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-2021: (last updated 3-31-2021)
Cory Abbott, RHP
Jason Adam, RHP
Adbert Alzolay, RHP
Miguel Amaya, C
Nico Hoerner, INF
Dillon Maples, RHP
Brailyn Marquez, LHP
Tyson Miller, RHP
Alec Mills, RHP
Christopher Morel, INF
Manuel Rodriguez, RHP
Justin Steele, LHP
Kohl Stewart, RHP
Keegan Thompson, RHP
Rowan Wick, RHP (could qualify for salary arbitration as "Super Two" - TBD)
Brad Wieck, LHP (could qualify for salary arbitration as "Super Two" - TBD)

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  • George Altman 1 hour 19 min ago (view)

    If this post had a 'like' button, I would press it.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 52 min ago (view)

    Infielders Ed Howard IV, Fabian Pertuz, Ryan Reynolds, and Yeison Santana, 1B Grayson Byrd, and OF Darius Hill  have been moved down to the Myrtle Beach (Lo-A) squad from the South Bend (Hi-A) squad at Minor League Camp. 

     

  • Jackstraw 2 hours 42 min ago (view)

    I think somebody finally found and turned off the SUCK mode on their Cubs game controller. 

    It's important we ALL do that, every day.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 1 min ago (view)

    i think the cubs can risk losing shelby miller.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Contreras is amazing. It's why I've been so adamant that its completely nuts how often he's popped up in trade rumors. 

     

  • Sonicwind75 6 hours 49 min ago (view)

    And the baseball gods smite us with great vengeance. 

     

  • crunch 7 hours 37 min ago (view)

    in a world of bryzzo and baez, contreras deserves his props for his all-around game.

    he protected lester's shortcomings for years.  good luck with that 40% caught stealing rate and less people attempting it in WAS with aged alex avila and yan gomes, guy.

     

  • crunch 7 hours 55 min ago (view)

    cubs are scoring runs early and have a lead.

    i'm not prepared for this.  deep down inside i'm nearly positive this is a good thing, but i'm going to do some research and try to make sure this is a good thing.

    okay, i just checked with my friend that's a dodgers fan and this is a good thing.  go cubs.

    game 14...only the 2nd time with multiple extra base hits in an inning for the cubs this year according to boog.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Winkler and Workman return today, Steele and Strop head to alternate site.  Yay

     

  • Charlie 10 hours 54 min ago (view)

    No numbers really needed to show that this offense is terrible right now, but I decided to peruse team stats today to see exactly where the Cubs have struggled the most. I was unsurprised to find they have the third highest pull %, the second lowest line drive %, and the highest K% in the majors right now. BABIP is also the lowest in the majors, whih is to be expected when the team is making poor contact and doing so in the teeth of the shift.

    That's not fun baseball to watch.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 19 min ago (view)

    Don't worry, Joc is DEFINITELY an upgrade.

     

  • CTSteve 13 hours 21 min ago (view)

    And off of a lefty. 

    Neat.

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Most players get only three minor league options, but a player who has accrued less than five "full seasons" is eligible for a 4th minor league option.

     

  • Charlie 21 hours 5 min ago (view)

    I agree that Contreras really sticks that front elbow (and shoulder and to some extent his head) pretty close to the zone. Plus he likes to reach toward the outer half to pull the ball and sometimes to lunge a little at the outside corner, so pitchers will want to work him inside frequently. He should get a thicker elbow guard.

     

  • bradsbeard 22 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Sounds like Steele will be in line for a 4th option year FWIW. 

     

  • crunch 23 hours 16 min ago (view)

    limited capacity (and it's a "thunderstick" giveaway night), but LAD @ SD is practically a playoff level atmosphere here in april.

    this one could be hot for years.