Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 12-1-2021

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

39 players are on Cubs MLB Reserve List (one slot is open).

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 DoB B / T H / W
MLB Service Time (thru 2021)
Minor League Options Left (2022)
Roster Status Contract Status
(2022)
PITCHERS (19)  
Abbott Cory 09-20-1995 R/R 6'2 220 0+014 2 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Alzolay Adbert 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 1+050 0 [See Note 6] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Effross Scott 12-28-1993 R/R 6'2 202 0+037 3 [See Note 2] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Espinoza Anderson 03-09-1998 R/R 6'0 190 1+000 1 OR 2 [See Notes 4+7] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Hendricks Kyle 12-07-1989 R/R 6'3 190 7+081 3 [See Notes 3+5] RESERVED SIGNED
Heuer Codi 07-03-1996 R/R 6'5 200 2+000 3 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Marquez Brailyn 01-30-1999 L/L 6'4 185 0+003 2 OR 3 [See Notes 4+7] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Miley Wade 11-13-1986 L/L 6'2 220 10+025 3 [See Notes 3+5] RESERVED SIGNED
Mills Alec 11-30-1991 R/R 6'4 205 2+097 0 [See Note 6] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Nance Tommy 09-20-1995 R/R 6'6 235 0+069 2 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Roberts Ethan 07-04-1997 R/R 5'10 180 0+000 3 [See Notes 2+7] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Rodriguez Manuel 08-06-1996 R/R 5'11 205 0+074 1 OR 2 [See Note 4] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Rucker Michael 04-27-1994 R/R 6'1 195 0+066 3 [See Note 5] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Steele Justin 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 0+141 1 [See Notes 4+6] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Stroman Marcus 05-01-1991 R/R 5'7 180 7+026 3 [See Notes 3+5+8] RESERVED SIGNED
Thompson Keegan 03-13-1995 R/R 6'2 210 0+130 2 OR 3 [See Note 4] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Vizcaino Alexander 05-22-1997 R/R 6'2 160 0+000 2 OR 3 [See Notes 4+7] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Wick Rowan 11-09-1992 L/R 6'3 234 2+114 1 [See Note 5] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Wieck Brad 10-14-1991 L/L 6'9 255 2+082 0 [See Note 6] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
CATCHERS (3)  
Amaya Miguel 03-09-1999 R/R 6'1 185 0+000 1 OR 2 [See Notes 4+7] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Contreras Willson 05-13-1992 R/R 6'1 210 5+108 2 [See Notes 3+5] RESERVED SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
Gomes Yan 07-19-1987 R/R 6'2 212 9+083 2 [See Notes 3+5+8] RESERVED SIGNED
INFIELDERS (8)  
Alcantara Sergio 07-10-1996 B/R 5'9 151 1+005 0 [See Note 5] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Bote David 04-07-1993 R/R 6'1 210 3+100 2 [See Note 5] RESERVED SIGNED
Hoerner Nico 05-13-1997 R/R 6'1 200 2+014 2 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Madrigal Nick 03-05-1997 R/R 5'8 175 1+164 3 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Morel Christopher 06-24-1999 R/R 6'0 140 0+000 2 OR 3 [See Notes 4+7] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Rivas Alfonso 09-13-1996 L/L 5'11 190 0+037 3 [See Note 2] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Schwindel Frank 06-29-1992 R/R 6'1 220 0+094 2 [See Note 6] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Wisdom Patrick 08-27-1991 R/R 6'2 220 1+058 1 [See Note 5] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
OUTFIELDERS (9)  
Canario Alexander 05-07-2000 R/R 6'1 165 0+000 2 OR 3 [See Notes 4+7] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Deichmann Greg 05-31-1995 L/R 6'2 205 0+019 2 OR 3 [See Note 4] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Frazier Clint 09-06-1994 R/R 5'11 212 3+149 1 [See Note 5] RESERVED SIGNED
Happ Ian 08-17-1994 B/R 6'0 205 4+036 2 [See Note 5] RESERVED SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
Hermosillo Michael 01-17-1995 R/R 6'0 205 1+064 0 [See Note 5] RESERVED SIGNED
Heyward Jason 08-09-1989 L/L 6'5 240 12+000 3 [See Notes 3+5+8] RESERVED SIGNED
Ortega Rafael 05-15-1991 L/R 5'11 180 1+145 0 [See Note 5] RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Ramirez Harold 09-06-1994 R/R 5'10 232 2+124 0 [See Note 5] RESERVED SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE ("SUPER TWO")
Velazquez Nelson 12-26-1998 R/R 6'0 200 0+000 3 [See Notes 2+7] 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 eligible for selection in the 2021 MLB Rule 5 Draft and had their contracts selected from a minor league reserve list and were added to an MLB Reserve List after August 15th, Scott Effross, Alfonso Rivas, Ethan Roberts, and Nelson Velazquez will have Draft- Excluded Player status beginning on the 5th day after the final game of the 2021 World Series and extending until 20 days prior to 2022 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 (Willson Contreras, Yan Gomes, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Marcus Stroman, and Wade Miley), 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 - Justin Steele is eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2022, Miguel Amaya, Anderson Espinoza, and Manuel Rodriguez will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2023 if the 3rd option is spent in 2022, and Alexander Canario, Greg Deichmann, Brailyn Marquez, Christopher Morel, Keegan Thompson, and Alexander Vizcaino 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 (Willson Contreras, Yan Gomes, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Marcus Stroman, and Wade Miley), 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 (David Bote, Clint Frazier, and Ian Happ), or who has not yet accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time but who has been outrighted previously in his career (Sergio Alcantara, Michael Hermosillo, Rafael Ortega, Harold Ramirez, Michael Rucker, 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 2021 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 2021 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, Alec Mills, Frank Schwindel, Justin Steele, and Brad Wieck) cannot be sent outright to the minors until Outright Assignment Waivers are secured and the player has either signed a 2022 Major League contract, had his 2021 contract unilaterally renewed by the club, or agrees (in advance) to sign a 2022 minor league contract (if the Outright Assignment is contemplated prior to a 2022 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 (Miguel Amaya, Alexander Canario, Anderson Espinoza, Brailyn Marquez, Christopher Morel, and Alexander Vizcaino) 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 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 (Ethan Roberts and Nelson Velazquez) 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 2021 World Series (Yan Gomes and Marcus Stroman) will have an automatic "no trade" restriction through June 15, 2022. 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 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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  • CubsCentral08 21 hours 20 min ago (view)

