Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 8-9-2022

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

38 players are on Cubs MLB Reserve List (two slots are open), plus six players are on the 60-day IL, one player is on the CoViD-related IL, 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 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 2021)
Minor League Option Years Left (2022)
Times optioned
(in 2022)
Roster Status Contract Status (2023)
PITCHERS (18+7)  
Adbert Alzolay 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 1+050 0 N/A 60-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Steven Brault 04-29-1992 L/L 6'0 195 4+085 1 [See Note 5] 0 CoViD IL ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Kervin Castro 02-07-1999 R/R 6'0 185 0+028 3 [See Note 4] 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Anderson Espinoza 03-09-1998 R/R 6'0 190 1+000 2 [See Note 4] 4 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Kyle Hendricks 12-07-1989 R/R 6'3 190 7+081 3 [See Notes 3+5] 0 15-DAY IL SIGNED
Codi Heuer 07-03-1996 R/R 6'5 200 2+000 3 [See Note 5] 0 60-DAY IL ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Brandon Hughes 12-01-1995 L/L 6'2 225 0+000 3 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Caleb Kilian 06-02-1997 R/R 6'4 180 0+000 4 [See Note 4] 2 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Mark Leiter Jr 03-13-1991 R/R 6'0 210 1+082 1 [See Note 5] 3 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Brailyn Marquez 01-30-1999 L/L 6'4 185 0+003 3 [See Note 4] 0 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Wade Miley 11-13-1986 L/L 6'2 220 10+025 3 [See Notes 3+5] 0 15-DAY IL FREE-AGENT
Alec Mills 11-30-1991 R/R 6'4 205 2+097 0 [See Note 5] N/A 15-DAY IL ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Sean Newcomb 06-12-1993 L/L 6'5 255 3+123 0 [See Note 5] N/A ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Ethan Roberts 07-04-1997 R/R 5'10 180 0+000 3 0 60-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Manuel Rodriguez 08-06-1996 R/R 5'11 205 0+074 2 [See Note 4] 0 60-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Michael Rucker 04-27-1994 R/R 6'1 195 0+066 3 [See Note 5] 3 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Adrian Sampson 10-07-1991 R/R 6'2 210 2+009 3 [See Note 5] 2 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL OR ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE ("SUPER TWO") - TBD
Drew Smyly 06-13-1989 L/L 6'2 188 9+143 2 [See Notes 3+5] 0 ACTIVE SIGNED OR FREE-AGENT (CLUB OPTION)
Justin Steele 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 0+143 1 [See Note 4] 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Marcus Stroman 05-01-1991 R/R 5'7 180 7+026 3 [See Notes 3+5] 0 ACTIVE SIGNED
Keegan Thompson 03-13-1995 R/R 6'2 210 0+131 3 [See Note 4] 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Erich Uelmen 05-19-1996 R/R 6'3 210 0+000 3 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Alexander Vizcaino 05-22-1997 R/R 6'2 160 0+000 3 [See Note 4] 0 OPTIONED / RESTRICTED LIST AUTO-RENEWAL
Rowan Wick 11-09-1992 L/R 6'3 234 2+114 1 [See Note 5] 0 ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Brad Wieck 10-14-1991 L/L 6'9 255 2+085 0 [See Note 5] N/A 60-DAY IL ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
CATCHERS (4)  
Miguel Amaya 03-09-1999 R/R 6'1 185 0+000 2 [See Note 4] 0 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Willson Contreras 05-13-1992 R/R 6'1 210 5+108 2 [See Notes 3+5] 0 ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Yan Gomes 07-19-1987 R/R 6'2 212 9+083 2 [See Notes 3+5] 0 ACTIVE SIGNED
P. J. Higgins 05-10-1993 R/R 5'10 195 0+138 3 [See Note 5] 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
INFIELDERS (8)  
David Bote 04-07-1993 R/R 6'1 210 3+100 2 [See Note 5] 1 ACTIVE SIGNED
Nico Hoerner 05-13-1997 R/R 6'1 200 2+014 2 [See Note 5] 0 ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Nick Madrigal 03-05-1997 R/R 5'8 175 1+164 3 0 ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE ("SUPER TWO")
Zach McKinstry 04-29-1995 L/R 6'0 180 0+148 1 2 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Christopher Morel 06-24-1999 R/R 6'0 140 0+000 3 [See Note 4] 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Alfonso Rivas 09-13-1996 L/L 5'11 190 0+037 3 2 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Frank Schwindel 06-29-1992 R/R 6'1 220 0+111 2 2 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Patrick Wisdom 08-27-1991 R/R 6'2 220 1+058 1 [See Note 5] 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
OUTFIELDERS (7+1)  
Alexander Canario 05-07-2000 R/R 6'1 165 0+000 3 [See Note 4] 0 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Narciso Crook 07-12-1995 R/R 6'3 220 0+000 3 1 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Ian Happ 08-17-1994 B/R 6'0 205 4+036 2 [See Notes 3+5] 0 ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Michael Hermosillo 01-17-1995 R/R 6'0 205 1+064 0 [See Note 5] N/A 60-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Jason Heyward 08-09-1989 L/L 6'5 240 12+000 3 [See Notes 3+5+8] 0 10-DAY IL SIGNED
Rafael Ortega 05-15-1991 L/R 5'11 180 1+145 0 [See Note 5] N/A ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE ("SUPER TWO")
Franmil Reyes 07-07-1995 R/R 6'5 265 3+115 2 [See Note 5] 1 ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Seiya Suzuki 08-18-1994 R/R 5'11 182 0+000 4 [See Notes 3+4+5+8] 0 ACTIVE SIGNED
Nelson Velazquez 12-26-1998 R/R 6'0 200 0+000 3 1 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL

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 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 (Willson Contreras, Yan Gomes, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Wade Miley, Drew Smyly, and Marcus Stroman, plus Ian Happ beginning on 8/20), 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 - 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, Alexander Canario, Kervin Castro, 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), Caleb Kilian is eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2025 if 3rd option is spent in 2024 (TBD), and Seiya Suzuki is eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2025 or 2026 (TBD).

NOTE 5 - Any player who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Willson Contreras, Yan Gomes, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Wade Miley, Drew Smyly, and Marcus Stroman, plus Ian Happ beginning on 8/20, 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 (David Bote, Steven Brault, Franmil Reyes, Ian Happ, and Sean Newcomb, plus Alec Mills beginning on 6/20, Brad Wieck beginning on 7/2, Nico Hoerner beginning on 9/11, and Codi Heuer beginning on 9/25), or who has not yet accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time but who has been outrighted previously in his career (Michael Hermosillo, P. J. Higgins, Mark Leiter Jr, Rafael Ortega, 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 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 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 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 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 / 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-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

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  • Sonicwind75 2 hours 20 min ago (view)

    I try not to 2nd guess any moves made prior to November 2, 2016.  That being said, paying a premium for defense for someone who doesn't play a premium up the middle defensive position might not be a good strategy going forward. 

    Also not sure I would say E-Jax was the worst signing.  If the goal was to tank and collect high draft picks then there were few better contracts than Edwin Jackson.

     

  • bradsbeard 2 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Phil, what are your thoughts on Pedro Ramirez? He has been tearing it up for the last few weeks and homered again last night. Power especially has come on recently, but he is a smaller guy limited to 2B, so I'm wondering how you would project him as he moves up the ladder. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 46 min ago (view)

    RHRP Manny Rodriguez (on Cubs 60-day IL - right shoulder inflammation / right elbow strain) with his first game action since April 12th, pitching an inning in relief for ACL Cubs versus ACL Brewers Blue at Sloan Park Monday night... He pitched a scoreless frame, allowed no hits, walked two, and struck out one (swinging). FB: 93-96 and SL: 85-88. He threw 25 pitches (15 strikes), 17 FB and eight SL, got only two swing & miss (one on an 95 MPH FB and the swinging strikeout on an 87 MPH SL).

