Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 9-27-2020

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

40 players are on Cubs MLB Reserve List (roster is full), plus four players are on the 60-Day Injured List (45-day Injured List in 2020) and one player has been Designated for Assignment

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 (23+3)
Adam Jason 08-04-1991 R/R 6'3 229 0+156 2 ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Alzolay Adbert 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 0+019 1 (see Note 4) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Brothers Rex 12-18-1987 L/L 6'0 205 4+091 1 (see Note 5) OPTIONED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Chafin Andrew 06-17-1990 R/L 6'2 235 5+020 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Chatwood Tyler 12-15-1989 R/R 5'11 200 8+039 0 (see Note 5) 10-DAY IL FREE-AGENT
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 (CLUB OPTION)
Maples Dillon 05-09-1992 R/R 6'2 230 0+114 1 OPTIONED AUTO-RENEWAL
Marquez Brailyn 01-30-1999 L/L 6'4 185 0+000 3 (see Notes 2+4) ACTIVE AUTO-RENEWAL
Miller Tyson 07-29-1995 R/R 6'4 215 0+000 3 OPTIONED 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 45-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Osich Josh 09-03-1988 L/L 6'2 235 3+119 1 (see Note 5) OPTIONED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Quintana Jose 01-24-1989 R/L 6'1 220 7+133 2 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Rea Colin 07-01-1990 R/R 6'5 235 2+140 2 (see Note 5) OPTIONED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Rodriguez Manuel 08-06-1996 R/R 5'11 205 0+000 3 (see Note 4) 45-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Ryan Kyle 09-25-1991 L/L 6'5 215 2+139 1 (see Note 5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Steele Justin 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 0+000 2 (see Note 4) OPTIONED 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) 10-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Wieck Brad 10-14-1991 L/L 6'9 255 0+126 1 45-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 (3)
Amaya Miguel 03-09-1999 R/R 6'1 185 0+000 3 (see Note 4) OPTIONED 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
INFIELDERS (7+2)
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) 45-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)
Vargas Ildemaro 07-16-1991 B/R 6'0 180 1+028 0 10-DAY IL AUTO-RENEWAL
Wisdom Patrick 08-27-1991 R/R 6'2 220 0+071 2 (see Notes 2+5) DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT AUTO-RENEWAL
OUTFIELDERS (7)
Almora Albert 04-16-1994 R/R 6'2 200 3+073 2 (see Note 5) OPTIONED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Hamilton Billy 09-09-1990 B/R 6'0 155 6+028 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
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
Martinez Jose 07-25-1988 R/R 6'6 215 3+027 2 (see Note 5) OPTIONED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Maybin Cameron 04-04-1987 R/R 6'3 215 10+059 0 (see Note 5) ACTIVE FREE-AGENT
Schwarber Kyle 03-05-1993 L/R 6'0 220 4+086 3 (see Notes 3+5) ACTIVE ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE

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 (Brailyn Marquez and Patrick Wisdom) 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 (Andrew Chafin, Yu Darvish, Daniel Descalso, Billy Hamilton, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Jason Kipnis, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and Anthony Rizzo, 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 9/22) 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 -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 and Brailyn Marquez will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2024 if the 3rd option is spent in 2023 (TBD).

NOTE 5 - Any player who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Andrew Chafin, Tyler Chatwood, Yu Darvish, Daniel Descalso, Billy Hamilton, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Jeremy Jeffress, Craig Kimbrel, Jason Kipnis, Jon Lester, Cameron Maybin, Jose Quintana, and Anthony Rizzo, 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 9/22) 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, Rex Brothers, Willson Contreras, Jose Martinez, and Josh Osich, plus Colin Rea beginning on 8/10, Victor Caratini beginning on 9/4 and Ian Happ beginning on 9/10), 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, Rowan Wick, and Patrick Wisdom), 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 10/5: Jon Lester and Jason Heyward - PARTIAL: Yu Darvish 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 2 hours 23 min ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 24 min ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 45 min ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  

     

  • bradsbeard 9 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 

     

  • Craig A. 10 hours 53 min ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 14 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 

     

  • crunch 15 hours 38 min ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).

     

  • crunch 16 hours 15 min ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 20 min ago (view)

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  • crunch 16 hours 24 min ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.

     

  • Charlie 16 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).

     

  • crunch 16 hours 34 min ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 35 min ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 38 min ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.

     

  • Charlie 16 hours 41 min ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...