Cubs MLB Roster

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40-Man Roster Info

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 seven players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and seven players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-21-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

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

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

* Cody Bellinger
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

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 vs. Rockies: Game Thread (Game 6)

The Cubs improved to 3-2 with a blowout of the Rockies on Tuesday night. They bring a relatively rested bullpen into Wednesday's game before a scheduled day off. With near freezing temperatures and precipitation in the forecast, the Cubs plan to use big lefty Luke Little as an opener. Ben Brown last pitched on Saturday and Alzolay, Merryweather, Leiter, and Neris each pitched last on Sunday. So, get ready for a true bullpen game if there is no postponement. The Cubs rode a quartet of homeruns to victory last night and may need more Seiya-esque lazers if they hope to pierce the cold winds again. 

Cal Quantrill is scheduled to get the start for the Rockies. The 29-year-old righty is in his first season with the new club and took a loss on five earned runs over five innings in his debut. He had some low ERAs with Cleveland in 2021 and 2022 but has generally looked like a mid to back of the rotation pitch to contact type. 

This one is scheduled to start at 6:40 pm central time.


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In reply to by Childersb3

Patrick Wisdom and the minor league position player rehabbers had a two hour "full workout" this morning on Field # 1, and Wisdom was playing free & easy defensively (at both 1B and 3B) and running and cutting at full speed on the bases. He also isn't having any problems swinging (he had a couple of monster moonshot home runs in BP), although Jameson Taillon absolutely carved him up in yesterday's intrasquad game. So Wisdom should be ready to start a minor league rehab assignment very soon, although I see no place for him on the Cubs 26-man roster at this time.

morel range factor at 3rd just went up 30-40%

happ getting defensively bailed out by morel is embarrassing for a 2x gold glover.

AZ Phil, you wrote that Almonte could be outrighted to the MiLB without his consent by April 26th. He's obviously out of options.

Am I quoting you accurately, there?

I'm not seeing a RP worth keeping here. 

If Palencia isn't better than Almonte than both should eventually go.

It appears to me Almonte is the 13th arm and 26th man on the roster.

Brown appears to be clearly better than both of them.

If Brown goes back down to Iowa to get innings when Taillon returns, then Palencia should get that 13th arm spot.

If Almonte gets claimed/signed elsewhere then so be it.

He just seems like another guy.

I thought he threw 95+

This spring he's topped out at 93, sat more 91-92 and he lives and dies with the 81 slider.

He just seems like "another guy"

Palencia at least has velo.

If not Palencia, than give Cam Sanders a chance.

Kilian may have deserved this but got hurt.

Yew, twisting hairs over the 26th spot, but it does matter (at least at times)

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In reply to by Childersb3

Childersb3: Yency Almonte is out of minor league options. Also, if he isn't outrighted to the minors by April 26th, he must give his consent before he can be sent to the minors. So the Cubs need to place him on Outright Assignment Waivers ASAP and hope he gets claimed and that another club will assume his $1.9M salary (and reduce the Cubs AAV accordingly), and if he isn't claimed hope he will elect free-agency (and forfeit his salary) after being outrighted, or at the very least outright him and get him off the 40-man roster with the possibility that maybe he might have some value to the Cubs or to another club sometime later in the season. 

The pitcher who should replace Yency Almonte in the Cubs pen is Colten Brewer, and if Almonte is removed from the 40, it would open up a slot on the 40 for Brewer.

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In reply to by Childersb3

Childersb3: Colten Brewer was (by far) the best of the Cubs veteran NRI relievers at Spring Training. I would give him first crack at a pen job, although it doesn't have to be permanent if it doesn't work out.

I have mentioned this before, but a Kyle Hendricks for Kenley Jansen trade would essentially be an AAV "wash" for both teams. 

Also, if Hendricks is traded before he reaches "10/5" on 6/26, the club that acquires him from the Cubs prior to 6/26 could then flip him at the actual MLB Trade Deadline on 8/1 (something the Cubs will not be able to do) if it turns out that the Red Sox are (as expected) out of playoff contention by that date. 

It would also allow the Red Sox to move Whitlock or Hauck back to the bullpen, and the Cubs would get a second closer to pair with Alzolay, because the stress on Alzolay's forearm and elbow from throwing so many sliders and cutters makes it imperative that he not be used on back-to-back days.

The Cubs would almost certainly have to include a RP prospect and a SP prospect (Top 30 type, not a Top 15), but it would be worth it to exchange Hendricks for Jansen. (Nobody outside of the Cubs organization knows Cubs pitching prospects better than new Red Sox PBO -- and ex-Cubs Director of Pitching -- Craig Breslow). 

After last night's performance, my hopes are raised that Ben Brown will be given an extensive chance to establish himself as an MLB starter. If the Cubs are in contention mid season he may find himself conscripted into secondary closer / multi inning relief service. But he should get the chance to be a starter by 2025 at the latest barring major health complications.

hendricks vs the dodgers lineup on friday...oof.

really need the wind to be blowing in 20+mph during game time.

also, nico has 5 walks and 3 HBP through 27 PA...really pads out the 2 singles he's had with the bat.

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  • crunch (view)

    luckily the team isn't running low on MLB-ready SP...what's in AAA isn't ready for the big time yet (c.horton) or trash (literally everyone else).

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

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  • crunch (view)

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  • crunch (view)

    this COL/OAK game crazy fun...needed this after yet another poor showing cubs loss.

  • Eric S (view)

    Shutout by the Braves in three of the six game series. Cubs fortunate to get two wins. Cubs offense in need of a collective viagra-voodoo cocktail, stat!

  • crunch (view)

    he gets a 2nd inning...leadoff single on the 1st pitch.

    2ip 4h 1bb 1k, 2r/er

  • crunch (view)

    1ip 2h 1bb 1k, 2r/ of the outs was a popout about as close to the ivy as you can get without being in the ivy.

    not encouraging.  he may or may not get another inning.  he probably shouldn't have gotten that inning in a 1-0 game, but with the way the cubs bats are going it may not even matter.

  • crunch (view)

    it's sad watching hendricks come out the pen...even more sad giving up a single to his 1st batter and walking the 2nd batter.

  • crunch (view)

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  • crunch (view)

    he could productively use this time to work on his autograph.