Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 8-20-2019

Cubs MLB Reserve List ("40-Man Roster")

40 players are on Cubs MLB Reserve List (roster is full), plus four players are on the 60-day Injured List and two players are on the Restricted List.

MLB Service Time goes by the format of Years+Days, so (for example) "2+155" = two years plus 155 days.

Per the 2016-21 CBA, an MLB regular season ("championship season") must be at least 182 days but no more than 187 days, but 172 days constitutes a "full" MLB regular season when calculating MLB Service Time, and so a player cannot get credit for more than 172 days of MLB Service Time in any one season.

Last Name First Name Date-of-Birth (MM-DD-YY) Bats/
Throws
HEIGHT/WEIGHT MLB Service Time
(thru 2018)
Minor League Options Left
(2019)
Current Roster Status Contract Status
(2020)
PITCHERS (22+5)
Alzolay Adbert 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 0+000 2 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Barnette Tony 11-09-1983 R/R 6'1 190 3+000 3 (see Notes 3+5) OPTIONED/RESTRICTED LIST SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option) - TBD
Cedeno Xavier 08-26-1986 L/L 5'11 210 5+005 0 (see Note 5) 60-DAY INJURED LIST FREE-AGENT
Chatwood Tyler 12-15-1989 R/R 5'11 200 7+039 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Cishek Steve 06-18-1986 R/R 6'6 215 7+143 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Darvish Yu 08-16-1986 R/R 6'5 215 7+000 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED (player opt-out)
Graveman Kendall 12-21-1990 R/R 6'2 200 3+078 1 (see Note 5) 60-DAY INJURED LIST SIGNED or NON-TENDER (club option)
Hamels Cole 12-27-1983 L/L 6'4 205 12+143 3 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Hendricks Kyle 12-07-1989 R/R 6'3 190 4+081 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Holland Derek 10-09-1986 B/L 6'2 213 9+105 2 (see Notes 3+5+9) ACTIVE SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option)
Kimbrel Craig 05-28-1988 R/R 5'11 220 8+066 2 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED
Kintzler Brandon 08-01-1984 R/R 6'0 194 7+003 1 (see Notes 3+5+9) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Lester Jon 01-07-1984 L/L 6'4 240 12+075 1 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED
Maples Dillon 05-09-1992 R/R 6'2 230 0+072 2 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Mills Alec 11-30-1991 R/R 6'4 205 0+052 1 (see Note 4) OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Morrow Brandon 07-26-1984 R/R 6'3 205 10+096 2 (see Notes 3+5) 60-DAY INJURED LIST SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option)
Norwood James 12-24-1993 R/R 6'2 215 0+044 2 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Phelps David 10-09-1986 R/R 6'3 200 6+156 2 (see Notes 3+5+9) ACTIVE SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option)
Quintana Jose 01-24-1989 R/L 6'1 220 6+133 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option)
Rosario Randy 05-18-1994 L/L 6'1 210 0+132 1 (see Note 4) OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Ryan Kyle 09-25-1991 L/L 6'5 215 1+139 1 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE ("Super Two") or AUTO-RENEWAL (TBD)
Steele Justin 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 0+000 3 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Strop Pedro 06-13-1985 R/R 6'1 220 7+156 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Underwood Jr Duane 07-20-1994 R/R 6'2 210 0+001 1 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Webster Allen 02-10-1990 R/R 6'2 200 0+170 0 60-DAY INJURED LIST AUTO-RENEWAL
Wick Rowan 11-09-1992 L/R 6'3 234 0+031 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Wieck Brad 10-14-1991 L/L 6'9 255 0+020 2 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
CATCHERS (4)
Caratini Victor 08-17-1993 B/R 6'1 205 1+051 1 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Contreras Willson 05-13-1992 R/R 6'1 210 2+108 2 (see Note 5) 10-DAY INJURED LIST ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Davis Taylor 11-28-1989 R/R 5'10 200 0+058 3 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Lucroy Jonathan 06-13-1986 R/R 6'0 200 8+136 3 (see Notes 3+5+9) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
INFIELDERS (8+1)
Baez Javy 12-01-1992 R/R 6'0 190 3+089 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Bote David 04-07-1993 R/R 6'1 210 0+100 2 OPTIONED SIGNED
Bryant Kris 01-04-1992 R/R 6'5 215 3+171 3 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Descalso Daniel 10-19-1986 L/R 5'10 190 8+016 3 (see Notes 3+5) 10-DAY INJURED LIST SIGNED
Garcia Robel 03-28-1993 B/R 6'0 168 0+000 3 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Kemp Tony 10-31-1991 L/R 5'6 165 1+098 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Rizzo Anthony 08-08-1989 L/L 6'3 240 6+168 1 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option)
Russell Addison 01-23-1994 R/R 6'0 200 3+167 3 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Zobrist Ben 05-26-1981 B/R 6'3 210 11+134 1 (see Notes 3+5+8) RESTRICTED LIST FREE-AGENT
OUTFIELDERS (6)
Almora Albert 04-16-1994 R/R 6'2 200 2+073 2 (see Note 5) OPTIONED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Castellanos Nicholas 03-04-1992 R/R 6'4 203 5+029 3 (see Notes 3+5+9) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Happ Ian 08-17-1994 B/R 6'0 205 1+142 3 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Heyward Jason 08-09-1989 L/L 6'5 240 9+000 3 (see Notes 3+5+8+9) ACTIVE SIGNED (player opt-out)
Schwarber Kyle 03-05-1993 L/R 6'0 220 3+086 3 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Zagunis Mark 02-05-1993 R/R 6'0 215 0+044 1 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL

NOTE 1 - The Cubs have no players with MLB Rule 6 Selected Player status on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) at this time.

NOTE 2 - Any player on a minor league reserve list who is eligible for selection in the 2019 MLB Rule 5 Draft, has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time, and has his contract selected and is added to an MLB Reserve List after August 15th will have MLB Rule 6 Draft- Excluded Player status until 20 days prior to 2020 MLB Opening Day.

NOTE 3 - Any player who has minor league options left and who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Nicholas Castellanos, Steve Cishek, Yu Darvish, Daniel Descalso, Cole Hamels, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Derek Holland, Craig Kimbrel, Brandon Kintzler, Jon Lester, Jonathan Lucroy, Brandon Morrow, David Phelps, Anthony Rizzo, Jose Quintana, and Ben Zobrist) and any international player with Article XIX-A contractual rights (Tony Barnette - TBD) has the right to refuse an Optional Assignment and remain on his club's MLB Active List (25-man roster) or elect free-agencv if optioned.
NOTE: Optional Assignment Waivers have been eliminated in the 2016-21 CBA.

NOTE 4 - Alec Mills and Randy Rosario are eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2019.

NOTE 5 - Any player who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Nicholas Castellanos, Xavier Cedeno, Tyler Chatwood, Steve Cishek, Yu Darvish, Daniel Descalso, Cole Hamels, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Derek Holland, Craig Kimbrel, Brandon Kintzler, Jon Lester, Jonathan Lucroy, Brandon Morrow, David Phelps, Jose Quintana, Anthony Rizzo, Pedro Strop, and Ben Zobrist) and any international player with Article XIX-A contractual rights (Tony Barnette - TBD) has the right to refuse an Outright Assignment and remain on his club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) or elect free-agency if outrighted. Also, any player who has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time (Albert Almora, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Carl Edwards Jr, Kendall Graveman, Addison Russell, and Kyle Schwarber), or who has been outrighted previously in his career (Kyle Ryan and Rowan Wick), or who qualifies as a "Super Two" player after the 2019 season has the right to elect free-agency if outrighted.

NOTE 6 - Starting at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series, an unsigned MLB Rule 55-eligible player who is not a Rule 6 Selected Player or Draft Excluded Player and/or is not eligible to elect free-agency if outrighted cannot be sent outright to the minors until Outright Assignment Waivers are secured and the player has either signed a Major League contract for the next season, had his previous season's contract unilaterally renewed by the club, or agrees (in advance) to sign a minor league contract for the next season (if the Outright Assignment is contemplated prior to a Major League contract being tendered).
NOTE: For any MLB player not eligible for salary arbitration, an MLB club can unilaterally renew the player's contract from the previous season (subject to the MLB minimum salary rule and the MLB maximum salary-reduction rule) if the player has not signed a contract by March 1st.

NOTE 7 - Most injured players can be sent outright to the minors only during a period of time beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until reserve lists are filed in November. (An injured Rule 6 Selected Player can be outrighted during this period only if Rule 6 restrictions have been removed, and an injured Rule 6 Draft Excluded Player can be outrighted during this period only if Outright Assignment Waivers are requested no later than 2 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series). However, a player on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who is not MLB Rule 55-eligible, who has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time in his career, and who did not accrue any MLB Service Time during the previous season, was not selected in the immediately-preceding Rule 5 Draft, and has not previously been outrighted to the minors can be sent outright to the minors even if he is injured beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until the 15th day prior to the start of the next MLB regular season, and an MLB Rule 55-eligible player who has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time in his career, and who did not accrue any MLB Service Time during the previous season, was not selected in the immediately-preceding Rule 5 Draft, and has not previously been outrighted to the minors can be sent outright to the minors even if he is injured during this period only after the player has either signed a Major League contract for the next season, had his previous season's contract unilaterally renewed by the club, or agrees (in advance) to sign a minor league contract for the next season (if the Outright Assignment is contemplated prior to a Major League contract being tendered). Also, a Draft-Excluded Player who has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time in his career and who did not accrue any MLB Service Time during the previous season and who has not previously been outrighted to the minors can be sent outright to the minors even if he is injured only during a five-day window beginning on the 20th day prior to the start of the MLB regular season and extending up until the 15th day prior to the start of the MLB regular season.

