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 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

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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

 





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Cubs vs. Rockies: Series Thread (Games 154-156)

The Cubs' recent run of failure proceeded from frustrating to demoralizing against the Pirates. Solid pitching and defensive performers fell through and two attempted comebacks fell short as the Cubs managed only one win. Chicago is in a virtual tie for the final NL Wild Card spot with nine games remaining. They have three games against the Rockies at Wrigley to leave home on a positive note. See below for matchups.


Game 154, Friday, September 22, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (7-10, 5.27 ERA)
COL: RHP Noah Davis (0-2, 9.58 ERA)


Game 155, Saturday, September 23, 1:20 pm central
CHC: LHP Jordan Wicks (3-1, 2.67 ERA)
COL: RHP Chris Flexen (1-8, 7.19 ERA)


Game 156, Sunday, September 24, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Javier Assad (4-3, 3.04 ERA)
COL: LHP Ty Blach (3-2, 5.32 ERA)

Comments

Entering today, Suzuki’s post all star game stats: .298/.356/.556 (.912 OPS) - He’s been huge. 
 

For kicks, here’s Bellinger’s post all star game stats: .321/.359/.583 (.942).

Brewers get a Twelve-spot in the 2nd vs Marlins. Odd to be rooting for them but whatever it takes.

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

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).   
 

merryweather puts the first couple guys on with 0 outs...and smyly is up in the pen.  back end of the pen situation is a mess.

cubs win...so do MIA and CIN,.  ARZ is close to winning (up by 6 in the 8th).  total wash of a day.

off day tomorrow then it's the last week of baseball...not an easy one vs MIL and ATL.  last-week drama...

With two more HR on Sunday versus Houston, Nelson Velazquez now has 17 HR in 49 MLB games this season (pro-rates out to 56 HR in 162 games). 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Jed just didn't believe in NellyV during Winter '21-'22 enough to keep from signing Seiya.
Jed didn't think what Nelson was doing in AA in 2021 was enough for a chance.
He probably wasn't wrong. He just may not have been 100% correct.
Seiya has played better since being moved out of the top 4 spots in the order.
That pressure was just too much for him.
I just don't see a lot of difference between Seiya and Nelson long term. Except for the price and age between them.
But this is all retroactive.
I just like giving your homegrown guys a chance.
Especially homegrown bats with power and arms with high velo.
Happy for NellyV. Hope he follows the same path as Soler.

Phil,

USA Today is reporting that Stroman is more likely now to take his option for next year rather than hit FA market.
21mil in hand and hope for a reset year in '24 a better outlook for him?
Does this mean Hendricks gets let go?
Smyly will opt in to his last year for sure.
So, Steele, Taillon, Stroman, Wicks, Assad, Brown, maybe Horton, with Smyly in the pen.
Will there be enough cash and spots for Hendricks to return?
I was hoping for a Steele, Taillon, Wicks, Assad, Brown and Yamamoto rotation.

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In reply to by Childersb3

Childersb3: I suspect the Cubs will pick-up the Hendricks $16M 2024 option rather than pay the $1.5M buy-out, and then depending on what else might happen during off-season (Stroman opt-out now not likely, Smyly to the pen permanently, might or might not sign Yamamoto), Hendricks will either be in the Cubs starting rotation on Opening Day, or else he will be traded. 

So while I don't think the Cubs will decline the club option, I do think he could be traded if it becomes clear during the course of the off-season and Spring Training that there is no place for him in the 2024 rotation.

With the need for SP being what it is throughout MLB, Hendricks still has value (especially on a one-year contract for reasonable money), whether it be with the Cubs or with another club (presuming he stays healthy, of course). 

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In reply to by azbobbop

azbobbop: If Stroman does not opt out, the Cubs can trade him without any restrictions.

Stroman will make $21M in 2024 if he does not opt out, and Hendricks will make $16M if the Cubs exercise the club option. 

Also, it would cost the Cubs a $1.5M buy-out if they decline the Hendricks club option, so they would only be saving $14.5M by declining the option, not the full $16M.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Phil: With Brown, Killian, Thompson, Thompson, Assad, Wicks, and Wesneski (with Horton and others knocking on the door) competing to join Steele and Taillon in the rotation, do you anticipate us keeping either Stroman or Hendricks, or looking to add an SP in free agency?

And is Smyly signed for next year? 

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

F NOLDARAN: 

The Cubs have no control with respect to Marcus Stroman or Drew Smyly exercising their player options for 2024. 

