Cubs MLB Roster

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40-Man Roster Info

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

28 players are on the MLB ACTIVE LIST, plus seven are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, two are on the 10-DAY IL, and three are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 9-22-20239
* bats or throws left
# bats both

Javier Assad
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Nico Hoerner
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom
* Jared Young

* Cody Bellinger
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

Keven Alcantara, OF 
Ben Brown, P  
Brennen Davis, OF 
Jeremiah Estrada, P
Caleb Kilian, P 
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Michael Rucker, P

10-DAY IL: 2
Jeimer Candelario, 1B
Nick Madrigal, INF

15-DAY IL: 3
Adbert Alzolay, P
Brad Boxberger, P 
Michael Fulmer, P 

60-DAY IL: 4
Nick Burdi, P
Codi Heuer, P
* Brandon Hughes, P
Ethan Roberts, P

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Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Cubs vs. Marlins: Series Thread (Games 32-34)

The Cubs get a quick rematch against the Marlins, who swept them on the road to end the month of April. This time, the Cubs are reinforced by designated hitter and first baseman Matt Mervis, who is likely to make his MLB debut, and catcher Miguel Amaya, who debuted on May 4 collecting his first MLB RBI on a sac fly but still in search of his first time reaching base safely. See below for the matchups in this weekend series at Wrigley.

Game 32, Friday, May 5, 1:20 pm central

MIA: RHP Edward Cabrera (2-2, 4.67 ERA)

CHC: LHP Justin Steele (4-0, 1.49 ERA)

Cabrera worked around some command problems in the first inning and collected 12 strikeouts to defeat the Cubs on April 29. He looked nigh untouchable from the second inning on, commanding his mid-90s fastball and mixing it with a plus curve and plus changeup.

Steele has continued an extremely strong run while generally staying under the radar. He went six innings in a no-decision on April 30, allowing three runs, two earned, and striking out three. It was his least dominant start of the season so far. However, he continued to start batters with a strike the majority of the time and has continued to get solid chase and swinging strike rates even despite collecting fewer strikeouts than in previous starts.

Game 33, Saturday, May 6, 1:20 pm central

MIA: RHP Bryan Hoeing (0-1, 6.23 ERA)

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (3-1, 2.83 ERA)

Hoeing had a much improved second start of the season , going five innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out four and allowed no homeruns.

The Nationals aided Smyly in a relatively quick and easy seven innings by putting the ball in play a lot. Smyly collected only two strikeouts in his seven innings of work, but also walked none and allowed only six hits, with the only run scoring on a solo homer. The Cubs offense and bullpen couldn't provide enough support to get him a win. When the Nats swung at pitches in the zone, they made contact 100% of the time. Smyly responded by throwing his four-seamer less than 30% of the time and going primarily to his curve and fairly frequently to his cutter.

Game 34, Sunday, May 7, 1:20 pm central

MIA: RHP Sandy Alcantara (1-3, 5.09 ERA)

CHC: RHP Hayden Wesneski (2-1, 4.45 ERA)

The Cubs dodged Alcantara last time around. 2023 has gotten off to a bit of a rough start for the righty, who has been dominant in the past two seasons and topped 200 innings in each, a rare feat of late. This season is command has been a bit off and he's allowed slightly more contact in the air compared to when he's at his best. His fastball is coming in as hard as ever, and he still features a strong changeup he goes to about a quarter of the time.

Like Smyly, Wesneski had a hard time sneaking the ball by the Nationals' lineup without allowing contact. He went six innings while also allowing only one earned run, collecting only two strikeouts on the way. Pitch tracking says he threw his changeup over 15% of the time, by far the most of any of his starts so far.



leiter jr with the save.  mervis went 1-4 (single) with 2 Ks.  he wasn't challenged at 1st defensively, but he didn't look bad.

steele is 5-0 and is very much in the too-early-to-care cy young race.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

d.ross tried to make that happen last year.  it didn't work out well compared to his work in other situations, but he saw something in the guy.  i was legit shocked when he was let go and arguably a bit more shocked that the cubs managed to let 29 other teams take a shot at him only to get him back for 2023.

STL manages to lose their 7th in a row.  10-23 record.  wow.  worst in the NL, 3rd worst in all of MLB.

