Pre-Arbitration (Auto-Renewal) Players

An unsigned player under club control who does not yet qualify for salary arbitration ultimately has to either accept the club's offer or just not play.

A club will negotiate with the player up to a point, but if the player has not signed a contract for the current season by March 1st, the club has the right to unilaterally dictate the player's salary and renew the player's contract from the previous season (albeit for an amount not less than the MLB minimum salary, and not less than 80% of the player's salary from the previous season and not less than 70% of the player's salary from two season's back). 

These players are the ones who have a "minor league split" salary in their contract, which the player is paid if he is sent to the minors. A player's "minor league split" salary must be at least equal to the 2019 MLB "minor league split" minimum salary and must be at least 50% of the player's salary from the previous season.
NOTE: If a free-agent signs a major league contract with a minor league "split" salary, the "50% rule" does not apply.

CUBS PRE-ARBITRATION (AUTO-RENEWAL) PLAYERS POST-2020: (last updated 9-27-2020)
Jason Adam, RHP 
Adbert Alzolay, RHP 
Miguel Amaya, C 
Nico Hoerner, INF  
Dillon Maples, RHP  
Brailyn Marquez, LHP 
Tyson Miller, RHP 
Alec Mills, RHP 
James Norwwod, RHP  
Manuel Rodriguez, RHP 
Justin Steele, LHP 
Duane Underwood Jr, RHP 
Ildemaro Vargas, INF 
Rowan Wick, RHP 
Brad Wieck, LHP 

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  • bradsbeard 2 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me. 

     

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 2 days 13 min ago (view)

    AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!

     

  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    jim hickey new nats pitching coach.

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there. 

     

  • tim815 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.

     

  • crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.

    big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.

    too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?

     

  • tim815 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?cid=609&sid=milb

    Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.

    http://www.milb.com/roster/index.jsp?cid=2270&sid=...

     

  • crunch 4 days 9 hours ago (view)

    yup, they're gonna try.  starts in about a month.

     

  • Hagsag 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Has it been announced whether there will be a DR winter league this winter?

     

  • tim815 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    That's as good of news as we'll get for awhile.

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 1 hour ago (view)

    TIM: If nothing else, signing a boatload of IFA (35) in the 2019-20 ISP is a pretty good indicator that the Cubs fully intend to run two DSL teams into the forseeable future. 

     

  • tim815 5 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Of the 11 new guys, I'm leaning on Marino Sandy and Jerry Torres to be the most likely to reach full-season ball or get traded 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 days 3 hours ago (view)

    OF Ian Miller (outrighted to the minors on 9/3) elected free-agency just prior to the 10/15 deadline, and the Cubs have signed RHRP Juan Gamez (who they released on 9/9) to a 2021 minor league contract.