Stroman will get $21M in 2024 if he exercises his player option and Smyly gets $10.5M in 2024 (includes a $2M salary escalator based on IP in 2023) if he exercises his player option (both likely, especially Smyly). 

Kyle Hendricks has a $16M club option for 2024 or else a $1.5M buy-out, and it remains to be seen if the Cubs will exercise the option (which is really just a $14.5M savings because of the buy-out). I would think the Cubs will exercise the club option, because they can always trade him.  

Also, the Cubs will be paying performance bonuses post-2023 to Yan Gomes (either $250K or $500K based on games started at catcher) and Smyly ($2M based on IP). Also, Cody Bellinger gets as $1M bonus if he wins N. L. Comeback Player of the Year Award (which is very likely).

So with the $3M+ in performance bonuses still to be paid, the Cubs 2023 payroll AAV will likely end up just slightly under the 2023 MLB $232M CBT threshold, possibly within $1M (TBD).  

BTW, as things stand right now it appears that the Cubs will have somewhere in the vicinity of $30M in 2024 salary to spend on additions to the roster (I am presuming that Bellinger will opt-out, that Stroman and Smyly will not opt out, that the Cubs will pick up the club options on Hendricks and Gomes but will not pick-up the club option on Brad Boxberger, and that the Cubs will tender 2024 contracts to only three or four of the arbitration eligible guys -- Steele and Alzolay for sure, probably Merryweather, plus MAYBE Tauchman and/or Leiter), with Nick Burdi, Codi Heuer, Nick Madrigal, and Patrick Wisdom likely to be non-tendered (or traded prior to being non-tendered if another club is interested). 

However, I suspect that the Cubs will attempt to re-sign Heuer and Burdi -- and Tauchman and/or Leiter if they are non-tendered -- to 2024 minor league contracts with an NRI to Spring Training. Brandon Hughes and Ethan Roberts are not arbitration-eligible but they also are likely to be non-tendered and then the Cubs will attempt to sign them to 2024 minor league contracts with an NRI to Spring Training.

MLB Contract Tender Day this year is November 17th (the Friday immediately prior to Thanksgiving), so I expect to see a lot of transaction-related activity at that time throughout MLB. 

However, the deadline to add Rule 5 eligible players to the MLB 40-man roster is PRIOR TO MLB Contract Tender Day, so the Cubs will need to drop as many players from the 40 as roster slots are needed PRIOR TO MLB Contract Tender Day.

The players presently on the 40 who are most likely to be Designated for Assignment (and outrighted if not claimed) to clear slots on the 40 prior to MLB Contract Tender Day for Rule 5 Draft eligibles would probably be Michael Rucker, Jared Young, Jeremiah Estrada, and Caleb Kilian (in that order), although the Cubs could also just DFA one or more of the players they have  already decided to non-tender and not re-sign (like Madrigal and/or Wisdom, and maybe Leiter and/or Tauchman). 

At 9 AM (Eastern) on the day after the final game of the World Series (two or three weeks prior to MLB Contract Tender Day) is when unsigned MLB Article XX-B players are automatically declared free-agents (they do NOT have to file, it's automatic), so that's when Bellinger, Boxberger, Candelario, and Fulmer will be removed from the Cubs MLB 40-man roster, and then at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series is when all players still on a club's MLB 60-day IL (Burdi,  Heuer, Hughes, and Roberts) are automatically reinstated to the 40-man roster.

So by 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series, the Cubs 40-man roster will likely be full (subtracting free-agents Bellinger, Boxberger, Candelario, and Fulmer, and adding Burdi, Heuer, Hughes, and Roberts back from the 60-day IL). 

5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series is also the point in time when unsigned minor league players eligible to be a post-2023 MLB Rule 9 6YFA are automatically declared free-agents, unless the player is added to the MLB 40-man roster or has signed a 2024 minor league successor contract. This will impact the Cubs with respect to OF Yonathan Perlaza and SS Luis Vazquez (two legit prospects who are eligible to be minor league free-agents post-2023).  

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Some of you may have noticed that Monday's roster moves (PCA and Mastrobuoni optioned to AAA and Dansby Swanson reinstated from the 10-day IL) leaves the Cubs with only 25 players on their MLB Active List. This is not unusual at all, in the case of a day off and a player being recalled from the minors for the next day's game. There is no reason to call the player up on an off-day, because if that happened the player would have to be paid at the MLB rate and would accrue a day of MLB Service Time.  

