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-2018 (last updated 4-6-2019)
Adbert Alzolay, RHP
Victor Caratini, C
Taylor Davis, C
Carl Edwards Jr, RHP (possibly eligible for Salary Arbitration post-2019 - TBD)
Oscar de la Cruz, RHP
Ian Happ, IF-OF (possible "Super Two" post-2019 - TBD)
Dillon Maples, RHP
Alec Mills, RHP
James Norwood, RHP
Randy Rosario, LHP
Kyle Ryan, LHP (possible "Super Two" post-2019 - TBD)
Justin Steele, LHP 
Duane Underwood Jr, RHP
Allen Webster, RHP
Rowan Wick, RHP
Mark Zagunis, OF

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  • bob costas and john smoltz sang the 7th...neet.

    never forget this legendary costas moment...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqLxzOWW_M8

    crunch 9 min 1 sec ago view
  • he played 2nd (not that well) when he first came up when maddon wasn't busy trying to make lineup space for jonathan herrera.

    it's one of those things where baez is more talented, but that talent allows him to play 2nd as well as SS while russell excells at SS compared to his play at 2nd.

    that said, if they decide baez is in a groove they might shift russell to 2nd anyway... *shrug*

    crunch 42 min 13 sec ago view
  • n.hoerner took one off the wrist and was removed from the smokies game.  boo.

    also, cory abbott had another good outing.

    crunch 58 min 1 sec ago view
  • I was thinking the same thing.  Has Addy taken any reps at 2nd? 

    Sonicwind75 59 min 35 sec ago view
  • No way in hell should they move Baez off of shortstop when Russell in back.

    Hagsag 1 hour 13 min ago view
  • rizzo did a good baseball thing.  hopefully more of that will follow.  HR #195 career.

    maeda kinda sucks tonight.  he picked a great night for it.

    crunch 1 hour 35 min ago view
  • Thanks PHIL!

    A killer ASS.

    Jake Stinnett on the Cubs radar anymore?

    The E-Man 1 hour 56 min ago view
  • crowd is heavily sparce for a LAD/CHC night game except for the bleachers...even if it is a cold april night.

    crunch 2 hours 20 min ago view
  • David Bote to the Paternity Leave List and LHP Randy Rosario is recalled from Iowa, so the Cubs will apparently go with a nine-man bullpen and a three-man bench while Bote is absent. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 44 min ago view
  • Crying poor is more acceptable than honesty, if honesty would note a "gentleman's agreement" between the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, and Red Sox to not go over the spending limits.

    In the highly unlikely case that's in play.

    tim815 9 hours 15 min ago view
  • I agree that for only 3 games, taking into consideration option years and 40-man roster makes complete sense.  Guess I'm still a little peeved about the Ricketts crying poor when they more than likely have a lamp not being used that costs more than $25k. 

    Sonicwind75 10 hours 10 min ago view
  • VA PHIL: It's not better to be a cheetah if you end up with a suspension that keeps you off the savannah for 80 games.  

    Arizona Phil 11 hours 54 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 12 hours 24 min ago view
  • As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!

    Charlie 12 hours 33 min ago view
  • "Best comp is a juvenile Thomson's Gazelle on the African savannah."

    It's better to be the cheetah in that scenario.

    VirginiaPhil 12 hours 53 min ago view
  • Thanks, Phil.

    K Dub 17 hours 2 min ago view