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 2022 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.

Adbert Alzolay, RHP
Miguel Amaya, C
Javier Assad, RHP 
Alexander Canario, OF 
Narciso Crook, OF 
Anderson Espinoza, RHP 
Jeremiah Estrada, RHP 
P. J. Higgins, C-INF
Caleb Kilian, RHP
Mark Leiter Jr, RHP 
Brailyn Marquez, LHP
Christopher Morel, INF
Esteban Quiroz, INF 
Alfonso Rivas, 1B-OF
Ethan Roberts, RHP 
Manuel Rodriguez, RHP
Michael Rucker, RHP 
Adrian Sampson (could be arbitration eligible as a "Super Two" - TBD)
Justin Steele, LHP
Keegan Thompson, RHP
Erich Uelmen, RHP 
Nelson Velazquez, OF
Alexander Vizcaino, RHP 
Hayden Wesneski, RHP 
Patrick Wisdom, 1NF
Jared Young, INF-OF 

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  • crunch 7 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Jordan Bastian @MLBastian
    After the Cubs came out to salute the fans, Willson Contreras remained on the field for several minutes to soak it in and wave to the crowd.


  • crunch 11 hours 42 min ago (view)

    pinch runner for contreras in the 8th...leaves to a standing O.


  • crunch 13 hours 49 min ago (view)

    chase anderson makes it 0.1ip, leaves with the bases loaded and cubs up by 3.

    some lazy fundamentals on defense and lack of making plays are to blame as much as anderson's poor control (3 walks, 1hbp).


  • crunch 13 hours 56 min ago (view)

    my god, the reds should be embarrased they exist.  we've seen them play a lot of terrible baseball this year vs the cubs.

    their owner has already hinted next year will not have any notable investment, too. fans are really sour on their ownership group.


  • crunch 14 hours 6 min ago (view)

    ...and a HBP.  legend.

    24th of the year.


  • crunch 14 hours 8 min ago (view)

    huge standing O for contreras.  "might be last home game version 3.0"


  • George Altman 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    If you run these projected FA salaries:

    Bogaerts or Turner -- $33-35m

    Josh Bell -- $18-20m

    Rodon  -- $25m

    Senga  -- $18-20m

    With Gomes, Hoerner, Madrigal, Happ, B. Davis, Suzuki, Mervis (DH) -- Stroman, Steele, K. Thompson, Wesneski, this team would fit under the CBT and compete for the Division. 

    That's absorbing Heyward, Hendricks, Bote salaries (if they can't trade Hendricks).

    If I was Hoyer, that's what I would do. By end of 2023 or early 2024, they could have PCA, Amaya, Wicks and Brown ready for MLB Roles.


  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    100% true, verified, and certified.


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    thanks for filling in that info.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Both Nick Hull and Grant Kipp are polished college seniors and should be more than ready for South Bend in 2023. Whether their stuff will be good enough to get AA hitters out once they get there is another matter entirely (TBD). 

    Both Hull and Kipp throw a high percentage of strikes (both over 75%). Hull FB 90-93, SL 82-85, and CV 78. Kipp FB  88-92, CH 80-81, SL 81-82,  CV 77-79.


  • Jackstraw 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Things more common than discussions about Cubs excess competent SPs:

    Loch Ness Monster sightings

    Bulls dominant Centers

    Yeti footprints

    Great Bears QBs

    Verifiable Bigfoot on crutches photos.


    Things as common as discussions about Cubs excess competent SPs:

    Great White Sox managers


  • Jackstraw 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    In my limited viewing/keeping track via ESPN Gamecast my take is all of Assad, Thompson, and Sampson have all pitched like young players with potential....when they are "on" and have good stuff working they look very competitive but struggle mightily and flat out suck when they don't.  I think Thompson is a step ahead of the other two in that regard, with Steele a level better...either he has bad stuff more rarely or has figured out how to compete with B or C game better.  Don't know about Wesneski since I don't know if he's had a bad start yet.  Next step is how do they all adjust to the a


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  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    hoyer in the booth in the 4th inning for interview...saturday game.


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    given the dumpster fire we've been watching the past 2 years, i'm glad this coversation about excess SP can even happen.

    the bats situation should be interesting.  some upgrade opportunities would displace in-house talent.  that could lead to trade opportunities.  it's hard to tell where the team will go in that direction.

    for those that aim for the moon, aaron judge turned down a 7y/210m+ extension from the yanks before the season began...before...