Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 2-14-2019

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 and two players are 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 2018)
Minor League Options Left
(2019)
Current Roster Status Contract Status
(2019)
PITCHERS (26+2)
Alzolay Adbert 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 0+000 2 (see Note 7) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Barnette Tony 11-09-1983 R/R 6'1 190 3+000 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Brach Brad 04-12-1986 R/R 6'6 215 7+039 0 (see Notes 5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED
Cedeno Xavier 08-26-1986 L/L 5'11 210 5+005 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Chatwood Tyler 12-15-1989 R/R 5'11 200 7+039 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Cishek Steve 06-18-1986 R/R 6'6 215 7+143 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Darvish Yu 08-16-1986 R/R 6'5 215 7+000 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
de la Cruz Oscar 03-04-1995 R/R 6'5 200 0+000 3 (see Notes 4+7) RESTRICTED LIST AUTO-RENEWAL
Duensing Brian 02-22-1983 L/L 6'0 200 9+055 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Edwards Jr Carl 09-03-1991 R/R 6'3 170 2+134 1 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED (AVOIDED ARBITRATION - Super Two)
Graveman Kendall 12-21-1990 R/R 6'2 200 3+078 1 (see Note 5) 60-DAY INJURED LIST SIGNED
Hamels Cole 12-27-1983 L/L 6'4 205 12+143 3 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED
Hendricks Kyle 12-07-1989 R/R 6'3 190 4+081 3 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED (AVOIDED ARBITRATION)
Kintzler Brandon 08-01-1984 R/R 6'0 194 7+003 1 (see Notes 3+5+9) ACTIVE SIGNED
Lester Jon 01-07-1984 L/L 6'4 240 12+075 1 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED
Maples Dillon 05-09-1992 R/R 6'2 230 0+072 2 (see Note 6) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Mills Alec 11-30-1991 R/R 6'4 205 0+052 1 (see Notes 4+6) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Montgomery Mike 07-01-1989 L/L 6'5 215 3+089 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED (AVOIDED ARBITRATION)
Morrow Brandon 07-26-1984 R/R 6'3 205 10+096 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Norwood James 12-24-1993 R/R 6'2 215 0+044 2 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Quintana Jose 01-24-1989 R/L 6'1 220 6+133 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Rosario Randy 05-18-1994 L/L 6'1 210 0+132 1 (see Notes 4+6) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Ryan Kyle 09-25-1991 L/L 6'5 215 1+139 1 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Steele Justin 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 0+000 3 (see Notes 2+7) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Strop Pedro 06-13-1985 R/R 6'1 220 7+156 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Tseng Jen-Ho 10-03-1994 L/R 6'1 210 0+020 2 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Underwood Jr Duane 07-20-1994 R/R 6'2 210 0+001 1 (see Note 6) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Wick Rowan 11-09-1992 L/R 6'3 234 0+031 2 (see Notes 2+5) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
CATCHERS (3)
Caratini Victor 08-17-1993 B/R 6'1 205 1+051 1 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Contreras Willson 05-13-1992 R/R 6'1 210 2+108 2 (see Note 6) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Davis Taylor 11-28-1989 R/R 5'10 200 0+058 3 (see Note 2) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
INFIELDERS (6+1)
Baez Javy 12-01-1992 R/R 6'0 190 3+089 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED (AVOIDED ARBITRATION)
Bote David 04-07-1993 R/R 6'1 210 0+100 2 (see Note 6) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Bryant Kris 01-04-1992 R/R 6'5 215 3+171 3 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED (AVOIDED ARBITRATION)
Descalso Daniel 10-19-1986 L/R 5'10 190 8+016 3 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED
Rizzo Anthony 08-08-1989 L/L 6'3 240 6+168 1 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Russell Addison 01-23-1994 R/R 6'0 200 3+167 3 (see Note 5) RESTRICTED LIST SIGNED (AVOIDED ARBITRATION)
Zobrist Ben 05-26-1981 B/R 6'3 210 11+134 1 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED
OUTFIELDERS (5)
Almora Albert 04-16-1994 R/R 6'2 200 2+073 2 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Happ Ian 08-17-1994 B/R 6'0 205 1+142 3 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Heyward Jason 08-09-1989 L/L 6'5 240 9+000 3 (see Notes 3+5+8+9) ACTIVE SIGNED
Schwarber Kyle 03-05-1993 L/R 6'0 220 3+086 3 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED (AVOIDED ARBITRATION)
Zagunis Mark 02-05-1993 R/R 6'0 215 0+044 1 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL

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, were eligible for selection in the 2018 MLB Rule 5 Draft, have 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, Taylor Davis, Justin Steele, and Rowan Wick will have MLB Rule 6 Draft- Excluded Player status until 20 days prior to 2019 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 (Steve Cishek, Yu Darvish, Daniel Descalso, Brian Duensing, Cole Hamels, Jason Heyward, Brandon Kintzler, Jon Lester, Brandon Morrow, 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 - Alec Mills and Randy Rosario will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2019 and Oscar de la Cruz will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2021.

