Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 11-20-2020

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

37 players are on Cubs MLB Reserve List (three slots are open) are on the

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 2020)
Minor League Options Left
(2021)
Roster Status Contract Status
(2021)
PITCHERS (21)
Abbott Cory 09-20-1995 R/R 6'2 220 0+000 3 (see Notes 2+7) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Adam Jason 08-04-1991 R/R 6'3 229 1+081 2 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Alzolay Adbert 03-01-1995 R/R 6'1 175 0+050 0 OR 1 - TBD (see Notes 4+6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Darvish Yu 08-16-1986 R/R 6'5 215 9+000 3 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED SIGNED
Hendricks Kyle 12-07-1989 R/R 6'3 190 6+081 3 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED SIGNED
Kimbrel Craig 05-28-1988 R/R 5'11 220 8+161 2 (see Notes 3+5+8) RESERVED SIGNED
Maples Dillon 05-09-1992 R/R 6'2 230 0+136 0 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Marquez Brailyn 01-30-1999 L/L 6'4 185 0+003 3 OR 4 - TBD (see Notes 2+4) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Miller Tyson 07-29-1995 R/R 6'4 215 0+006 2 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Mills Alec 11-30-1991 R/R 6'4 205 1+097 0 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Norwood James 12-24-1993 R/R 6'2 215 1+070 1 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Rea Colin 07-01-1990 R/R 6'5 235 3+085 1 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Rodriguez Manuel 08-06-1996 R/R 5'11 205 0+008 2 OR 3 - TBD (see Note 4) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Ryan Kyle 09-25-1991 L/L 6'5 215 3+139 1 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Steele Justin 07-11-1995 L/L 6'2 195 0+011 1 OR 2 - TBD (see Notes 4+6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Tepera Ryan 11-03-1987 R/R 6'1 195 5+008 1 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Thonpson Keegan 03-13-1995 R/R 6'2 210 0+000 3 OR 4 - TBA (see Notes 2+4+7) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Underwood Jr Duane 07-20-1994 R/R 6'2 210 1+041 0 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Wick Rowan 11-09-1992 L/R 6'3 234 1+114 1 (see Note 5) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Wieck Brad 10-14-1991 L/L 6'9 255 1+126 1 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Winkler Dan 02-02-1990 R/R 6'3 205 5+063 2 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
CATCHERS (3)
Amaya Miguel 03-09-1999 R/R 6'1 185 0+000 2 OR 3 - TBD (see Note 4+7) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Caratini Victor 08-17-1993 B/R 6'1 205 3+051 1 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Contreras Willson 05-13-1992 R/R 6'1 210 4+108 2 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
INFIELDERS (8)
Baez Javy 12-01-1992 R/R 6'0 190 5+089 2 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Bote David 04-07-1993 R/R 6'1 210 2+100 2 RESERVED SIGNED
Bryant Kris 01-04-1992 R/R 6'5 215 5+171 3 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Hoerner Nico 05-13-1997 R/R 6'1 200 1+021 3 OR 4 - TBD (see Note 4) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Morel Christopher 06-24-1999 R/R 6'0 140 0+000 3 OR 4 - TBD (see Notes 2+4+7) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Rizzo Anthony 08-08-1989 L/L 6'3 240 8+168 1 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED SIGNED or FREE-AGENT (CLUB OPTION)
Schrock Max 10-12-1994 L/R 5'9 185 0+075 2 RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
Vargas Ildemaro 07-16-1991 B/R 6'0 180 2+028 0 (see Note 6) RESERVED AUTO-RENEWAL
OUTFIELDERS (5)
Almora Albert 04-16-1994 R/R 6'2 200 4+012 1 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Happ Ian 08-17-1994 B/R 6'0 205 3+036 2 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Heyward Jason 08-09-1989 L/L 6'5 240 11+000 3 (see Notes 3+5+8) RESERVED SIGNED
Martinez Jose 07-25-1988 R/R 6'6 215 4+002 2 (see Note 5) RESERVED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE
Schwarber Kyle 03-05-1993 L/R 6'0 220 5+086 3 (see Notes 3+5) RESERVED 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 (Cory Abbott, Brailyn Marquez, Christopher Morel, and Keegan Thompson) 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 (Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Yu Darvish, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Dan Winkler, and Ryan Tepera) 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, Christopher Morel, and Keegan Thommpson 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 (Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Yu Darvish, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Dan Winkler, and Ryan Tepera) 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, Victor Caratini, Willson Contreras, Ian Happ, Jose Martinez, Colin Rea, and Kyle Ryan), or who has not yet accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time but who has been outrighted previously in his career (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 (Jason Adam, Adbert Alzolay, Dillon Maples, Alec Mills, Justin Steele, Duane Underwood Jr, and Ildemaro Vargas), 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 (Cory Abbott, Christopher Morel, and Keegan Thompson) 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 (Cory Abbott, Christopher Morel, and Keegan Thompson) 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: 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 (Andrew Chafin, Billy Hamilton, Cameron Maybin, and Josh Phegley)

