Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 4-23-2019

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
(2020)
PITCHERS (26+2)
Alzolay Adbert 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 0+000 2 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Barnette Tony 11-09-1983 R/R 6'1 190 3+000 3 (see Notes 3+5) 10-DAY INJURED LIST SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option) - TBD
Brach Brad 04-12-1986 R/R 6'6 215 7+039 0 (see Notes 5+8) ACTIVE SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (mutual option)
Cedeno Xavier 08-26-1986 L/L 5'11 210 5+005 0 (see Note 5) 10-DAY INJURED LIST FREE-AGENT
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 FREE-AGENT
Collins Tim 08-21-1989 L/L 5'7 168 6+018 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Darvish Yu 08-16-1986 R/R 6'5 215 7+000 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED (player opt-out)
de la Cruz Oscar 03-04-1995 R/R 6'5 200 0+000 3 (see Note 4) RESTRICTED LIST (OPTIONED) AUTO-RENEWAL
Edwards Jr Carl 09-03-1991 R/R 6'3 170 2+134 1 (see Note 5) OPTIONED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE or AUTO-RENEWAL (TBD)
Graveman Kendall 12-21-1990 R/R 6'2 200 3+078 1 (see Note 5) 60-DAY INJURED LIST SIGNED or NON-TENDER (club option()
Hamels Cole 12-27-1983 L/L 6'4 205 12+143 3 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Hendricks Kyle 12-07-1989 R/R 6'3 190 4+081 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED
Kintzler Brandon 08-01-1984 R/R 6'0 194 7+003 1 (see Notes 3+5+9) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Lester Jon 01-07-1984 L/L 6'4 240 12+075 1 (see Notes 3+5+8) 10-DAY INJURED LIST SIGNED
Maples Dillon 05-09-1992 R/R 6'2 230 0+072 2 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Mills Alec 11-30-1991 R/R 6'4 205 0+052 1 (see Note 4) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Montgomery Mike 07-01-1989 L/L 6'5 215 3+089 0 (see Note 5) 10-DAY INJURED LIST ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Morrow Brandon 07-26-1984 R/R 6'3 205 10+096 2 (see Notes 3+5) 10-DAY INJURED LIST SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option)
Norwood James 12-24-1993 R/R 6'2 215 0+044 2 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Quintana Jose 01-24-1989 R/L 6'1 220 6+133 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (club option)
Rosario Randy 05-18-1994 L/L 6'1 210 0+132 1 (see Note 4) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Ryan Kyle 09-25-1991 L/L 6'5 215 1+139 1 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE ("Super Two") or AUTO-RENEWAL (TBD)
Steele Justin 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 0+000 3 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Strop Pedro 06-13-1985 R/R 6'1 220 7+156 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Underwood Jr Duane 07-20-1994 R/R 6'2 210 0+001 1 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Webster Allen 02-10-1990 R/R 6'2 200 0+170 0 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Wick Rowan 11-09-1992 L/R 6'3 234 0+031 2 (see Note 5) OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
CATCHERS (3)
Caratini Victor 08-17-1993 B/R 6'1 205 1+051 1 10-DAY INJURED LIST AUTO-RENEWAL
Contreras Willson 05-13-1992 R/R 6'1 210 2+108 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Davis Taylor 11-28-1989 R/R 5'10 200 0+058 3 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
INFIELDERS (6+1)
Baez Javy 12-01-1992 R/R 6'0 190 3+089 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Bote David 04-07-1993 R/R 6'1 210 0+100 2 PATERNITY LEAVE SIGNED
Bryant Kris 01-04-1992 R/R 6'5 215 3+171 3 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
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 or FREE-AGENT (club option)
Russell Addison 01-23-1994 R/R 6'0 200 3+167 3 (see Note 5) RESTRICTED LIST ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Zobrist Ben 05-26-1981 B/R 6'3 210 11+134 1 (see Notes 3+5+8) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
OUTFIELDERS (5)
Almora Albert 04-16-1994 R/R 6'2 200 2+073 2 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Happ Ian 08-17-1994 B/R 6'0 205 1+142 3 OPTIONED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE ("Super Two") or AUTO-RENEWAL (TBD)
Heyward Jason 08-09-1989 L/L 6'5 240 9+000 3 (see Notes 3+5+8+9) ACTIVE SIGNED (player opt-out)
Schwarber Kyle 03-05-1993 L/R 6'0 220 3+086 3 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
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 - Any player on a minor league reserve list who is eligible for selection in the 2019 MLB Rule 5 Draft, has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time, and 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 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 (Steve Cishek, Tim Collins, Yu Darvish, Daniel Descalso, Cole Hamels, Jason Heyward, Brandon Kintzler, Jon Lester, Brandon Morrow, Anthony Rizzo, Jose Quintana, and Ben Zobrist, plus Kyle Hendricks beginning on June 26th) 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, Tim Collins, Yu Darvish, Daniel Descalso, Cole Hamels, Jason Heyward, Brandon Kintzler, Jon Lester, Brandon Morrow, Jose Quintana, Anthony Rizzo, Pedro Strop, and Ben Zobrist, plus Kyle Hendricks beginning on 6/26) 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, plus Carl Edwards Jr beginning on 5/4, Willson Contreras beginning on 5/31, and Albert Almora beginning on 7/4), 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 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 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 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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  • he played 2nd (not that well) when he first came up when maddon wasn't busy trying to make lineup space for jonathan herrera.

