Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 5-7-2021

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

40 players are on Cubs MLB Reserve List (roster is full), plus three players are on 60-day IL, and one player has been Designated for Assignment

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 Bats /
Throws
HEIGHT /
WEIGHT
MLB Service Time
(thru 2020)
Minor League Options Left
(2021)
Roster Status Contract Status
(2022)
PITCHERS (22+4)
Abbott Cory 09-20-1995 R/R 6'2 220 0+000 3 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Adam Jason 08-04-1991 R/R 6'3 229 1+089 2 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Alzolay Adbert 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 0+050 1 (see Note 4) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Arrieta Jake 03-06-1986 R/R 6'4 230 9+145 1 (see Notes 3+5+8) 10-DAY IL SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (MUTUAL OPTION)
Brothers Rex 12-18-1987 L/L 6'0 205 5+163 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
Chafin Andrew 06-17-1990 L/L 6'2 235 6+020 2 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED OR FREE-AGENT (MUTUAL OPTION)
Davies Zach 02-07-1993 R/R 6'0 180 5+020 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Hendricks Kyle 12-07-1989 R/R 6'3 190 6+081 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Holder Jonathan 06-09-1993 R/R 6'2 232 3+124 1 (see Note 5) 60-DAY IL SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
Kimbrel Craig 05-28-1988 R/R 5'11 220 8+161 2 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED OR FREE-AGENT (AUTO-VEST or ELSE CLUB OPTION)
Maples Dillon 05-09-1992 R/R 6'2 230 0+136 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Marquez Brailyn 01-30-1999 L/L 6'4 185 0+003 3 OR 4 - TBD (see Note 4) OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Megill Trevor 12-06-1993 L/R 6'8 250 0+000 3 (see Note 5) 10-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Miller Shelby 10-10-1990 R/R 6'3 225 6+093 2 (see Notes 3+5) 10-DAY IL FREE-AGENT
Miller Tyson 07-29-1995 R/R 6'4 215 0+006 2 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Mills Alec 11-30-1991 R/R 6'4 205 1+097 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Rodriguez Manuel 08-06-1996 R/R 5'11 205 0+008 2 OR 3 - TBD (see Note 4) OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Ryan Kyle 09-25-1991 L/L 6'5 215 3+139 1 (see Note 5) DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
Steele Justin 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 0+011 1 OR 2 - TBD (see Note 4) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Stewart Kohl 10-07-1994 R/R 6'3 200 1+094 2 (see Note 5) OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Tepera Ryan 11-03-1987 R/R 6'1 195 5+008 1 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Thompson Keegan 03-13-1995 R/R 6'2 210 0+000 3 OR 4 - TBA (see Note 4) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Wick Rowan 11-09-1992 L/R 6'3 234 1+114 1 (see Note 5) 60-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL or SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE (TBD)
Wieck Brad 10-14-1991 L/L 6'9 255 1+125 1 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL OR SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE (TBD)
Williams Trevor 04-25-1992 R/R 6'3 235 4+027 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
Winkler Dan 02-02-1990 R/R 6'3 205 5+063 2 (see Notes 3+5) 10-DAY IL FREE-AGENT
CATCHERS (4)
Amaya Miguel 03-09-1999 R/R 6'1 185 0+000 2 OR 3 - TBD (see Note 4) OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Contreras Willson 05-13-1992 R/R 6'1 210 4+108 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
Romine Austin 11-22-1988 R/R 6'1 216 7+045 0 (see Notes 5+8) 60-DAY IL FREE-AGENT
Wolters Tony 5'10 195 L/R 06-09-1992 4+161 1 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
INFIELDERS (9)
Baez Javy 12-01-1992 R/R 6'0 190 5+089 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Bote David 04-07-1993 R/R 6'1 210 2+100 (see Note 5) 2 ACTIVE SIGNED
Bryant Kris 01-04-1992 R/R 6'5 215 5+171 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Duffy Matt 01-15-1991 R/R 6'2 190 5+059 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Hoerner Nico 05-13-1997 R/R 6'1 200 1+021 3 10-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Morel Christopher 06-24-1999 R/R 6'0 140 0+000 3 OR 4 - TBD (see Note 4) OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Rizzo Anthony 08-08-1989 L/L 6'3 240 8+168 1 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Sogard Eric 05-22-1986 L/R 5'10 180 8+134 1 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Vargas Ildemaro 07-16-1991 B/R 6'0 180 2+028 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
OUTFIELDERS (5)
Happ Ian 08-17-1994 B/R 6'0 205 3+036 2 (see Note 5) 10-DAY IL SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
Heyward Jason 08-09-1989 L/L 6'5 240 11+000 3 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED
Marisnick Jake 03-30-1991 R/R 6'4 220 6+132 1 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED OR FREE-AGENT (MUTUAL OPTION)
Martini Nick 06-27-1990 L/L 6'0 205 1+028 1 (see Note 5) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Pederson Joc 04-21-1992 L/L 6'1 220 6+028 3 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (MUTUAL OPTION)

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

NOTE 2 - The Cubs have no players with MLB Rule 6 Draft- Excluded Player status on their MLB Reserve List at this time.

