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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus two players are on the 60-DAY IL

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus six players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, seven players are on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 5-18-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 6
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Luis Vazquez, INF

10-DAY IL: 1
Dansby Swanson, INF

15-DAY IL: 7
Yency Almonte, P 
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P 
Daniel Palencia, P
* Drew Smyly, P
Keegan Thompson, P 
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P

 





Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Cubs Release Eleven Minor League Pitchers

The Cubs released eleven minor league pitchers yesterday: 

Anderson Acevedo - age 25 (Dominican Republic)
Yan de la Cruz - age 25 (Dominican Republic) 
Wander Feliz (ex-OF) - age 21 (Dominican Republic)
Hector Alonso Garcia - age 20 (Mexico) 
Jose Alejandro Gonzalez (ex-OF) - age 23 (Venezuela)
Ronaldo Lopez (ex-INF) - age 20 (Venezuela) 
Junior Marte - age 23 (Dominican Republic)
Enzo Perez - age 18 (Venezuela)
Andry Rondon - age 23 (Dominican Republic) 
Freddy Tineo - age 21 (Venezuela)
Sucre Valdez - age 25 (Dominican Republic)

The eleven are mainly older pitchers who have not progressed to the Cubs' satisfaction. In fact none of the eleven ever made it out of short-season ball (only five of the eleven made it as far as Eugene, and another five never even made it out of the DSL).  

All eleven are RHP and were originally IFA signed out of Latin America. Three (W. Feliz, J. Gonzalez, and R. Lopez) were position-player conversions, three others (A. Acevedo, Y. de la Cruz, and E. Perez) were second-contract guys (previously released by another organization), and ten of the eleven would have been Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2019.  

Only two of the eleven (W. Feliz and H. Garcia) were signed by the Cubs as 16-year old IFA in their first-eligible ISP, and Feliz was originally signed as an outfielder. Garcia was one of the 25 players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico 2014-18. (E. Perez was originally signed as a 16-year old IFA by SD, but was released by the Padres two years later). 

Junior Marte is the most-notable pitcher released, because a couple of years ago he was so impressive in Extended Spring Training that he was signed by the Boras Corporation (same day Boras Corp signed Jose Albertos).  

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With the release of eleven minor league pitchers yesterday, the Cubs now have 344 players under contract for 2019 (including six players on the Restricted List). 39 of the 338 players not on the Restricted List are on the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), and the other 299 are either on a minor league reserve list (289) or are Signed for Future Service (10). 

So there is one slot presently open on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster, and there are 31 slots open (collectively) on the nine minor league reserve lists, although ten of the slots will eventually be filled by 2018-19 IFA who were Signed for Future Service last year. 

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In reply to by crunch

I think it's pretty clear that the delay in the Brach signing has passed the point of the physical being delayed because of bad weather or the possibility that he might have had the flu or something like that. 

So either something was found during the physical that caused a renegotiation (like maybe the Cubs are now offering a smaller base salary but with more performance bonuses), or the Cubs could be waiting until this coming week to submit the Brach contract to the MLB office (as long as the player is not placed on an MLB or minor league active roster or reserve list, clubs have up to 20 days to submit a signed contract to MLB) so that Kendall Graveman can be placed on the 60-day injury list before Brach is added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster, thus keeping a slot open on the 40 for a potential waiver claim (like maybe INF Jack Reinheimer, who was Designated for Assignment by the Orioles last week, but had been claimed off waivers by the Cubs last November before the Cubs lost him off waivers to the Texas Rangers three weeks after claiming him while trying to outright him to the minors prior to the filing of minor league reserve lists on 11/20).

The thing is, if a player is claimed off waivers by a club when the club's MLB 40-man roster is full, the player who is claimed must be added to the 40 immediately and that player cannot be Designated for Assignment to keep the roster at 40. So if Brach already was on the 40 and thus the Cubs MLB 40-man roster was full and then the Cubs were awarded a waiver claim before they could place Graveman on the 60-day injury list, another player (- NOT - the player they just got off waivers) would have to be dropped from the 40.  

Roto world has a post saying the Brach deal is done.

saw a Jesse Rogers tweet saying the above too.

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In reply to by crunch

Jack Reinheimer did not clear waivers today (wasn't claimed/wasn't outrighted), which means the Cubs could safely file the Brad Brach contract with MLB and add him to the 40, and still be able to potentially acquire Reinheimer off waivers and then place Kendall Graveman on the 60-day injury list sometime in the next couple of days to make room for Reinheimer on the 40 (if they are awarded the claim). 

Remember that a player on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) cannot be placed on the MLB 60-day injury list (formerly 60-day DL) until the first official day of Spring Training (which is the day pitchers & catchers report).

Also, a club can place a player on the MLB 60-day injury list (or transfer a player from the MLB 10-day injury list to the 60-day injury list) once the MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) is full even if the player being placed on the 60-day injury list is not replaced on the 40 by another player - EXCEPT - in September, when a player who is placed on the 60-day injury list (or transferred to the 60-day injury list) must be replaced on the MLB 40-man roster by another player. 

