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.

2022 PRE-ARBITRATION (AUTO-RENEWAL) PLAYERS: (last updated 5-22-2022)
Adbert Alzolay, RHP
Miguel Amaya, C
Alexander Canario, OF 
Scott Effross, RHP
Anderson Espinoza, RHP 
Codi Heuer, RHP 
P. J. Higgins, C-INF
Nico Hoerner, INF
Mark Leiter Jr, RHP 
Nick Madrigal, INF  
Brailyn Marquez, LHP
Conner Menez, LHP 
Alec Mills, RHP
Christopher Morel, INF
Rafael Ortega, OF
Alfonso Rivas, 1B-OF
Ethan Roberts, RHP 
Manuel Rodriguez, RHP
Michael Rucker, RHP 
Frank Schwindel, 1B 
Justin Steele, LHP
Keegan Thompson, RHP
Nelson Velazquez, OF
Alexander Vizcaino, RHP 
Rowan Wick, RHP 
Brad Wieck, LHP
Patrick Wisdom, 1NF

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  • Childersb3 5 hours 8 min ago (view)


    I apologize for not being knowledgable enough to find this answer on my own, but when is the earliest date that Alec Mills can come off the 60 day IL? I know he can have a long rehab as well, so my second question is what is his latest date he could come off the 60IL? So, what's his return date range? I trying to figure out if it's even 40man roster possible/plausible for Kilian to get added to 40 to pitch next Monday vs Brewers.

    Any help here would be greatly appreciated!


  • Cubster 6 hours 8 min ago (view)

    KB is back on the IL with exacerbation of the same low back injury. Sigh. 


  • DavidP 17 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Phil - it is obvious that Christian Hernandez is tearing things up, and altuve and Balistros look promising, but has there been any others that have surprised you among the pitchers or the rest of the offense down there?


  • crunch 19 hours 34 min ago (view)

    this reds team is so hopelessly terrible they have mahle out there in the 5th with 100+ pitches, 6 runs given up, and no outs yet.

    ...and he's done with 103 pitches, leaving with 0 outs and men on 1st/2nd


  • crunch 19 hours 44 min ago (view)


    i was looking forward to the hoerner/madrigal "hoes mad" middle IF.


  • Cubster 20 hours 12 min ago (view)



  • crunch 20 hours 52 min ago (view)

    "nice first inning." - cubster

    "yeah, okay, whatever.  hold my beer." - stroman


  • Cubster 21 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Nice first inning. Gomes out with oblique strain, Schwindel is today's backup catcher.


  • crunch 21 hours 18 min ago (view)

    small sample size blah blah etc...

    watching morel is like flashing back to 2016-era cubs and their joy + aggression on the field.  he would have fit in well with that cubs era.


  • crunch 21 hours 22 min ago (view)

    pre-game lineup shakeup...yan gomes scratched (left oblique tightness) and lineup rearranged.

    morel leading off, ortega moves to hitting 2nd, and schwindel 5th


  • crunch 23 hours 41 min ago (view)

    may 24th...

    our leadoff hitter has a .315 ob% and the #2 hitter is sporting a solid .262 ob%

    121 games to go.

    season ends with 6 in a row vs CIN.  i dunno if anything in the dumpster will be left to keep a flame going.  sad thing is by that point it may actually be better quality baseball.


  • Hagsag 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Phil, does Rafael Morel have some potential to join his big brother?


  • tim815 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    You answered your own question. Trades create promotions. Other things might not.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Like the ACL, the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day will be June 6th, and also like the ACL, the DSL regular season concludes on August 23. All DSL games will be played in the morning. The Cubs will once again be running two teams (Red and Blue), with a maximum of 35 players on each squad. DSL games will be played Monday through Saturday with Sundays off, and a few Wednesdays will be off days as well. 60 games total in DSL (ACL teams play 55, because they have all Wednesdays off). 


  • K Dub 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil is not only an intrepid reporter who will allow nothing to stop his coverage of Cubs complex baseball, but he's also a reknown wordsmith. In his lastest article, Phil employed 10 different ways to describe the impact of bat to ball while repeating nary a one. 

    In order: blasted, drilled, blooped, belted, hammered, crushed, roped, laced, slugged and ripped. 

    Good work outta you, young man. Your English teachers would be proud.


  • JoePepitone 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Only five more wins to tie, six to blow past Kenny.