Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 8-6-2020

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

40 players are on Cubs MLB Reserve List (roster is full), plus one player is on the 60-Day Injured List (45-day Injured List in 2020).

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
(2021)
PITCHERS (24)
Alzolay Adbert 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 0+019 1 (see Note 4) OPTIONED (PRACTICE SQUAD) AUTO-RENEWAL
Brothers Rex 12-18-1987 L/L 6'0 205 4+091 1 (see Note 5) OPTIONED (PRACTICE SQUAD) ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Chatwood Tyler 12-15-1989 R/R 5'11 200 8+039 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Cotton Jharel 01-19-1992 R/R 5'11 200 3+026 2 (see Note 5) OPTIONED (PRACTICE SQUAD) ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Darvish Yu 08-16-1986 R/R 6'5 215 8+000 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Hendricks Kyle 12-07-1989 R/R 6'3 190 5+081 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Jeffress Jeremy 09-21-1987 R/R 6'0 205 6+090 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Kimbrel Craig 05-28-1988 R/R 5'11 220 7+161 2 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED
Lester Jon 01-07-1984 L/L 6'4 240 13+075 1 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (VESTING or else CLUB OPTION)
Maples Dillon 05-09-1992 R/R 6'2 230 0+114 1 OPTIONED (PRACTICE SQUAD) AUTO-RENEWAL
Miller Tyson 07-29-1995 R/R 6'4 215 0+000 3 OPTIONED (PRACTICE SQUAD) AUTO-RENEWAL
Mills Alec 11-30-1991 R/R 6'4 205 0+097 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Norwood James 12-24-1993 R/R 6'2 215 0+070 1 10-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Quintana Jose 01-24-1989 R/L 6'1 220 7+133 2 (see Notes 3+5) 10-DAY IL FREE-AGENT
Rea Colin 07-01-1990 R/R 6'5 235 2+140 2 ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Rodriguez Manuel 08-06-1996 R/R 5'11 205 0+000 3 (see Note 4) OPTIONED (INACTIVE) AUTO-RENEWAL
Ryan Kyle 09-25-1991 L/L 6'5 215 2+139 1 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Sadler Casey 07-13-1990 R/R 6'3 205 1+035 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Steele Justin 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 0+000 2 (see Note 4) OPTIONED (PRACTICE SQUAD) AUTO-RENEWAL
Tepera Ryan 11-03-1987 R/R 6'1 195 4+008 1 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Underwood Jr Duane 07-20-1994 R/R 6'2 210 0+041 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Wick Rowan 11-09-1992 L/R 6'3 234 0+114 1 (see Note 5) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Wieck Brad 10-14-1991 L/L 6'9 255 0+126 1 10-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Winkler Dan 02-02-1990 R/R 6'3 205 4+063 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
CATCHERS (4)
Amaya Miguel 03-09-1999 R/R 6'1 185 0+000 3 (see Note 4) OPTIONED (PRACTICE SQUAD) AUTO-RENEWAL
Caratini Victor 08-17-1993 B/R 6'1 205 2+051 1 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Contreras Willson 05-13-1992 R/R 6'1 210 3+108 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Phegley Josh 02-12-1988 R/R 5'10 225 5+081 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
INFIELDERS (7+1)
Baez Javy 12-01-1992 R/R 6'0 190 4+089 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Bote David 04-07-1993 R/R 6'1 210 1+100 2 ACTIVE SIGNED
Bryant Kris 01-04-1992 R/R 6'5 215 4+171 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Descalso Daniel 10-19-1986 L/R 5'10 190 9+016 3 (see Notes 3+5) 60-DAY IL SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (CLUB OPTION)
Hoerner Nico 05-13-1997 R/R 6'1 200 0+021 4 (see Note 4) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Kipnis Jason 04-03-1987 L/R 5'11 200 8+069 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Rizzo Anthony 08-08-1989 L/L 6'3 240 7+168 1 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (CLUB OPTION)
Short Zack 05-29-1995 R/R 5'10 180 0+000 3 OPTIONED (INACTIVE) AUTO-RENEWAL
OUTFIELDERS (5)
Almora Albert 04-16-1994 R/R 6'2 200 3+073 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Happ Ian 08-17-1994 B/R 6'0 205 2+036 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Heyward Jason 08-09-1989 L/L 6'5 240 10+000 3 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED
Schwarber Kyle 03-05-1993 L/R 6'0 220 4+086 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Souza Jr Steven 04-24-1989 R/R 6'4 225 5+072 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT

NOTE 1 - The Cubs have no players with Selected Player status on their MLB Reserve List at this time.