In addition, a player who is placed on the MLB 60-day injury list during Spring Training cannot be reinstated until he has spent at least the first 60 days of the MLB regular season on the 60-day injury list (which means he cannot be reinstated until the 61st day of the MLB regular season, which is May 27th in 2019) even if he is placed on the 60-day injury list in February. This is why the Cubs have to be careful what they do with Brandon Morrow (November2018 elbow surgery), who might (or might not) miss the first 60 days of the 2019 MLB regular season.

I would expect the Cubs to initially place Morrow on the MLB 10-day injury list on or just prior to MLB Opening Day (an MLB 10-day injury list assignment can be backdated a maximum of three days prior to Opening Day and an MLB 7-day acute concussion injury list assignement can be backdated a maximum of four days prior to Opening Day) and then transfer him to the 60-day injury list at a later point in time (perhaps when Addison Russell and Oscar de la Cruz are reinstated from the Restricted List the first week of May), but - ONLY -  if it becomes clearly obvious that he will in fact miss the first 60 days of the 2019 MLB regular season. Because Morrow has a 2020 vesting option dependent on games and GF, the Cubs can't just place him on the 60-day injury list (or transfer him from the 10-day injury list to the 60-day injury list) without a really good reason. Otherwise the Cubs would risk a potential grievance being filed by Morrow that could (if the Cubs lose it) require the Cubs to exercise their club contract option on Morrow for 2020.    

k.cowart (3rd, DET, formally LAA) will be given a chance to be a 2-way player this season if he doesn't screw it up in spring...

91-93mph fastball.

this is starting to become a "thing"...there could be 2-3 of these guys next season across multiple teams.

"Cubs prospect Adbert Alzolay is about two weeks behind the other pitchers in camp due to a side injury.

Alzolay felt a twinge when he slipped during a recent bullpen session, and the Cubs will back off his early-spring workload until he is fully healed."

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In reply to by tim815

TIM: A club can place a player on the MLB 60-day Injured List (or transfer a player from the MLB 10-day Injured List to the 60-day Injured List) once the MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) is full even if the player being placed on the 60-day Injured List is not replaced on the 40 by another player - EXCEPT - in September, when a player who is placed on the 60-day Injured List (or transferred to the 60-day Injured List) must be replaced on the MLB 40-man roster by another player. 

Most clubs wait to place a player onto the 60-day Injured List until they need a 40-man roster slot, but not always. 

And again, a club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) must be full before a player can placed on the 60-day Injured List, so the Cubs could not have placed Kendall Graveman onto the 60 until they added Brad Brach (or another player) to the 40. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

TIM: The Jack Reinheimer DFA hits seven days tomorrow (Thursday), so his roster status will need to be resolved by the Orioles within 24 hours. 

Since it takes 47 hours to run a player through waivers, the Orioles would have needed to place Reinheimer on Outright Assignment Waivers no later than 2 PM (Eastern) yesterday (Tuesday). If for some reason they failed to do that, they could only release him or trade him.  

So he's probably riding the waiver train right now. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

The Cubs have reportedly signed FA LHRP Xavier Cedeno to a non-guaranteed major league contract.

Here's what the Cubs might do so that they can add both Xavier Cedeno - AND - Jack Reinheimer to the 40 (presuming the Cubs claim Reinheimer off waivers and are awarded the claim). 

1. Wait until they find out if they get Reinheimer. If they do, they would have to immediately place him on the MLB 40-man roster (which has one slot open after Kendall Graveman was placed on the 60-day Injured List); 

Then...  

2. DFA Reinheimer.

Then... 

3. Add Cedeno to the 40.

See, the Cubs cannot add Cedeno to the 40 first and then acquire Reinheimer off waivers without having to DFA another player presently on the 40. That's because if a club is awarded a waiver claim and the club's MLB 40-man roster is already full, the player claimed off waivers cannot be Designated for Assignment to get the roster back down to 40. Another (different) player has to be dropped from the 40. 

But if the Cubs wait to add Cedeno to the 40 until - AFTER - they find out if they get Reinheimer off waivers (and again, this is presuming the Cubs are as interested in acquiring Reinheimer now as they were last November), they can acquire Reinheimer via waiver claim and immediately place him on the 40 (because one slot is open), and - THEN - after Reinheimer has been added to the 40, DFA Reinheimer (which gets the roster back down to 39), and - THEN - add Cedeno to the 40 (hoping to sneak Reinheimer through waivers like they did with Ian Clarkin last week).  

But it has to be done in a certain specific sequence for it to work. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

If the Cubs are going to decide who gets the last couple of slots in their Opening Day MLB bullpen mainly from Cactus League game performances, it's going to be a challenge to make sure that everyone gets enough work to show what they've got to offer and for the Cubs to get a good read on everybody and not end up releasing the wrong guy(s).

