Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 9-30-2019

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 one player is 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 2019)
Minor League Options Left
(2020)
Current Roster Status Contract Status
(2020)
PITCHERS (22+5)
Alzolay Adbert 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 0+019 1 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Barnette Tony 11-09-1983 R/R 6'1 190 3+091 2 (see Notes 3+5) RESTRICTED LIST SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option)
Cedeno Xavier 08-26-1986 L/L 5'11 210 6+005 0 (see Note 5) 60-DAY INJURED LIST FREE-AGENT
Chatwood Tyler 12-15-1989 R/R 5'11 200 8+039 0 (see Note 5) RESERVED SIGNED
Cishek Steve 06-18-1986 R/R 6'6 215 8+143 2 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED FREE-AGENT
Darvish Yu 08-16-1986 R/R 6'5 215 8+000 3 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED SIGNED (player opt-out)
Graveman Kendall 12-21-1990 R/R 6'2 200 4+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 13+143 3 (see Notes 3+5+8) RESERVED FREE-AGENT
Hendricks Kyle 12-07-1989 R/R 6'3 190 5+081 3 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED SIGNED
Holland Derek 10-09-1986 B/L 6'2 213 10+105 2 (see Notes 3+5+9) RESERVED SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option)
Hultzen Danny 11-28-1989 L/L 6'3 210 0+023 0 (see Notes 2+5) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Kimbrel Craig 05-28-1988 R/R 5'11 220 7+161 2 (see Notes 3+5+8) RESERVED SIGNED
Kintzler Brandon 08-01-1984 R/R 6'0 194 8+003 1 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED FREE-AGENT
Lester Jon 01-07-1984 L/L 6'4 240 13+075 1 (see Notes 3+5+8) RESERVED SIGNED
Maples Dillon 05-09-1992 R/R 6'2 230 0+114 1 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Mills Alec 11-30-1991 R/R 6'4 205 0+097 0 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Morrow Brandon 07-26-1984 R/R 6'3 205 11+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+070 1 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Phelps David 10-09-1986 R/R 6'3 200 7+156 2 (see Notes 3+5+9) RESERVED SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option)
Quintana Jose 01-24-1989 R/L 6'1 220 7+133 2 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option)
Ryan Kyle 09-25-1991 L/L 6'5 215 2+139 1 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE ("Super Two")
Steele Justin 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 0+000 2 (see Note 7) OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Strop Pedro 06-13-1985 R/R 6'1 220 8+156 0 (see Note 5) RESERVED FREE-AGENT
Underwood Jr Duane 07-20-1994 R/R 6'2 210 0+041 0 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Webster Allen 02-10-1990 R/R 6'2 200 1+170 0 (see Note 6) 60-DAY INJURED LIST AUTO-RENEWAL
Wick Rowan 11-09-1992 L/R 6'3 234 0+114 1 (see Note 5) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Wieck Brad 10-14-1991 L/L 6'9 255 0+126 1 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
CATCHERS (3)
Caratini Victor 08-17-1993 B/R 6'1 205 2+051 1 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Contreras Willson 05-13-1992 R/R 6'1 210 3+108 2 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Lucroy Jonathan 06-13-1986 R/R 6'0 200 9+136 3 (see Notes 3+5+9) RESERVED FREE-AGENT
INFIELDERS (10)
Baez Javy 12-01-1992 R/R 6'0 190 4+089 2 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Bote David 04-07-1993 R/R 6'1 210 1+100 2 RESERVED SIGNED
Bryant Kris 01-04-1992 R/R 6'5 215 4+171 3 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Descalso Daniel 10-19-1986 L/R 5'10 190 9+016 3 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED SIGNED
Garcia Robel 03-28-1993 B/R 6'0 168 0+068 2 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Hoerner Nico 05-13-1997 R/R 6'1 200 0+021 4 (see Note 4) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Kemp Tony 10-31-1991 L/R 5'6 165 2+098 0 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Rizzo Anthony 08-08-1989 L/L 6'3 240 7+168 1 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option)
Russell Addison 01-23-1994 R/R 6'0 200 4+152 2 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Zobrist Ben 05-26-1981 B/R 6'3 210 12+033 1 (see Notes 3+5+8) RESERVED FREE-AGENT
OUTFIELDERS (5)
Almora Albert 04-16-1994 R/R 6'2 200 3+073 2 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Castellanos Nicholas 03-04-1992 R/R 6'4 203 6+029 3 (see Notes 3+5+9) RESERVED FREE-AGENT
Happ Ian 08-17-1994 B/R 6'0 205 2+036 2 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Heyward Jason 08-09-1989 L/L 6'5 240 10+000 3 (see Notes 3+5+8+9) RESERVED SIGNED (player opt-out)
Schwarber Kyle 03-05-1993 L/R 6'0 220 4+086 3 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE

