Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 12-6-2019

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

37 players are on Cubs MLB Reserve List (three 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 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 2019)
Minor League Options Left
(2020)
Roster Status Contract Status
(2020)
PITCHERS (21)
Alzolay Adbert 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 0+019 1 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Chatwood Tyler 12-15-1989 R/R 5'11 200 8+039 0 (see Note 5) RESERVED SIGNED
Cotton Jharel 01-19-1992 R/R 5'11 200 3+026 2 (see Note 5) RESERVED SIGNED
Darvish Yu 08-16-1986 R/R 6'5 215 8+000 3 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED SIGNED
Hendricks Kyle 12-07-1989 R/R 6'3 190 5+081 3 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED SIGNED
Kimbrel Craig 05-28-1988 R/R 5'11 220 7+161 2 (see Notes 3+5+8) RESERVED SIGNED
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
Miller Tyson 07-29-1995 R/R 6'4 215 0+000 3 (see Notes 2+7) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Mills Alec 11-30-1991 R/R 6'4 205 0+097 0 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Norwood James 12-24-1993 R/R 6'2 215 0+070 1 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Pelham C. D. 02-21-1995 L/L 6'6 235 0+027 2 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Quintana Jose 01-24-1989 R/L 6'1 220 7+133 2 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED SIGNED
Rea Colin 07-01-1990 R/R 6'5 235 2+140 2 (see Notes 2+7) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Rodriguez Manuel 08-6-1996 R/R 5'11 205 0+000 3 (see Notes 2+7) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
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) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Underwood Jr Duane 07-20-1994 R/R 6'2 210 0+041 0 (see Note 6) RESERVED 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
Winkler Dan 02-02-1990 R/R 6'3 205 4+063 2 (see Note 5) RESERVED SIGNED
CATCHERS (3)
Amaya Miguel 03-09-1999 R/R 6'1 185 0+000 3 (see Notes 2+7) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
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
INFIELDERS (9)
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
Short Zack 05-29-1995 R/R 5'10 180 0+000 3 (see Notes 2+7) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
OUTFIELDERS (4)
Almora Albert 04-16-1994 R/R 6'2 200 3+073 2 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
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) RESERVED SIGNED
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 they were on a minor league reserve list and were eligible for selection in the 2019 MLB Rule 5 Draft, had accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time, and had their contracts selected and were added to an MLB Reserve List after August 15th, Miguel Amaya, Tyson Miller, Colin Rea, Manuel Rodriguez, and Zack Short 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 (Yu Darvish, Daniel Descalso, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and Anthony Rizzo) 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 - 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 (Tyler Chatwood, Yu Darvish, Daniel Descalso, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and Anthony Rizzo) 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 (Albert Almora, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Jharel Cotton, Kyle Schwarber, and Dan Winkler), or who has not yet accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time but who has been outrighted previously in his career (Kyle Ryan 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 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 (Miguel Amaya, Tyson Miller, Colin Rea, Manuel Rodriguez, and Zack Short 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: Jon Lester - PARTIAL: Yu Darvish, Jason Heyward, and 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-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 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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  • Charlie 1 hour 59 min ago (view)

    I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.

     

  • Charlie 2 hours 3 min ago (view)

    If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 20 min ago (view)

    i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.

    Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 30 min ago (view)

    jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs. 

     

  • crunch 19 hours 41 min ago (view)

    d.ross meets the media at winter meetings...video/audio

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1ypKdBvlvzyJW

     

  • jdrnym 23 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.

     

  • crunch 1 day 42 min ago (view)

    jeremy jeffress agrees.

     

  • Rob Richardson 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    It's high time if you ask me.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    as awesome as bryant is, it would probably be good for the cubs to find him a new home before his play at 3rd turns him into a corner OF'r...which seems inevitable sooner than later.

    i'm still impressed how much his D improved since he was drafted, but he's already losing a step at the position early in his career.

     

  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    minor league ballplayers will no longer have to worry about getting suspended for testing positive for weed...it's off the prohibited substances list.

    about time.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    3B Alec Bohm and RHSP Spencer Howard would likely be the Cubs asking price and the Phils probably say no, but if they don't say no, that could be a deal. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine
    Cubs have had talks with Phils on Bryant. Nothing there at the moment. Service time grievance still an issue.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Humerous 30 minutes this morning when both Mark Gonzalez and Gordon Wittenmyer tweeted out that the Cubs would be receiving Conor Lillis-White as the PTBNL in the Tommy La Stella trade as if it were just now happening. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    marvin miller and ted simmons are part of the next HOF class.

    long time coming for miller.

     

  • crunch 2 days 22 hours ago (view)

    things that are important to good on-field play like buying up all the property around wrigley field, from rooftops to acerage, isn't going to monetize itself.

    i know some people would love to have a top tier pitcher, but i'm looking forward to more control of rooftop advertising and an open air beer garden near the team owned hotel and resturant complexes.

    i know some people want a solid leadoff man, but i'm looking forward to seeing 10-20 concerts on off-days destroying the playing field so that extra revenue can help a polician in Nebraska or Iowa get some ad buys.