As I've mentioned here before, there could be as few as two slots at AAA Iowa available for the dozen or more veteran pitchers the Cubs have signed to minor league contracts this off-season. Hopefully at least a couple of them will be OK with remaining in Mesa at Extended Spring Training as a de facto "replacement cadre." 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Contrary to Jon Heyman's report yesterday, the Cubs have filed the Xavier Cedeno contract signing as a MAJOR LEAGUE non-guaranteed contract, so he goes onto their MLB 40-man roster and now the 40 is full. 

Also, because the contract is not guaranteed, the Cubs would owe Cedeno 30 days pay (about $150K) if he is released more than 15 days prior to MLB Opening Day (that is, no later than March 12th), or 45 days pay (about $225K) if he is released 15 or fewer days prior to MLB Opening Day (March 13th - March 27th). The contract becomes 100% fully guaranteed if he is not released prior to MLB Opening Day. 

In addition, Cedeno is an Article XIX-A player (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), so he cannot be optioned or sent outright to the minors without his permission (he is out of minor league options so that doesn't come into play at all). 

The difference between being an Article XIX-A player (at least five years of MLB Service Time) like Cedeno is and being an Article XX-D player (at least three years of MLB Service Time but less than five) is that an Article XIX-A player cannot be sent to the minors (optioned or outrighted) without his permission, while an Article XX-D player can be sent to the minors (optioned or outrighted) without his permission, but if he is outrighted to the minors he can elect free-agency immediately (but with no termination pay) or defer free-agency until aftef the conclusion of the MLB regular season. 

So for Cedeno it will almost certainly be Chicago or Bust.  

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Here is one reason why a club would prefer to have a player who is not expected to return to active duty anytime soon on the 60-day Injured List instead of on the 10-day Injured List: 

A "Standard Form of Diagnosis" signed by the club physician must accompany a request to place a player on an MLB Injured List, and a "Standard Form of Diagnosis for Recertification" signed by the club physician must be filed with the MLB Commissioner every ten days for players on the MLB 10-day Injured List and after seven days for players on the MLB 7-day Injured List. 

However, a Standard Form of Recertification is - NOT - required once a player has been placed on or transferred to a club's MLB 60-day Injured List. So a player on an MLB 60-day Injured List could go to Mars and stay there indefinitely for all MLB cares (as long as he gets his MLB meal & tip money when the club is on the road). 

Also, a Standard Form of Diagnosis is - NOT - required to place a minor league player on a minor league Injured List and a Standard Form of Recertification is not required once a minor league player has been placed on a minor league Injured List. This is why it is so easy to place a minor league player on a minor league Injured List and then just leave him there indefinitely, at least so long as the player is cool with it. (What used to be called the "Phantom DL" will now probably be called the "Phantom IL"). 

LHP James Buckelew has retired. 

The Cubs purchased Buckelew's contract frrom the Kansas City T-Bones (American Association) last July, and he split time between Myrtle Beach and Tennessee over the last two months of the season.  

The 27-year old Buckelew was signed by the Miami Marlins as a NDFA college senior out of Belmont University in June 2014 and he spent five seasons in the Marlins organization prior to being released last May, and then he spent only about a month in independent ball with the T-Bones before being acquired by the Cubs. 

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  • crunch (view)

    unreal.  be crazy to see where this goes in a month or 2....unless it gets too crazy to ignore at the mlb level.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    And another solo shot in the third. He’s not hitting cheapies either. Definitely capturing my attention at this point.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    He is on a serious heater right now 

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Brennan Davis two out first inning grand salami for Iowa.

  • crunch (view)

    woo!!!!

    walkoff win!  morel has been involved in at least 4 walk-off wins this year by my count.

    his bWAR is tied for next to last on the team (-0.1)...just saying.

  • crunch (view)

    ha.  the mccutchen AB where he almost homered in the 6th (foul) got me thinking about the mccutchen/furries thing.

    it's a coincidence, but mccutchen does VERY well at the plate when pittsburgh's annual furry convention (Anthrocon) is in town and there's a home game.  all 4 days of the convention will be home games for PIT.

    be on the lookout for mccutchen's twitter account to simply post "Furries" during the week of the convention.

    he's aware of the coincidence and plays into it.

    baseball is weird.  social media is weird.  furries are also weird, but whatever...ya'll do ya'll.

    https://www.mlb.com/news/pirates-andrew-mccutchen-summons-the-power-of-…

  • crunch (view)

    i love that wrigley is packed, but you can tell a lot of these fans are new(ish) to in-person baseball.

    pop outs that don't even reach the warning track are getting huge fan pops as possible homers.

    that said, it's good there's so much fresh eyes on the field product.  the game needs a constant influx of newer fans.

    i noticed a lot of 20-somethings really getting into baseball during the covid era.  they also really got into baseball cards, but that's another side show in itself.  the baseball card boom died down a bit, but the interest in baseball overall seems to have stuck around.

  • crunch (view)

    "The New York Post’s Joel Sherman reports the Mets offered first baseman Pete Alonso a seven-year, $158 million contract extension last summer."

    22.5m a year.  on one hand, no way his agent would sign that.  on the other hand, the mets obviously see some warning signs long-term...most likey his lack of body conditioning.  he's got a very pre-roids era slugger build.

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