     

  • JoePepitone 13 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Sounds like you've found your guy!

     

  • videographer 14 hours 35 min ago (view)

    I hope the Cubs bring back Leiter next year.  I just love watching him blow leads, give up home runs and deflate whatever momentum the team is having.

     

  • crunch 14 hours 40 min ago (view)

    it's not good.  it's not even average.  he's a below-average guy out there.

    i dont think reyes belongs as a regular in LF/RF, but i don't think schwarber belongs in LF at all.  schwarber takes some of the weirdest routes i've seen since adam dunn (who had 0 business playing anything but DH, ever).  dunn is harsh...maybe BAL-era mark trumbo is more fair.

     

  • DavidP 16 hours 11 min ago (view)

    He isn't Schwarber level bad?  I have never seen him, but the reports on him are pretty bad.

     

  • crunch 18 hours 13 min ago (view)

    he's not much of a fielder, but it's not like he's schwarber-level bad.

    next 2 months will be interesting for how he fits into 2023 plans.  they bought a 1.5m lotto ticket.  if they win, they get to pay him 5m+ next year.  woo.

     

  • Cubster 18 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Reyes DH and batting 5th

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 51 min ago (view)

    My objection to the Heyward signing (eight years - $184M - partial "no trade:" that would eventually morph into a full "no trade") was that Heyward would block RF for many years when two of the Cubs best prospects at that time (Jorge Soler and Eloy Jimenez) were rightfielders, and I thought the money coud be better spent. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 56 min ago (view)

    DAVID P: If Alexander Vizcaino were to spend the entire 2022 season on Optional Assignment (he was optioned to AA Tennessee during Spring Trainng) and the Restricted List (which he must, because he cannot be reinstated from the Restricted List during the season if he has not been reinstated by August 1st), he will - NOT - accrue a year of minor league service toward being an MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA, if he were to be outrighted to the minors at some point in the future.

     

  • crunch 19 hours 7 min ago (view)

    yeah, he got his market...i just wish the cubs weren't in on it when it got to that level of $$ and years.  i didn't mind the years, but that is a lot of loot for michael brantley with a better glove/arm playing RF.

     

  • George Altman 19 hours 36 min ago (view)

    To clarify, I didn't say I liked the signing.

    I disagree and am tired of the narrative that Heyward was 'overpaid'. He signed in 2016 for below market value.

    How many FA offers/signings would be retracted if we could see 1 yr into the future, let alone 5-6 years.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 22 min ago (view)

    i know some of you guys like the heyward signing, but they gave 23m a year for 8 years to a guy that was hitting 10-15 homers and 30 doubles with a .350 ob% for 3 seasons coming into this contract.

    great D is awesome, but it's RF...we're talking about 2 chances a game on average (and that's rounded up).

    i didn't like the signing, but i didn't think it would be this much of an anchor.  7 years, 184m, and a slash line of .245/.323/.377 in 2836 trips to the plate (assuming he's mostly done this season with playing time).

     

  • George Altman 21 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Just a reminder that in the 2015 off season, Heyward had 2 other offers equal or greater than $184M/8 yrs. He was a 5.0.WAR player ($32m+/yr value) at 26 years old signed to an AAV of $23M/yr. 

    Epstein did NOT overpay for him.

    Obviously, it didn't work out completely to the Cubs benefit. Just quite a bit tired of his Salary constantly being brought up like a 'dig'.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 22 hours 47 min ago (view)

    I would have made the same call. Granted it's not my or your $184 mil so that's a pretty easy call for us.

    That said, it was time for the end. I do wish him well, and genuinely hope he enjoys that sweet, sweet pile of money.