Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 1-24-2020

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

39 players are on Cubs MLB Reserve List (one slot is 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 (24)
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
Lakins Travis 06-29-1994 R/R 6'1 180 0+054 2 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
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
Megill Trevor 12-05-1993 L/R 6'8 235 0+000 3 (see Note 1) 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
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 08-06-1996 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 SIGNED
Sadler Casey 07-13-1990 R/R 6'3 205 1+035 0 (see Note 5) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Steele Justin 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 0+000 2 (see Note 7) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Tepera Ryan 11-03-1987 R/R 6'1 195 4+008 1 (see Note 5) RESERVED SIGNED
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 SIGNED
INFIELDERS (8)
Baez Javy 12-01-1992 R/R 6'0 190 4+089 2 (see Note 5) RESERVED SIGNED
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 SIGNED
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
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 SIGNED
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 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 - 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, 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 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, 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: Yu Darvish and Jon Lester - PARTIAL: 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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  • Charlie 25 min 15 sec ago (view)

    Sure would be nice to rehab a player and then have them stick around and help out the team. Fingers crossed for Souza.

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 16 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Unfortunately the video doesn't show how his knee looked the day after the workout, whether he can run and take BP two days in a row, if he needs to take pain meds before or after he does physical activity, and/or if he has to have his knee drained every couple of weeks. 

     

  • crunch 16 hours 38 min ago (view)

    MLB released their 2020 prospect list...  http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2020/?list=prospects

    #51 nico hoerner

    #68 brailyn marquez

    #78 brennen davis

    #95 miguel amaya

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    I thought he might be getting a minor league deal or like you suggest be rehabbing from the IL to start the year. But Rosenthal tweeted yesterday that it's expected to be a major league deal and Souza's twitter account shows videos of him running bases, taking BP, etc. Supposedly has been running at 100% since November. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    left handed tyler chatwood can go ahead and get picked in the rule5 if he puts up numbers like he has recently...

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    I would think it would be a low base salary (maybe $1M) with performance bonuses based upon days spent on the MLB active list. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    If the Cubs sign Steven Souza Jr to an MLB contract and he doesn't spend most or all of the 2020 season on the 60-day IL, he has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued five-plus years of MLB Service Time) so even though he has two minor league options left he cannot be optioned (or outrighted) to the minors without his consent.

    Also, Souza will be an Article XX-B MLB FA post-2020 if he accrues at least 100 days of MLB Service Time in 2020 (and players do accrue MLB ST while on the IL), presuming there are no player, mutual, and/or club options in the contract. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    This might be another rehab signing, like Smyly in 2018 and Graveman last year. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: That was why the D'backs non-tendered Souza even though they need outfielders. It was a really catastrophic knee injury. He's lucky if he can walk without a limp, much less run.   

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    As I mentioned here last year when he was claimed off waivers, Pelham does not have the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted and he will not be a minor league 6YFA until post-2021 (so he will be under club control through the 2021 season, and eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft if he is not added back to the 40 in the meantime). 

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Pelham has cleared waivers and was assigned to Iowa.

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    yeah, but he severely wrecked his left knee, like 3-4 different structures in his left knee.  he had to have a total reconstruction.

    he must have had something resembling a decent workout if he got a MLB deal, though...or the front office feels pressured to do something.  it's no secret the cubs checked in on his availabilty years ago so they do have a historical interest in him.

    found an article... https://www.mlb.com/news/steven-souza-jr-has-knee-...

     

  • Eric S 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Have to believe it's a bench move. Souza has an interesting background - pretty quick synopsis of him as a player and teammate in Bleacher Nation:

    https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/01/24/cubs-reportedly-close-to-signing-outfielder-steven-souza-jr/

     

  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    cd pellham outrighted to AAA and off the 40-man roster.

     

  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    replies are hillarious...

    also, i hope this is an expected bench player move...especially since he destroyed his left knee in 2019 missing the entire year...and wasn't healthy in 2018.

     

  • Eric S 2 days 40 min ago (view)

    Cubs on the brink of actually signing a free agent to a major league contract

    https://twitter.com/ken_rosenthal/status/1220789290575245313?s=21