NOTE 2 - Any player on a minor league reserve list who is eligible for selection in the 2020 MLB Rule 5 Draft, who has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time through the 2020 season, and who has his contract selected and is added to an MLB Reserve List after August 31st, will have MLB Rule 6 Draft- Excluded Player status until 20 days prior to 2021 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, Jason Kipnis, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Anthony Rizzo, and Steven Souza Jr, plus Kris Bryant beginning on 7/23 Javier Baez beginning on 8/21, Kyle Schwarber beginning on 8/22, Dan Winkler beginning on 8/31, and Ryan Tepera beginning on 9/24) 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: If the 2020 minor league season is not considered to be a "qualified season" because it was canceled before it started, Adbert Alzolay will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2021 if his 3rd option is spent in 2020, Justin Steele will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2022 if his 3rd option is spent in 2021, Miguel Amaya and Manuel Rodriguez will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2023 if the 3rd option is spent in 2022, and Nico Hoerner will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2024 if his 3rd option is spent in 2023.

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, Jeremy Jeffress, Craig Kimbrel, Jason Kipnis, Jon Lester, Josh Phegley, Jose Quintana, Anthony Rizzo, and Steven Souza Jr, plus Kris Bryant beginning on 7/23, Javier Baez beginning on 8/21, Kyle Schwarber beginning on 8/22, Dan Winkler beginning on 8/31, and Ryan Tepera beginning on 9/19) 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, Rex Brothers, Willson Contreras, Jharel Cotton, Kyle Schwarber, Ryan Tepera, and Dan Winkler, plus Victor Caratini beginning on 9/4 and Ian Happ beginning on 9/9), 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, Casey Sadler, 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 2020 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 cannot be sent outright to the minors until Outright Assignment Waivers are secured and the player has either signed a 2020 Major League contract, had his 2019 contract unilaterally renewed by the club, or agrees (in advance) to sign a 2020 minor league contract (if the Outright Assignment is contemplated prior to a 2020 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 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 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 2020 World Series will have an automatic "no trade" restriction through June 15, 2021. 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-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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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 10 min ago (view)

    It feels like you have no time to let players you know are good figure out how to get out of slumps. It's not ideal, and feels very much like it's not baseball.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 52 min ago (view)

    at least this HOU/OAK game has been great since the DET/PIT game has ended.  sigh.

     

  • crunch 17 hours 30 min ago (view)

    at least this DET/PIT game has been great.  no cubs til tuesday at the earliest...boo.

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 5 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: A player being on the Restricted List for a full season makes that season not a qualified season toward minor league free-agency, so will Mark Zagunis (who otherwise would be eligible to be a minor league 6YFA for the first time post-2020) being on the Restricted List as the result of opting-out of the 2020 season (he was assigned to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool in July) keep him from being a minor league 6YFA post-2020? If not, then Zagunis needs to opt back in even if he is no longer assigned to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool. 

     

  • jdrnym 19 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Baseball America confirms that 2020 will be considered a "qualified season" for the purposes of determining minor league free agency.

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2020-milb-free-agents-eligible-for-free-agency-this-fall/

     

  • crunch 19 hours 25 min ago (view)

    "Cardinals' president of baseball operations John Mozeliak announced Friday that Ryan Helsley and Austin Dean are the two players that tested positive for COVID-19."

     

  • Cubster 20 hours 25 min ago (view)

    I presume they come back to Chicago for the weekend and travel to Cleveland on Tuesday.

    Saved from an August weekend in Stl. Plus, it might eliminate any road games vs Stl. They might do makeups during the 3 game series at Wrigley Mon 8-17 to Wed 8-19 (Thursday 8-20 is a scheduled off day for the Cubs but StL plays the Reds in StL at night) or the 4 game series against the Cardinals at Wrigley Friday 9-4 through Mon 9-7.

     

  • crunch 21 hours 2 min ago (view)

    i can't even imagine what it's like playing fantasy baseball this season.

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 17 min ago (view)

    So the Cubs are off until Tuesday. 

     

  • Hagsag 22 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Make the Deadbirds forfeit all three games.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    le sigh...

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Based upon the way MLB handled the Marlins positive tests and the Phillies only potential exposure, I wouldn't be surprised if all three of the Cubs-Cards games this weekend will ultimately be canceled. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Tonight's Cubs-Cardinals game postponed due to an additional Cards positive CoViD-19 test.

    The additional STL player who tested positive had apparently been out in public with the others who tested positive earlier this week when they were infected, so while the new positive test is not a surprise, the lag/delay in the player testing positive is probably a bit concerning/disappointing. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    ...only because ESPN no longer shows australian rules football.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    This is baseball.

    This is the sport we like.

     

  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    top 9th, 1 out, men on 1st/2nd...alec mills steps to the plate.

    they're down by 13 runs.  i want to end this, too.