Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 3-26-2020

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

40 players are on Cubs MLB Reserve List (roster is full).

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 (24)
Alzolay Adbert 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 0+019 1 OPTIONED SIGNED
Chatwood Tyler 12-15-1989 R/R 5'11 200 8+039 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Cotton Jharel 01-19-1992 R/R 5'11 200 3+026 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
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 SIGNED
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
Maples Dillon 05-09-1992 R/R 6'2 230 0+114 1 OPTIONED SIGNED
Megill Trevor 12-05-1993 L/R 6'8 235 0+000 3 (see Note 1) ACTIVE SIGNED
Miller Tyson 07-29-1995 R/R 6'4 215 0+000 3 OPTIONED SIGNED
Mills Alec 11-30-1991 R/R 6'4 205 0+097 0 ACTIVE SIGNED
Norwood James 12-24-1993 R/R 6'2 215 0+070 1 OPTIONED SIGNED
Quintana Jose 01-24-1989 R/L 6'1 220 7+133 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Rea Colin 07-01-1990 R/R 6'5 235 2+140 2 OPTIONED SIGNED
Rodriguez Manuel 08-06-1996 R/R 5'11 205 0+000 3 OPTIONED SIGNED
Ryan Kyle 09-25-1991 L/L 6'5 215 2+139 1 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Sadler Casey 07-13-1990 R/R 6'3 205 1+035 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Steele Justin 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 0+000 2 OPTIONED SIGNED
Tepera Ryan 11-03-1987 R/R 6'1 195 4+008 1 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Underwood Jr Duane 07-20-1994 R/R 6'2 210 0+041 0 ACTIVE SIGNED
Wick Rowan 11-09-1992 L/R 6'3 234 0+114 1 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Wieck Brad 10-14-1991 L/L 6'9 255 0+126 1 ACTIVE SIGNED
Winkler Dan 02-02-1990 R/R 6'3 205 4+063 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
CATCHERS (3)
Amaya Miguel 03-09-1999 R/R 6'1 185 0+000 3 OPTIONED SIGNED
Caratini Victor 08-17-1993 B/R 6'1 205 2+051 1 ACTIVE SIGNED
Contreras Willson 05-13-1992 R/R 6'1 210 3+108 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
INFIELDERS (8)
Baez Javy 12-01-1992 R/R 6'0 190 4+089 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
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 Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Descalso Daniel 10-19-1986 L/R 5'10 190 9+016 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Garcia Robel 03-28-1993 B/R 6'0 168 0+068 2 OPTIONED SIGNED
Hoerner Nico 05-13-1997 R/R 6'1 200 0+021 4 (see Note 4) ACTIVE SIGNED
Rizzo Anthony 08-08-1989 L/L 6'3 240 7+168 1 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Short Zack 05-29-1995 R/R 5'10 180 0+000 3 OPTIONED SIGNED
OUTFIELDERS (5)
Almora Albert 04-16-1994 R/R 6'2 200 3+073 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Happ Ian 08-17-1994 B/R 6'0 205 2+036 2 ACTIVE SIGNED
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 Note 5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Souza Jr Steven 04-24-1989 R/R 6'4 225 5+072 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED

NOTE 1 - Because he was selected by the Cubs in the Major League Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft, Trevor Megill has MLB Rule 6 Selected Player status.

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 15th, 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, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Anthony Rizzo, and Steven Souza Jr) 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, Jeremy Jeffress, Craig Kimbrel, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Anthony Rizzo, and Steven Souza Jr) 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, Ryan Tepera, 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, 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 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-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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  • JustSayin' 2 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.

    That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.

     

  • Hagsag 6 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.

     

  • Arizona Phil 19 hours 34 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 

     

  • JustSayin' 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.

     

  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.

     

  • crunch 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.

     

  • crunch 5 days 4 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...

     

  • JustSayin' 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca

     

  • crunch 6 days 4 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 6 days 12 hours ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 

     

  • Hagsag 6 days 14 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 days 18 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   

     

  • jdrnym 1 week 6 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.

     

  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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  • bradsbeard 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options.