riley Thompson 
* Blake Weiman 
Hayden Wesneski
* Brad Wieck (see NOTE
NOTE: Brad Wieck will likely be placed on 7-day IL or Development List on AAA Opening Day)

CATCHERS: 2
Joe Hudson 
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 6
David Bote
* Matt Mervis
# B. J. Murray
Chase Strumpf 
Jake Slaughter
Luis Vazquez

OUTFIELDERS: 4+2
* Owen Caissie
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis (INACTIVE - will be placed on 7-day IL on AAA Opening Day)
* Darius Hill
* David Peralta (INACTIVE - will be placed on 7-day IL on AAA Opening Day)

MANAGER
Marty Pevey

COACHES
Andrew Betcher
Tony Cougoule
Taylor Fortney
Eric Patterson 
Rick Strickland

Comments

Because Jorge Alfaro somewhat surprisingly opted out on Monday (he had a contractual opt-out, but it was thought he would wait until his second opt-out on May 1st to elect free-agency), the Iowa Cubs left Arizona with just two catchers, so another catcher could be added to the I-Cubs roster prior to AAA Opening Day (catchers Pablo Aliendo and Caleb Knight were moved-down from AAA Iowa to AA Tennessee at Minor League Camp today).  

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

As I mentioned here last Monday when I posted the Iowa Cubs Opening Day roster (see above), the Cubs would be looking for a catcher to replace Jorge Alfaro as the primary catcher at AAA after Alfaro somewhat surprisingly opted out. And so the Cubs have signed veteran catcher Curt Casali to a 2024 Minor League contract and he will be the # 1 catcher at Iowa and will be available to get called up in case anything happens to Gomes or Amaya.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

In case you are wondering if Casali can be called up more than once in 2024 and still return back to AAA each time, an Article XIX-A player (that is, player has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time) can choose to sign a 45-day waiver each time he is called up whereby the player promises not to elect free-agency if he is sent back to the minors (optioned or outrighted) within 45 days of the call-up. However, the player would have to be placed on Outright Assignment waivers (and so he could get claimed off waivers) each time he is outrighted back to the minors (if the player is out of minor league options, which Casali is). Obviously a player does not have to agree to sign the waiver, but I suspect the Cubs asked Casali if he would be willing to do it (and he probanly said he would) before he was signed.

 

Recent comments

  • Charlie (view)

    Sorry for the Mark Prior tag. I'm posting from mobile and it's not letting me remove it. I feel haunted. 

  • Sonicwind75 (view)

    Agree with you on defensive WAR.  I would say defense and baserunning was previously undervalued. I appreciate that the WAR stat tries to better account for the impact of defense and baserunning but personally feel like they may have over-corrected a bit.  

     

    Also would be really happy if PCA just stays in Iowa until September call ups.  I tend to forget he was a high school draftee that lost time to both covid and a serious injury.  Hasn't had many post high school at bats. I think some steady playing time in AAA is long term what's best for both him and the Cubs.  

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Got it, thanks Phil!

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    DJL: if the Cubs were to sign Joey Wendle and then release him sometime later in the season, the Cubs are still on the hook for the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary they would have had to pay if he had remained with the Cubs until the end of the MLB regular season, unless he subsequently signs with another club, in which case that club pays the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary beginning when that club signs him.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    This raises another question in my mind… let’s say the Cubs sign Wendle. The Mets pay all but the minimum salary prorated. If the Cubs cut Wendle before the season ends, are they still on the hook for that minimum prorated salary, or does the full deal revert to the Mets? And a step further, if the Cubs cut him, and then another team signs him after that, what happens salary wise?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Some of you may have noticed that Monday's roster moves (PCA and Mastrobuoni optioned to AAA and Dansby Swanson reinstated from the 10-day IL) leaves the Cubs with only 25 players on their MLB Active List. This is not unusual at all, in the case of a day off and a player being recalled from the minors for the next day's game. There is no reason to call the player up on an off-day, because if that happened the player would have to be paid at the MLB rate and would accrue a day of MLB Service Time.  

    MLB clubs are allowed to carry 25 players (no more than 13 pitchers) on their MLB Active List roster beginning on MLB Opening Day and extending through August 31st (although to do that for the entire season would be a competitive disadvantage), and then clubs are required to have 28 players (no more than 14 pitchers) on their active list beginning on September 1st and extending through the final day of the MLB regular season. So either 25 or 26 prior to September 1st, but 28 beginning on September 1st.

    So presuming the Cubs plan to recall INF Luis Vazquez prior to Tuesday's game, there is no good reason to do it on Monday (when there is no game) when they can just as easily wait until Tuesday and save about $4,000 in salary differential.

    BTW, because the recall of Vazquez is not yet official, the Cubs could decide instead to sign left-hand hitting veteran utility INF Joey Wendle (who was just released by the Mets today) and pay him the pro-rated MLB minimum salary (with the Mets on the hook for the balance of his $2M salary) instead of recalling Vazquez. To do this the Cubs would have to clear a 40-man roster slot, which they could do by (let's say) transferring Adbert Alzolay to the 60-day IL. 

    Wendle's MLB career 162 game average is 262/311/384 with 8 HR and 53 RBI, 31 doubles, and 15 SB, he is an above-average defender who can play SS in addition to 2B, 3B, LF, and RF, and while he is better hitting against RHP (269/313/399), he holds his own versus LHP (232/304/318). 

    With somebody like Wendle (who could be a late-inning defensive replacement at 3B), the Cubs could replace Mastrobuoni AND Madrigal (and not need Vazquez) with just one player, creating an opening for a "hot" bat (like maybe Brennen Davis, who could platoon with Happ in LF until Happ gets going, or with Tauchman in CF if Bellinger plays 1B and Busch/Wisdom platoon at DH). 

  • crunch (view)

    the "hilarious" thing about PCA is he's 2nd on the team in bWAR with only 63 PA and a .236/.295/.364 slash.

    i've long been a critic of how over-rated defensive WAR is for outfielders.  stuff like this is why.  yes, he's an elite defender in CF, but all of this defensive value has come over 44 chances in 156 innings.

  • Cubster (view)

    Brewers lose in 10 to the Marlins. So that’s nice.

    Also Braves come to town after splitting a DH and used Sale-Lopez as starters.

  • fullykräusened (view)

    You're right, crunch, as usual. He has huge potential, but needs a few hundred AAA plate appearances. I think Bellinger gives the Cubs more value in CF than 1B, so they're better off giving a roster spot to somebody else.  I'm okay with Vasquez; we aren"t getting much offense from  our backup infielders, to say the least.

  • crunch (view)

    PCA needs regular play, this team has more problems than a luxury pinch runner and defensive player off the bench.

    be nice if he can fine turn his SB game as well as his bat game.  still, i'd rather have him just taking the great odds and situational odds rather than having him running all over the place and getting thrown out 25%+ of the time.

    he's fast, 30+ SB guys generally are.  but he's faster than even that number gives a nod to.