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  • bradsbeard 2 days 23 hours ago (view)

    Great info. Thanks! 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 23 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract. 

    The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.  

    For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.

     

  • crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    theo walked away from a big payday for an executive in his last season as a cub without having another job scoped out...and according to him he's not even looking one.

    something tells me this isn't going to be a fun off-season for cubs fans.

    the state of the cubs household aside, i wouldn't exactly be shocked to see theo with the mets, though he's supposedly not on their radar at the moment.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have been at the forefront of tone-deaf owners in terms of financial hardship during the pandemic. "The game isn't as profitable as most people think"

     

  • tim815 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    The decision on the amount comes later.

     

  • bradsbeard 4 days 8 hours ago (view)

    At the point when the team makes the initial contract tender, do they have to offer a specific salary, and if so is that the same number the team takes into arbitration? Or does the specific number the teams files at for arbitration happen at a later date?

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: A player who is signed to a contract that does not include a minor league split salary is paid his full MLB salary while optioned or after being outrighted to a minor league club.

    So if a player goes to arbitration and is awarded (let's say) a $2.5M salary by the arb panel, the contract will not include a minor league split salary or performance bonuses, and if the player is sent to the minors he is paid the full $2.5M while in the minors.

     

  • Hagsag 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Maybe Trump can give them a loan.

     

  • crunch 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

    it's not exactly looking good when the cubs brass is complaining about "losing 100m in revenue" when a huge chunk of that seems to include Hotel Zachary.  it looks like the entire "entertainment complex" is the cubs as far as the Ricketts are concerned...and the team might have to suffer a bit because they couldn't fully realize profits last year.  they've publically stated that the big incoming tax credits from the city they're going to realize for stadium work won't help the cubs payroll.

     

  • jdrnym 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    If a player doesn't have a split salary in his contract, how much is he making when in the minors (or how is that salary determined)?

     

  • crunch 5 days 3 hours ago (view)

    we want kyle schwarber to not be mark trumbo so badly...

    either way, the NL having or not having the DH needs to be figured out pretty quickly for a lot of off-season sanity.

     

  • crunch 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    minor league hitting coordinator chris valaika moves up assistant hitting instructor for the big league team.

    looks like a.iapoce's job is safe.

     

  • Cubster 6 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Jed Hoyer gets a new 5 yr contract that runs through 2025 season. 

     

  • Cubster 6 days 11 hours ago (view)

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/19-mlb-pro...

    BA's list of 19 prospects who impressed at Instructs. One Cub:

    Chase Strumpf, 2B, Cubs

     

  • Jackstraw 1 week 6 hours ago (view)

    Waiting for Ryan Pace to be available.  He should be a week from tomorrow.

     

  • crunch 1 week 7 hours ago (view)

    i haven't even heard a rumor...which is interesting since "virtual" winter meetings start in a couple weeks.

    surprised dan kantrovitz hasn't been named "interim GM" or something...which makes me wonder how wide of a net they're casting to fill the position.  he was snagged from the A's and was an assistant GM there (and director of scouting for STL).