NOTE 5 - Any player who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Brad Brach, Xavier Cedeno, Tyler Chatwood, Steve Cishek, Yu Darvish, Daniel Descalso, Brian Duensing, Cole Hamels, Jason Heyward, Brandon Kintzler, Jon Lester, Brandon Morrow, 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 (Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Kendall Graveman, Kyle Hendricks, Mike Montgomery, Addison Russell, and Kyle Schwarber), or who has been outrighted previously in his career (Kyle Ryan and Rowan Wick), or who qualified as a "Super Two" player after the 2019 season (Carl Edwards Jr) 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 who is not a Rule 6 Selected Player or Draft Excluded Player and/or is not eligible to elect free-agency if outrighted (David Bote, Willson Contreras, Dillon Maples, Alec Mills, Randy Rosario, 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 (Adbert Alzolay and Oscar de la Cruz) 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 (Justin Steele) 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 2018 World Series (Brad Brach and Daniel Descalso) 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 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.

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  • hopefully the fans stay respectful and don't lower themselves to the type of scum that were heckling hunter pence...

    http://mlb.mlb.com/assets/images/2/9/6/88256296/cu...

    crunch 3 hours 34 min ago view
  • Careful what you tweet regarding KB - he’s reading and he’s pissed!  I kinda like seeing KB hot under the collar - very out of character for him. 

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26064097/kris-bryant-chicago-cubs-motivated-criticism-entering-2019-season

    Eric S 4 hours 4 min ago view
  • For those of you who did not see the game....

    Kris Bryant's first inning HR off Chase Anderson was a towering fly ball that was a bit wind-aided, but not unlike what you might see at Wrigley Field. The line single had a lot of top-spin and fell in front of the left-fielder. 

    Here are some of the velo readings for the Cubs pitchers: 

    Mike Zagurski:
    FB: 89-91 
    SL: 81 
    NOTE: Nibbled too much, but he did strike out Eric Thames with FB/SL combo. 

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 28 min ago view
  • looked like a good one from the box score.  i've been out all day, back home now, and ready to take in my first televised game of the spring (HOU/WAS).

    is o.de la cruz still considered a starter or is he transitioning to the pen?  looks like he put in a solid inning pulling up the end of the game.

    crunch 5 hours 21 min ago view
  • First 2019 Cubs MLB Cactus League game today. This is my 42nd year of Cubs Spring Training (first one was in Scottsdale in 1978).  

    Arizona Phil 11 hours 7 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: No word yet, but don't be surprised if guys like Rademacher, Martin, and Torrez end up in Mexico or in independent baseball.

    A number of former Cubs minor leaguers and big leaguers (INF Arismendy Alcantara, C Sergio Burruel, INF Dustin Geiger, INF-OF Junior Lake, RHP Yoanner Negrin, OF Felix Pie, RHP Armando Rivero, INF Issmael Salas, OF Dave Sappelt, and RHP Carlos Zambrano) played in the Mexican League last year, and INF-OF Logan Watkins just signed with Tijuana after playing indy ball in 2018.  

    Arizona Phil 11 hours 15 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Mike Olt signed a 2019 minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins last month. 

    Arizona Phil 12 hours 11 min ago view
  • Don’t see BJ signed to any club yet. Mike Olt, however, played AAA for the Red Sawx last year. Anyone hear if he is resigned?

    The E-Man 13 hours 59 min ago view
  • Has anyone heard if any of these past Cubs minor leaguers have found a team..Mazonni, Rademacher, D. Torrez, Coghlan or Trey Martin? 

    Hagsag 15 hours 15 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: The pecking order for minor league field assignments is: 

    Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago view
  • It hasn't been announced yet, but I would expect either D'Angelo Jimenez (DSL Cubs #1 Hitting Coach) or Enrique Wilson (DSL Cubs #2 Hitting Coach) to replace Michael Carter as AZL Cubs #1 Hitting Coach, with Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach with DSL Cubs #2) replacing either Jimenez or Wilson.

    Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago view
  • Glad to see Mark Johnson get a promotion if that is what it is.

    Hagsag 1 day 7 hours ago view
  • https://twitter.com/MDGonzales/status/109751175840...

    it's now 79-83 since the brews signed moosetacos, btw...

    crunch 1 day 11 hours ago view
  • 2/25 split squad cubs/dodgers game has been picked up to be televised (dodgers feed) ..cubs also playing SD the same day (radio only)

    3:05pm EST

    crunch 1 day 14 hours ago view
  • The Rifleman!

    Mike Wellman 2 days 8 hours ago view
  • neither cubs sat/sun/mon/tues/wed/thurs games are televised.

    lame...very very lame.

    first televised game is friday march 1st unless something changes (@Dbacks on the ARZ feed).

    crunch 2 days 11 hours ago view