Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 10-20-2021

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

39 players are on Cubs MLB Reserve List (one slot is open), plus eight players are on 60-day IL.

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 (21+3)
Abbott Cory 09-20-1995 R/R 6'2 220 0+014 2 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Adam Jason 08-04-1991 R/R 6'4 229 1+128 1 (see Notes 2+6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Alzolay Adbert 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 1+050 0 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Brothers Rex 12-18-1987 L/L 6'0 205 5+163 0 (see Note 5) RESERVED SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
Davies Zach 02-07-1993 R/R 6'0 180 6+020 2 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED FREE-AGENT
Effross Scott 12-28-1993 R/R 6'2 202 0+037 3 (see Notes 2+6) 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
Holder Jonathan 06-09-1993 R/R 6'2 232 4+124 1 (see Note 5) 60-DAY IL SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
Marquez Brailyn 01-30-1999 L/L 6'4 185 0+003 2 OR 3 (see Notes 4+7) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Megill Trevor 12-06-1993 L/R 6'8 250 0+108 2 (see Note 5) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Mills Alec 11-30-1991 R/R 6'4 205 2+097 0 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Morgan Adam 02-27-1990 L/L 6'1 200 5+114 0 (see Note 5) RESERVED SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
Nance Tommy 09-20-1995 R/R 6'6 235 0+069 2 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
Sampson Adrian 10-07-1991 R/R 6'2 210 2+009 3 (see Notes 2+5) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Steele Justin 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 0+141 1 (see Notes 4+6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Stewart Kohl 10-07-1994 R/R 6'3 200 2+028 1 (see Note 5) 60-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
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 or SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE (TBD)
Wieck Brad 10-14-1991 L/L 6'9 255 2+083 0 (see Note 6) 60-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
CATCHERS (3+2)
Amaya Miguel 03-09-1999 R/R 6'1 185 0+000 1 OR 2 (see Notes 4+7) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Chirinos Robinson 06-05-1984 R/R 6'1 220 9+022 1 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED FREE-AGENT
Contreras Willson 05-13-1992 R/R 6'1 210 5+108 2 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED SALARY ARBITRATION ELIGIBLE
Higgins P. J. 05-10-1993 R/R 5'10 195 0+138 3 (see Note 6) 60-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Lobaton Jose 10-21-1984 B/R 6'1 212 7+156 0 (see Note 5) 60-DAY IL FREE-AGENT
INFIELDERS (8+2)
Alcantara Sergio 07-10-1996 B/R 5'9 151 1+003 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
Duffy Matt 01-15-1991 R/R 6'2 190 6+059 3 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED FREE-AGENT
Giambrone Trent 12-20-1993 R/R 5'8 175 0+005 3 (see Note 2) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
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 60-DAY IL 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) 60-DAY IL 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 (7+1)
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
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 Notes 2+5) 60-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Heyward Jason 08-09-1989 L/L 6'5 240 12+000 3 (see Notes 3+5+8) RESERVED SIGNED
Martini Nick 06-27-1990 L/L 6'0 205 1+077 1 (see Notes 2+5) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Ortega Rafael 05-15-1991 L/R 5'11 180 1+145 0 (see Note 5) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Thompson Trayce 03-15-1991 R/R 6'3 225 2+057 0 (see Notes 2+5) 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, Jason Adam, Scott Effross, Trent Giambrone, Michael Hermosillo, Nick Martini, Alfonso Rivas, Adrian Sampson, and Trayce Thompson 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 (Robinson Chirinos, Willson Contreras, Zach Davies, Matt Duffy, Kyle Hendricks, and Jason Heyward, 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 (Rex Brothers, Robinson Chirinos, Willson Contreras, Zach Davies, Matt Duffy, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Jose Lobaton, and Adam Morgan, 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, Ian Happ, and Jonathan Holder, 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, Nick Martini, Trevor Megill, Rafael Ortega, Michael Rucker, Adrian Sampson, Kohl Stewart, Trayce Thompson, 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 6 Selected Player or Draft Excluded Player and/or is not eligible to elect free-agency if outrighted (Jason Adam, Adbert Alzolay, Scott Effross, P. J. Higgins, 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 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 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 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 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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  • Hagsag 8 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Thank you Phil, I can see this is a work of love.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 11 min ago (view)

    Cubs Reportedly Sign Powerful Infielder Alejandro Rivero Out of Indy Ball: https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2021/10/21/cubs-reportedly-sign-powe...

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    * except for playing 1st base

     

  • crunch 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...

     

  • Cubster 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?

     

  • crunch 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.

     

  • Cubster 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...

    https://youtu.be/X9RV6bAIIfw

     

  • crunch 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.

     

  • crunch 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.

    mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 

     

  • crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 2 hours ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.

     

  • Hagsag 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 

     

  • azbobbop 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.