NOTE 3 - Any player who has minor league options left and who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Jake Arrieta, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Andrew Chafin, Zach Davies, Matt Duffy,Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Jake Marisnick, Shelby Miller, Joc Pederson, Anthony Rizzo, Eric Sogard, Ryan Tepera, and Dan Winkler, plus Tony Wolters beginning on 4/11, Willson Contreras beginning on 6/3, and Trevor Williams beginning on 8/23) and any international player with Article XIX-A contractual rights 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 - Adbert Alzolay will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2021, Justin Steele will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2022 if his 3rd option is spent in 2021, Miguel Amaya and Manuel Rodriguez will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2023 if the 3rd option is spent in 2022, and Brailyn Marquez, Christopher Morel, and Keegan Thompson will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2024 if the 3rd option is spent in 2023 (TBD).

NOTE 5 - Any player who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Jake Arrieta, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Andrew Chafin, Zach Davies, Matt Duffy, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Jake Marisnick, Shelby Miller, Joc Pederson, Anthony Rizzo, Austin Romine, Eric Sogard, Ryan Tepera, and Dan Winkler, plus Rex Brothers beginning on 4/9, Tony Wolters beginning on 4/11, Willson Contreras beginning on 6/3, Trevor Williams beginning on 8/23, and Ildemaro Vargas beginning on 9/22, and any international player with Article XIX-A contractual rights 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 (Willson Contreras, Ian Happ, Jonathan Holder, Kyle Ryan, Ildemaro Vargas, and Trevor Williams, plus David Bote beginning on 6/11), or who has not yet accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time but who has been outrighted previously in his career (Nick Martini, Trevor Megill, Kohl Stewart, and Rowan Wick), 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 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 2020 World Series, an unsigned MLB Rule 55-eligible player (second contract or 6YFA) 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 2020 Major League contract, had his 2019 contract unilaterally renewed by the club, or agrees (in advance) to sign a 2020 minor league contract (if the Outright Assignment is contemplated prior to a 2020 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 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 2020 World Series (Jake Arrieta, Andrew Chafin, Jake Marisnick, Joc Pederson, and Austin Romine will have an automatic "no trade" restriction through June 15, 2021. 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 10/5: Jason Heyward - PARTIAL: Craig Kimbrel) 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-2020 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

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  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 41 min ago (view)

    BTW, if you haven't read my Roster Rules section lately, it has been updated for 2021 

    One of the most significant changes is that minor league affiliates no longer have individual reserve lists.

    It used to be that the AAA reserve list limit was 38 players, AA was 37, and each single-A affiliate and short-season affiliate was 35 for the entire year including the off-season.  

    Now, there are two reserve lists, one called the "Domestic Reserve List," and the other called the "International Reserve List."

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 1 min ago (view)

    I know I posted the Kelley and Polanco releases during Minor League Camp and the Kellogg, Katz, and Krzeminski signings about a  week or two ago, but I probably did not post the Snelten release. 

     

  • videographer 16 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Per Baseball America:  players signed and released over the last two weeks.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    turned into a combined no-hitter.

    miller/nance/wieck/meisinger

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    MRI for marisnick on monday...no d/l yet, but it seems likely

    also heyward has a hand issue and that's why he was removed in the 9th for a pinch hitter.  no word on if that's going to be a thing going forward or just a "sleep it off" thing.

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    sad thing is you can't even count on heyward slotting over to CF.  his D is getting subpar, average on a good day, and he can barely handle RF as steady as he used to at this point.

    2y/44m left on that deal...

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    may 9th and hendricks puts in 5 innings (88 pitches) to bring the team lead in SP innings pitched to 34.2ip

    if arrieta didn't get injured (missing his last game) and pitched a hell of a game he wouldn't have hit 40ip+ unless he threw a complete game.

    might not have a single starter going 200ip this year even if they stay healthy.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Dominating three innings for Shelby Miller in his rehab start for AAA Iowa today.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Jake Marisnick has had several DL/IL stints due to hamstring injuries over the years, so this is nothing new.

    I would think Cameron Maybin will probably get the call-up if Marisnick goes on the IL, although adding Maybin to the 40 would require a corresponding 40-man roster deletion (60-day IL or DFA). 

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    j.marisnick right hamstring strain...may or may not hit the DL.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    PIT has 3 runs on on a walk and a slew of hits with an exit velocity comparable to the arm speed of a 5 year old throwing a dry sponge.

    also, marisnick is injured and done.  he's walking off the field before being checked on.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    crazy quiet at the park today in the 1st.

    hendricks loading the f'n bases with 0 outs isn't helping.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Shelby Miller on a rehab assignment. Hope he stays there

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    javy got a back ouchie and sitting today (sunday)

     

  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    both him and his sister (who's since left twitter) have some interesting opinions on what civility and real americans are and are not.

    it may run in the family, but they're grown ass adults responsible for what things they put out in the world for public consumption.

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Piece of gabage.