Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 12-2-2022

 

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

36 players are on Cubs MLB Reserve List (four slots are open)

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

Per the CBA, an MLB regular season ("championship season") must be at least 182 days and 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.

Player's name DoB B / T H / W
MLB Service Time (thru 2022)
Minor League Option Years Left (2023)
2023 Optional Assignments Available Roster Status Contract Status (2023)
PITCHERS (20)  
Adbert Alzolay 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 2+050 0 [See Note 6] 0 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Javier Assad 07-30-1997 R/R 6'1 200 0+044 3 [See Note 2] 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Ben Brown 09-09-1999 R/R 6'6 210 0+000 4 {see Notes 2+4+7} 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Jeremiah Estrada 11-01-1998 B/R 6'1 180 0+022 3 [See Note 2] 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Kyle Hendricks 12-07-1989 R/R 6'3 190 8+081 3 [See Notes 3+5] 5 RESERVED SIGNED
Codi Heuer 07-03-1996 R/R 6'5 200 3+000 3 [See Note 5] 5 RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Brandon Hughes 12-01-1995 L/L 6'2 225 0+140 3 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Ryan Jensen 11-23-1997 R/R 6'0 190 0+000 3 {see Notes 2+7} 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Caleb Kilian 06-02-1997 R/R 6'4 180 0+007 3 [See Note 4] 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Mark Leiter Jr 03-13-1991 R/R 6'0 210 2+030 0 [See Note 5] 0 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Ethan Roberts 07-04-1997 R/R 5'10 180 1+000 3 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Manuel Rodriguez 08-06-1996 R/R 5'11 205 1+029 1 [See Note 4] 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Michael Rucker 04-27-1994 R/R 6'1 195 1+031 2 [See Note 5] 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Adrian Sampson 10-07-1991 R/R 6'2 210 2+134 3 [See Note 5] 5 RESERVED SIGNED
Justin Steele 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 1+143 0 [See Note 6] 0 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Marcus Stroman 05-01-1991 R/R 5'7 180 8+026 3 [See Notes 3+5] 5 RESERVED SIGNED
Keegan Thompson 03-13-1995 R/R 6'2 210 1+131 2 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Erich Uelmen 05-19-1996 R/R 6'3 210 0+082 3 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Hayden Wesneski 12-05-1997 R/R 6'3 210 0+035 3 [See Note 2] 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Rowan Wick 11-09-1992 L/R 6'3 234 3+114 1 [See Note 5] 5 RESERVED SIGNED
CATCHERS (3)  
Miguel Amaya 03-09-1999 R/R 6'1 185 0+000 1 [See Notes 4+6+7] 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Yan Gomes 07-19-1987 R/R 6'2 212 10+083 2 [See Notes 3+5] 5 RESERVED SIGNED
P. J. Higgins 05-10-1993 R/R 5'10 195 1+103 3 [See Note 5] 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
INFIELDERS (7)  
Nico Hoerner 05-13-1997 R/R 6'1 200 3+014 2 [See Note 5] 5 RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Nick Madrigal 03-05-1997 R/R 5'8 175 2+164 3 [See Note 5] 5 RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE ("SUPER TWO")
Miles Mastrobuoni 10-31-1995 L/R 511 185 0+014 3 {See Note 2} RESERVED  AUTO-RENEWAL 
Zach McKinstry 04-29-1995 L/R 6'0 180 1+079 0 [See Note 6] 0 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Christopher Morel 06-24-1999 R/R 6'0 140 0+142 2 [See Notes 4+6] 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Alfonso Rivas 09-13-1996 L/L 5'11 190 1+007 2 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Patrick Wisdom 08-27-1991 R/R 6'2 220 2+058 1 [See Note 5] 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
OUTFIELDERS (6)  
Kevin Alcantara 07-12-2002 R/R 6'6 188 0+000 4 [see Notes 2+4+7] 5 RESERVED AUTO-REBEWAL
Alexander Canario 05-07-2000 R/R 6'1 165 0+000 2 [See Notes 2+4+7] 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Brennen Davis 11-02-1999 R/R 6'4 210 0+000 3 [see Notes 2+7] 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Ian Happ 08-17-1994 B/R 6'0 205 5+036 2 [See Notes 3+5] 5 RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Seiya Suzuki 08-18-1994 R/R 5'11 182 1+000 4 [See Notes 3+4+5+8] 5 RESERVED SIGNED
Nelson Velazquez 12-26-1998 R/R 6'0 200 0+110 2 5 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL

 

NOTE 1 - The Cubs have no players with Selected Player status on their MLB Reserve List at this time.

NOTE 2 - Because they were on a minor league reserve list, were eligible for selection in the 2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft, and had their contracts selected and were added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) after August 15th,Kevin Alcantara, Javier Assad, Ben Brown, Brennen Davis, Jeremiah Estrada, Ryan Jensen, Miles Mastrobuoni, and Hayden Wesneski will have Draft- Excluded Player status until 20 days prior to 2023 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 (Yan Gomes, Ian Happ, Kyle Hendricks, and Marcus Stroman), and any international player with Article XIX-A contractual rights (Seiya Suzuki) 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 - Miguel Amaya and Manuel Rodriguez are eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2023, Alexander Canario and Christopher Morel will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2024 if third option is spent in 2023 (TBD), Caleb Kilian is eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2025 if third option is spent in 2024 (TBD), and Kevin Alcantara, Ben Brown, and Seiya Suzuki are eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2026 if third option is spent in 2025 (TBD).

NOTE 5 - Any player who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Yan Gomes, Ian Happ, Kyle Hendricks, and Marcus Stroman), and any international player with Article XIX-A contractual rights (Seiya Suzuki) 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 (Codi Heuer and Nico Hoerner), or who has not yet accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time but who has been outrighted previously in his career (P. J. Higgins, Mark Leiter Jr, Michael Rucker, Adrian Sampson, Rowan Wick, and Patrick Wisdom), or who has not accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time or been outrighted to the minors previously in his career but who qualified as a "Super Two" player after the 2022 season (Nick Madrigal), 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 2022 World Series, an unsigned MLB Rule 9 eligible player (second contract or 6YFA) who is not a Rule 5 Selected Player or Draft Excluded Player and/or is not eligible to elect free-agency if outrighted (Adbert Alzolay, Miguel Amaya, Zach McKinstry, Christopher Morel, and Justin Steele), cannot be sent outright to the minors until Outright Assignment Waivers are secured - AND - the player has either signed a 2023 Major League contract, had his 2022 contract unilaterally renewed by the club, or agrees (in advance) to sign a 2023 minor league contract (if the Outright Assignment is contemplated prior to a 2023 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 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 5 Selected Player can be outrighted during this period only if Rule 5 restrictions have been removed, and an injured Rule 5 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 9-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 (Alexander Canario) 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 9-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 (Miguel Amaya) 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 (Kevin Alcantara, Ben Brown, Brennen Davis, and Ryan Jensen) 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 2022 World Series will have an automatic "no trade" restriction through June 15, 2023. 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: Seiya Suzuki) 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-2022 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 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.