    List is up to 12 now

    Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama
    Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic
    Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic
    Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
    Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela
    Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
    Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
    Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
    Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic
    Freylin Silverio, RHP, Dominican Republic
    Sandy Sanchez, SS, Dominican Republic
    Darlin de Leon, SS, Dominican Republic

     

  • Wrigley Rat 22 hours 28 min ago (view)

    In addition to those signed today, it's worth noting that seven players were signed to future-service contracts during the last international free agent signing period, and are expected to make their system-debut this coming season (most likely in the Dominican Republic). Those players are:

    • RHP - Luis Angel Reyes
    • LHP - Kevin Valdez
    • RHP - Jensi Ramirez
    • RHP - Yafrerlyn Vasquez
    • RHP - Eligio Paredes
    • RHP - Jair Jimenez
    • OF - Edward Vargas

     

     

  • Wrigley Rat 22 hours 28 min ago (view)

    The Cubs added four more International Free Agents so far today:

    • Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
    • Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic

     

     

  • Wrigley Rat 22 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Sneak peak into the International Free Agent Signings that officially start tomorrow (Saturday):

    Chicago Cubs ($5,179,700 total bonus pool) - 5 Signings (so far):

    • Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama ($1,500,000 bonus)
    • Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,300,000 bonus)
    • Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,000,000 bonus)
    • Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela

     

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    wsox snagging cuban oscar colas...23 year old high end power prospect that could slot into the majors quickly.

    they're building a hell of a batting core on the south side of town.

     

  • Cubster 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Jon Lester retires. Definitely one of the key people in their Theo era run. 

     

  • crunch 4 days 19 hours ago (view)

    meeting on thursday.  hopefully this stuff can get done before going too deep into february.

     

  • crunch 6 days 18 hours ago (view)

    yanks low-A naming rachel balkovec as manager.  first female manager in the minors.

    she was also the first female strength/conditioning coach and hitting coach in rookie leagues for the yanks.

     

  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    "Evan Drellich of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is preparing new economic proposals to present to the MLBPA, "likely this month.""

     

  • tim815 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    As best as I understand, there are the 4 full-season levels with only one affiliate per organization at each level, and the compound league. Toss in the DSL, and that's it. If a team wants and can accommodate a second (or third) Compound League team, that's a decision for "later than January".

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 week 5 days ago (view)

    AZ Phil or others - Are major league teams allowed to announce new minor league affiliates for 2022 during this lockout? I ask because there was some discussion about possibly adding a short season league team for next year. Are clubs even allowed to have a 5th non-rookie league team? With all the players jammed up at the A level, it seems like it would be smart to add an additional team for them and this year's incoming draft picks. Of course, they could always just keep two Arizona teams going and it would probably be just fine. Just wondering - thanks and Happy New Year!

     

  • crunch 1 week 5 days ago (view)

    cameron maybin is retiring, which saves the cubs from once again obtaining or attempting to obtain cameron maybin.

    2022 looking good so far.

     

  • Cubster 2 weeks 1 day ago (view)

    Welcome to 2022. 
    First news of the year: The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have reached a deal with Tyler Chatwalk! Hope they have a bigger strike zone there.

     

  • Cubster 2 weeks 2 days ago (view)

    Thanks Phil. Great reply as always. Have a happy and healthy New Year (everyone, but especially AZ Phil)!

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 weeks 2 days ago (view)

    Kyle Seager is a post-2021 Article XX-B free-agent who is not under the control of an MLB club, so his announcing his retirement is no different than announcing he and his family are going out to dinner tomorrow night or taking a trip to Hawaii next month.  

    The only time a player "files for retirement" and is placed on a club's Voluntary Retired List is if he is signed, or unsigned but under the control of a club. 

     

  • crunch 2 weeks 2 days ago (view)

    retirement in MLB is an official paperwork process so it might be a frozen issue for filing.  technically there is still work being done like business worked on but not completed before the lockout, as well as other business both sides agree isn't an issue.  dunno if they're processing retirement paperwork.

    seager hit 35 homers last year and could, at the very least, platoon with someone while still earning decent loot.

    that said, he's in his mid-30s and made 100m at his job.  plus, covid-era baseball just isn't fun even if you toss the health issues aside.