    it's one of those things where baez is more talented, but that talent allows him to play 2nd as well as SS while russell excells at SS compared to his play at 2nd.

    that said, if they decide baez is in a groove they might shift russell to 2nd anyway... *shrug*

    crunch 23 min 32 sec ago view
  • n.hoerner took one off the wrist and was removed from the smokies game.  boo.

    also, cory abbott had another good outing.

    crunch 39 min 20 sec ago view
  • I was thinking the same thing.  Has Addy taken any reps at 2nd? 

    Sonicwind75 40 min 54 sec ago view
  • No way in hell should they move Baez off of shortstop when Russell in back.

    Hagsag 54 min 45 sec ago view
  • rizzo did a good baseball thing.  hopefully more of that will follow.  HR #195 career.

    maeda kinda sucks tonight.  he picked a great night for it.

    crunch 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • Thanks PHIL!

    A killer ASS.

    Jake Stinnett on the Cubs radar anymore?

    The E-Man 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • crowd is heavily sparce for a LAD/CHC night game except for the bleachers...even if it is a cold april night.

    crunch 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • David Bote to the Paternity Leave List and LHP Randy Rosario is recalled from Iowa, so the Cubs will apparently go with a nine-man bullpen and a three-man bench while Bote is absent. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 25 min ago view
  • Crying poor is more acceptable than honesty, if honesty would note a "gentleman's agreement" between the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, and Red Sox to not go over the spending limits.

    In the highly unlikely case that's in play.

    tim815 8 hours 57 min ago view
  • I agree that for only 3 games, taking into consideration option years and 40-man roster makes complete sense.  Guess I'm still a little peeved about the Ricketts crying poor when they more than likely have a lamp not being used that costs more than $25k. 

    Sonicwind75 9 hours 51 min ago view
  • VA PHIL: It's not better to be a cheetah if you end up with a suspension that keeps you off the savannah for 80 games.  

    Arizona Phil 11 hours 36 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 12 hours 5 min ago view
  • As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!

    Charlie 12 hours 14 min ago view
  • "Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."

    It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.

    VirginiaPhil 12 hours 34 min ago view
  • Thanks, Phil.

    K Dub 16 hours 43 min ago view
  • Hey Phil, I saw where the Cubs recently traded for some additional international pool money. Have they made any recent signings of note?

    azbobbop 23 hours 15 min ago view