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 - Because he was on a minor league reserve list and was eligible for selection in the 2019 MLB Rule 5 Draft, had accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time, and had his contract selected and was added to an MLB Reserve List after August 15th, Danny Hultzen 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 - Nico Hoerner will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2023 if he has used three minor league options through the 2022 season.

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, Kendall Graveman, Addison Russell, and Kyle Schwarber), or who has been outrighted previously in his career (Danny Hultzen, 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 (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 (Adbert Alzolay, Victor Caratini, Robel Garcia, Tony Kemp, Dillon Maples, Alec Mills, and Duane Underwood Jr) 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 (Justin Steele) 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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  • crunch 41 min 30 sec ago (view)

    "MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."

    espada's had 2 interviews.  for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work.  SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.

     

  • JustSayin' 2 hours 6 min ago (view)

     That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter.  MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent.  They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players.  In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted.  For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col

     

  • Hagsag 2 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Thanks Mr. Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 33 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll. 

     

  • crunch 3 hours 58 min ago (view)

    The discussions on this matter have been quite varried.  There seems to be a lot of pressure connected to this on minor league team owners who haven't upgraded their facilities/park in a while or who lag in quality compared to their competitors.

    It seems like this would not only cause some teams to fold, but some radical redistribution of existing teams/cities into new minor league levels rather than just pruning some teams over others.

     

  • Hagsag 16 hours 11 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on the discussion to eliminate 42 low minor league teams in 2021? What would this do to the Dominican League? Thanks.

     

  • crunch 22 hours 15 min ago (view)

    yanks/astros game 6 was a f'n classic.  wow.

    altuve continues to build his astros legend.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Thanks for this. I agree they’ll probably take their chances in the Rule 5 if he will resign, though I really wouldn’t mind adding him back to the 40 man. I feel like he has a good chance to be effective out of the bullpen. 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    I hope Sagara doesn’t end up leaving because of the shakeup. The Athletic did report that his position might be eliminated but that he should be offered another role in the organization somewhere. All I know is Sagara’s name came up frequently in connection with the pitch lab, and he was credited for improvements with Ryan, Wick, and Wieck. Maybe he’ll end up focusing more specifically in that role helping guys tweak things in the lab. 

     

  • JustSayin' 2 days 32 min ago (view)

    Does anyone have insight into the new management hires and musical chairs the Cubs announced yesterday?  Craig Breslow might be the only guy out there with extensive MLB experience AND the grey matter to challenge any quant not making sense. His role intrigues me but are they going to give him real responsibility to clear out the deadwood (including the existing minor league coordinator who was never good enough to be the pitchers he's coaching?)  Or, is this a superficial change aimed at keeping ownership off Theo's back? 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: I think the Cubs want to retain Oscar de la Cruz post-2019, just not on the MLB 40-man roster.

     

  • Charlie 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Who are you all rooting for in the World Series? I'm rooting for the Nats to face and defeat Houston, I think, but with very mild interest. Let them get that championship out of the way and then maybe go the way of the post-2016 Cubs.

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil, what do you think the Cubs will do with Oscar de la Cruz if they don’t add him back to the 40 man? Can they try to re-sign him but wait until after the Rule 5 to make it official? Do you think they will try to keep him in the organization in some fashion? 

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Angels also make sense as a destination for Kris Bryant. 

     

  • azbobbop 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    I wonder if Maddon will take any of the coaches with him.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 1 min ago (view)

    I doubt that Maddon would have taken the job if the Angels aren't fully prepared to sign one or maybe even two FA TOR SP (like Gerrit Cole and/or Stephen Strasburg if he opts out). 

    When you have the best player in MLB and now the highest-paid manager, not making the playoffs again in 2020 just can't be acceptable.