    MLB clubs are allowed to carry 25 players (no more than 13 pitchers) on their MLB Active List roster beginning on MLB Opening Day and extending through August 31st (although to do that for the entire season would be a competitive disadvantage), and then clubs are required to have 28 players (no more than 14 pitchers) on their active list beginning on September 1st and extending through the final day of the MLB regular season. So either 25 or 26 prior to September 1st, but 28 beginning on September 1st.

    So presuming the Cubs plan to recall INF Luis Vazquez prior to Tuesday's game, there is no good reason to do it on Monday (when there is no game) when they can just as easily wait until Tuesday and save about $4,000 in salary differential.

    BTW, because the recall of Vazquez is not yet official, the Cubs could decide instead to sign left-hand hitting veteran utility INF Joey Wendle (who was just released by the Mets today) and pay him the pro-rated MLB minimum salary (with the Mets on the hook for the balance of his $2M salary) instead of recalling Vazquez. To do this the Cubs would have to clear a 40-man roster slot, which they could do by (let's say) transferring Adbert Alzolay to the 60-day IL. 

    Wendle's MLB career 162 game average is 262/311/384 with 8 HR and 53 RBI, 31 doubles, and 15 SB, he is an above-average defender who can play SS in addition to 2B, 3B, LF, and RF, and while he is better hitting against RHP (269/313/399), he holds his own versus LHP (232/304/318). 

    With somebody like Wendle (who could be a late-inning defensive replacement at 3B), the Cubs could replace Mastrobuoni AND Madrigal (and not need Vazquez) with just one player, creating an opening for a "hot" bat (like maybe Brennen Davis, who could platoon with Happ in LF until Happ gets going, or with Tauchman in CF if Bellinger plays 1B and Busch/Wisdom platoon at DH). 

  • crunch (view)

    the "hilarious" thing about PCA is he's 2nd on the team in bWAR with only 63 PA and a .236/.295/.364 slash.

    i've long been a critic of how over-rated defensive WAR is for outfielders.  stuff like this is why.  yes, he's an elite defender in CF, but all of this defensive value has come over 44 chances in 156 innings.

  • Cubster (view)

    Brewers lose in 10 to the Marlins. So that’s nice.

    Also Braves come to town after splitting a DH and used Sale-Lopez as starters.

  • fullykräusened (view)

    You're right, crunch, as usual. He has huge potential, but needs a few hundred AAA plate appearances. I think Bellinger gives the Cubs more value in CF than 1B, so they're better off giving a roster spot to somebody else.  I'm okay with Vasquez; we aren"t getting much offense from  our backup infielders, to say the least.

  • crunch (view)

    PCA needs regular play, this team has more problems than a luxury pinch runner and defensive player off the bench.

    be nice if he can fine turn his SB game as well as his bat game.  still, i'd rather have him just taking the great odds and situational odds rather than having him running all over the place and getting thrown out 25%+ of the time.

    he's fast, 30+ SB guys generally are.  but he's faster than even that number gives a nod to.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Both Mastrobuoni and PCA have been optioned to AAA. 

  • Charlie (view)

    The Cubs definitely need a guy with multiple years of control to emerge as a true middle of the order hitter. Busch is getting beat in the zone enough that my optimism about him is waning a bit. Morel's increase in contact has been encouraging, but he's been putting so much of that contact on the ground that it hasn't yielded any gains.  

  • Childersb3 (view)

    I'd say the whole Cubs Hitting Org from top to bottom is in a "meh/slump" stage here.
    We're all just waiting for a breakout to occur here in Wrigley and down on the farm. BDavis has been a good story, but he needs some company!!

    Thank goodness for Bellinger. He's the only hitter we have that honestly doesn't have a whole in his approach. He's a professional hitter and can provide pop. I don't buy into the argument he doesn't have real bat speed. He can turn on almost any inside pitch (up or down).
    But I still think he should be the 1B. He clearly doesn't want that.
    PCA in CF (or Tauch) and Happ, Busch and ONKC at DH (or Happ/ONKC in LF).
     

  • crunch (view)

    matt shaw's AA hot start has been fizzling hard.

    he hit 3 homers by april 14, none since.  he's pretty much had a dead bat since april 17th.

    he's got a .182/.304/.242 slash in may so far.

  • crunch (view)

    they might just be getting rid of the masterboney dead weight.