STL has removed contreras from C duties "for a few weeks" and plan on working him more at DH/OF. if that's the problem with the pitching.  i'm not much for laying a heavy amount of wins/losses on manager impact, but firing the manager before trying to pin the pitching woes on contreras would probably be a better idea.  contreras hasn't been awesome, but he's been good enough and above average and throwing out + holding baserunners.

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In reply to by crunch

For those interested in the Stl moving Contreras to DH/OF situation, I suggest reading the many comments below the MLBTR cover piece. Catcher stats have always been considered somewhat limited but it’s not about pitch blocking or throwing with Willy.

My favorite comment was (paraphrasing): I wasn’t a fan of the contract but it should work out better than the Fowler contract did for the Cards.
I’d love to see AZ Phil’s take on the Cardinals decision about Contreras.

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In reply to by Cubster

whole thing is getting weird...this from today... "Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak told The Athletic on Sunday that Willson Contreras will not play in the outfield this season."

he's a good hitter for a catcher, but the cards kinda need that DH slot for their slew of OF bats.  i guess adding him to the OF mix would be more of a mess and a step back defensively.

just noticed m.amaya wears pearls.  modern swag is interesting stuff.  cubs have had 2 players now in recent times wearing pearls over gold.

STL loses 8 in a row.  10-24 record.  this is a weird trainwreck.  they need 2 weeks of wins just to get back to .500...

wesn had a terrible 5th (though only 1 run scored).  he bounced back for a 1-2-3 6th, including a K.  nice.

cubs on letting morel destroy AAA rather than bringing him up...

"And he doesn't catch or pitch," Ross quipped. "So I think, just continue to let him develop and get better at baseball. And that's not just offensively -- that's every area. Those moments will come when we're going to need somebody down there. And if he's swinging the bat like he is right now, he would definitely be the guy."

"Chris is playing awesome, and he's obviously great in the clubhouse," Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said. "And he's going to have a huge impact on this team. I do think he's benefiting from playing every day. When there's a path to playing a lot, I think it's no question he'll be up here."

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil 09/23/2023 - 09:02 pm (view)

    The deadline for trading players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) and players who were outrighted to the minors after signing a 2023 MLB contract was August 1st, but trades involving players on a minor league reserve list are prohibited beginning at 12 PM (Eastern) on the 7th day prior to the originally-scheduled conclusion of the 2023 MLB regular season (Sunday 9/24) through the last day of the MLB regular season (including a day on which a regular season game is played after the originally-scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season).   

  • Arizona Phil 09/23/2023 - 09:58 pm (view)


    As you know, the abbreviation "DFA" stands for "Designated for Assignment." 

    There are three types of assignments: 

    1. Trade Assignment (when a player is traded from one MLB club to another)
    2. Outright Assignment (when a player is sent to the club's minor league Domestic Reserve List after Outright Assignment Waivers have been secured).
    3. Optional Assignment (when a player is optioned to the minors, subject to being recalled at a later time). 

    So when a player is Designated for Assignment, the player can either be traded, outrighted to the minors, or optioned to the minors. 

    Normally a player is not Designated for Assignment and then optioned to the minors, because the club could just option the player to the minors immediately without a DFA.

    Back in the day It was not that unusual for a player to be Designated for Assignment so that Optional Assignment Waivers could be secured (Optional Assignment Waivers were required before certain players could be optioned to the minors, and just like the old Trade Assignment Waivers, Optional Assignment Waivers were revocable if a player was claimed). Optional Assignment Waivers were eliminated in 2016 and Trade Assignment Waivers were eliminated in 2021, so all revocable waivers have been eliminated. What's left are Outright Assignment Waivers and Outright Release Waivers, and both are irrevocable once requested.  

    With the new five option limit whereby a player can (with a couple of exceptions) be optioned to the minors no more than five times in a given season before Outright Assignment Waivers must be secured (and it - IS - Outright Assignment Waivers that must be secured, even though it is for the purpose of an Optional Assignment), it now might be necessary for a club to DFA a player to clear a spot on the MLB 26-man roster (MLB 28-man roster in September) for another player and to allow for the two days (actually 47 hours) required to run a player through waivers. After the two day Waiver Claiming Period concludes (and presuming the player isn't claimed), the player can be returned to the MLB 40-man roster and optioned to the minors (even after being Designated for Assignment). But for that to happen, the player can - NOT - be replaced on the MLB 40-man roster by another player after being Designated for Assignment.  