NOTE 8 - An Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signs a major league contract after 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the 2019 World Series will have an automatic "no trade" restriction through June 15, 2018. An Article XX-B MLB Free-Agent who receives a "no trade" right this way can waive the right, but if he does, his club can trade the player only for player contracts and/or cash with a maximum aggregate value of $50,000. Also, a player with an automatic ("10/5") or contractual full or partial "no trade" restriction (FULL: Yu Darvish, Craig Kimbrel, and Jon Lester - PARTIAL: Cole Hamels, Jason Heyward, and Ben Zobrist) cannot be traded or placed on any type of irrevocable assignment waiver unless he agrees to waive his "no trade" right in advance.

NOTE 9 - A player eligible to be a post-2019 Article XX-B MLB Free-Agent is not eligible to receive an Article XX-B Qualifying Offer if the player has received a Qualifying Offer previously in his career (Jason Heyward) or if the player did not spend the entire preceding MLB regular season on the club's MLB Active List (25-man roster) and/or on one or more of the club's inactive lists and/or on the Active List or an inactive list of one or more minor league affiliates of that club (Nicholas Castellanos, Derek Holland, Jonathan Lucroy, and David Phelps).

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  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 27 min ago (view)

    RHP Kelvin Abreu (April 2019 IFA - Venezuela) had his contract voided and he has been released. He spent his entire pro career (four months) on the Restricted List.  

     

  • Charlie 12 hours 37 min ago (view)

    I didn't watch the game, but I see that Lester got knocked around despite a significant headwind from CF. That's a rare feat.

     

  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 10 min ago (view)

    I think it's becoming increasingly likely that the Cubs will not exercise Lester's 2021 $25M option after next season (paying the $10M buy-out instead and direct the remaining $15M elsewhere). The 2021 $25M option automatically vests if Lester throws at least 400 IP over the course of 2019-20, but that isn't going to happen.

     

  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 31 min ago (view)

    It's the Polar Bear in an Arctic Snowstorm all white uniforms. Burn 'em! Bring back the unis from the Little League Classic. They actually looked sharp.  

     

  • Eric S 14 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Thru seven innings, Cubs have one hit (by Nick C, of course) - this after somehow winning yesterday’s game with a total of two hits. Clearly it’s time to fire Chili Davis again

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Feel bad for the patrons at Wrigley this afternoon - seeing Strop in the fifth inning is a bad sign. At least the weather is nice

     

  • JustSayin' 17 hours 13 min ago (view)

    The buzz on Riley Thompson is that he did what many pitchers do, just way too blatantly.  The opposing manager asked the umpire to check Thompson's glove because he was "going there every time" and the ball was "snapping" when it came out of his hand.  It was a ten-day suspension.  That is supposed to cost you two starts but South Bend uses a six-man rotation so Thompson only missed one.  Kudos to Buddy Bailey and the SB staff for navigating Thompson's absence effectively, with a lot of pitchers being asked to change or expand their roles over these two weeks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    South Bend RHSP Riley Thompson has been reinstated from his suspension. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released DSL Cubs #2 RHRPs Keiber Arredondo and Kleiber Carreno (both IFA signed post-2016 DSL season out of Venezuela). 

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    cubs sweep!

     

  • Eric S 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Woo Hoo!!! Cubs win a crazy one!  KB with another late inning, game winning homer - good stuff!

     

  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    schwarb set the cubs team record for fastest to 100 by a cub a bit less than a week ago.  bryant would have won a couple MVP awards in a row the past couple years.

     

  • Eric S 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    That was a good send by the butterman - great throw by Yaz Jr

    Try as he might, Eddie Vedder can’t find da butterman

    Thanks. I’ll show myself out now

     

  • Eric S 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    200th home run of the season by KB probably would have set some kind of record too

     

  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    the inital graphic was KB #200, but i was like...hold on...

    it was technically true in the loosest sense of the phrase.

     

  • Eric S 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    That would have been pretty cool if it had been KB’s 200th home run in less than five full seasons!