    However, in the case of Jordan Luplow, he had - NOT - been optioned to the minors five times in the 2023 season prior to be optioned to AAA St. Paul on 9/18, so the Twins did not need to DFA Luplow in order to secure Outright Assignment Waivers so that he could be optioned to the minors a sixth time. But because he was Designated for Assignment and not replaced on the 40 by another player after the DFA, the Twins could option him to the minors (and return him to the 40) even after he was Designated for Assignment, because an Optional Assignment is one of the three types of assignments.

    So Luplow was Designated for Assignment even though he didn't need to be, and then the Twins returned him to their MLB 40-man roster and optioned him to the minors a couple of days later (which they can do, since Luplow wasn't replaced on the 40 by another player after he was Designated for Assignment). What the Twins did (DFA Luplow and then option him to the minors a couple of days later) was within the rules. It's just very odd and doesn't make a lot of sense. 

    So I will offer the most logical reason I can think of to explain why the Twins did this:  

    The Twins DFA'd Luplow because they intended to reinstate Chris Paddack from the 60-day IL, but then Carlos Correa suddenly needed to go on the 10-day IL and so they decided they wanted to keep Luplow on the 40-man roster (and on Optional Assignment to AAA) and didn't want to risk losing him off waivers or by him electing free-agency after being outrighted. Luplow has Article XX-D rights (he has been outrighted to the minors previously in his career), so he would had the right to elect free-agency after he was outrighted. There was also the possibility that he would have been claimed of waivers, and obviously the Twins felt they might need his RH bat after losing Correa and with Royce Lewis having left a game with a hamstring injury that led to an IL assignment. 

    Also, if Luplow was outrighted instead of being optioned, he would no longer be automatically eligible to play in the post-season (except as a possible injury replacement).

    Not only did Carlos Correa go on the IL, Royce Lewis went on the IL, too, two days after Correa went on the IL and two days after Luplow was optioned to AAA, so the Twins did in fact end up needing Luplow after all, and recalled him just a couple of days after he was optioned to replace Lewis on the MLB 28-man roster. 

    So that all I've got. That is the only thing that makes sense. The Twins DFA'd Luplow because they had intended to replace him on the 40 with another player (probably Paddack) and hoped that they would be able to run him through waivers and that he wouldn't get claimed and that he would accept an Outright Assignment, but then they suddenly changed their minds because of the injury to Correa and the possibility that Lewis might also have to go on the IL (which did, in fact, happen the next day).

    So the Twins were able to return Luplow to the 40 because he hadn't been replaced on the 40 by another player after he was Designated for Assignment, then they optioned him to St. Paul, and then they recalled him after Royce Lewis was placed on the 10-day IL (the minimum 10-day optional assignment being waived because Luplow replaced a player (Royce Lewis) who was placed on an MLB IL. 

  • crunch 09/23/2023 - 09:00 pm (view)

    CIN out here blowing a 9-0 lead they built through 3 innings.  9-9 tie in the 7th.

  • crunch 09/23/2023 - 09:05 pm (view)

    boxburger 10d IL, k.thompson back up.  it's his right forearm (again).

  • crunch 09/23/2023 - 09:12 pm (view)

    merryweather got out of it, but he loaded the bases with 1 out.  of course ross got cuas up in the pen...thankfully he didn't need to come in.

    looks like cuas gets the 9th.

  • crunch 09/23/2023 - 09:46 pm (view)

    4ip 2h 0bb 6k, 49 pitches.  no idea why they're giving the pen the last 2 innings when he's out there dealing like this and only threw 49 pitches.  he was supposed to pitch tomorrow and he's fresh.

  • crunch 09/23/2023 - 09:52 pm (view)

    ...and assad is now a pen arm, evidently...odd move given recent success.  i guess wicks starts tomorrow?

  • crunch 09/22/2023 - 09:16 pm (view)

    ARZ, MIA, and CIN all lose.  nice.

  • crunch 09/22/2023 - 09:54 pm (view)

    stroman is now the saturday starter...okay, then.

  • jdrnym 09/22/2023 - 09:52 pm (view)


    Jordan Luplow was DFA'd by the Twins on Monday and was ultimately optioned and then recalled today. I didn't think that was possible since optional waivers were eliminated years ago. How did that work for the Twins?