Cubs MLB Roster

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40-Man Roster Info

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus two players are on the 60-DAY IL

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus seven players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and seven players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-21-2024

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PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 7
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 7
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
* Drew Smyly, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

When the Skies of November Turn Gloomy

At 9 AM (Eastern) on Thursday 11/2 (the day after the final game of the 2023 World Series), 3B-1B Jeimer Candelario, RHP Tyler Duffey, and RHP Shane Greene will be automatically declared Article XX-B MLB free agents and will be removed from the Cubs MLB 40-man roster. They do not have to file. It is automatic. At that same time, RHP Michael Fulmer will be reinstated from the MLB 60-day IL and will be declared an Article XX-B MLB free-agent. 

The other six potential Cubs Article XX-B free-agents will be declared free-agents if and when the club option is declined (Hendricks and Gomes), the mutual option is declined by either party (Bellinger and Boxberger), or if the player opts-out (Smyly and Stroman). These decisions must be made no later than 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the 2023 World Series (Monday 11/6). 

5 PM (Eastern) on Monday 11/6 will also be the deadline to reinstate players from the MLB 60-day IL and minor league players from a minor league 60-day IL. If a club does not reinstate the player from the 60- day IL by that time, it is done automatically by the MLB Commissioner. Michael Fulmer will be automatically reinstated from the 60-day IL when he is declared an Article XX-B MLB FA on 11/2, but the other five Cubs on the MLB 60-day IL (RHP Nick Burdi, RHP Codi Heuer, LHP Brandon Hughes, INF Nick Madrigal, and RHP Ethan Roberts) must be reinstated and added back to the MLB 40-man roster by 5 PM (Eastern) on 11/6, unless the player is released, traded, outrighted to the minors, or Designated for Assignment prior to the deadline.  

In addition, 5 PM (Eastern) on 11/6 is the point in time when all unsigned players eligible to be an MLB Rule 9 minor league free-agent (second contract or 6YFA) will be automatically declared a free-agent if the player has not been selected to an MLB 40-man roster or has signed a 2024 minor league successor contract by that time. Again, players do NOT need to file for this type of minor league free-agency. It is automatic. Notable Cubs minor leaguers eligible to be minor league free agents on 11/6 are OF Yonathan Perlaza, and SS Luis Vazquez, both of whom are legit MLB prospects. 

Clubs also must decide by 5 PM (Eastern) on 11/6 whether to extend a Qualifying Offer (likely to be about $20M) to any of its Article XX-B free-agents eligible to receive one. (Players extended a QO will have until 11/15 to accept or decline). Cody Bellinger is a lock to receive a QO, and then he will certainly decline (thus providing the Cubs with a 2024 comp draft pick between the 2nd & 3rd rounds if Bellinger signs elsewhere). If he opts-out. Marcus Stroman is not eligible to receive a QO, because he received one previously in his career. 

11/14 is the date when clubs must file off-season reserve lists with the MLB Commissioner. The Rule 5 Draft 38-man AAA rosters will be established at this time. (The reserve list filing date used to be 11/20, but it was moved up beginning in 2022). Rule 5 Draft-eligible players on a club's AAA reserve list can only be selected in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft ($100,000 draft price with the possibility that the player could be re-claimed later for $50,000), while Rule 5 Draft-eligible players not placed on a club';s AAA reserve list can be selected in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft for $24,000 with no right to re-claim. (Because the Cubs farm system is so deep, they could end up losing some fairly decent minor leaguers in the AAA Phase this year). 

Rule 5 Draft-eligible players on minor league reserve lists cannot be traded, selected to an MLB 40-man roster, or added to or removed from the organization's AAA reserve list beginning when the reserve lists are filed and extending through the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft in December. A free-agent who signs a minor league contract or a player who is outrighted off an MLB 40-man roster can, however, be added to the AAA reserve list during this period of time. 

Besides minor league free agent eligibles Luis Vazquez and Yonathan Perlaza, Cubs Rule 5 Draft-eligible minor leaguers most likely to be added to the MLB 40-man roster by 11/14 are C Pablo Aliendo, LHRP Bailey Horn, and RHSP Michael Arias, although conceivably the Cubs might not add any of them to the 40 and just take a chance that they won't get selected (or if any of them are selected, that the Cubs could eventually re-claim the player, as happened with RHP Chris Clarke a year ago).  

Friday 11/17 will be this year's MLB contract tender day. (It used to be December 2nd, but it was permanently moved up to the Friday prior to Thanksgiving last year). Unsigned players on an MLB 40-man roster will be automatically declared a free-agent (and the player's club receives no compensation) if the player is not tendered a contract on that date. A non-tender is the one way to remove a player from an MLB 40-man roster without risking a waiver claim. 

Although a player becomes a free-agent after being non-tendered, nothing precludes a club from re-signing a player to either an MLB or minor league contract after he is non-tendered. Sometimes a club believes it will need a player's 40-man roster slot for an MLB free-agent sometime during the off-season and a pre-emptive non-tender in mid-November is the best method to open up the slot since there is no risk of losing the player off waivers.

Cubs likely non-tender candidates are Nick Burdi, Codi Heuer, Brandon Hughes, and Ethan Roberts (all of whom the Cubs would certainly hope to re-sign to a 2024 minor league contract for "big league money" and with an NRI to MLB Spring Training), with Mark Leiter Jr, Nick Madrigal, Mike Tauchman, and/or Patrick Wisdom possible non-tender (or trade) candidates mainly because they are salary-arbitration eligible, and clubs hate salary arbitration. (Justin Steele, Adbert Alzolay, and Julian Merryweather are also salary arbitration eligible, but they are in no danger of being non-tendered). 

Comments

j.triantos is still absolutely destroying AFL...reminder, he's one of the youngest guys there...

90 PA...  .427/.511/.720

3 doubles, 3 homers, 5 triples, 8sb/1cs...mostly playing 2nd/CF

RHP Jeremiah Estrada and INF-OF Jared Young have been sent outright to AAA Iowa, and RHP Nick Burdi has been reinstated from the 60-day IL and has been sent outright to AAA Iowa. 

Burdi and Young both have the right to elect free-agency if outrighted (Burdi has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time and Young has been outrighted previously in his career), but even if they do not elect free-agency they will both be automatically declared MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA at 5 PM (Eaatern) on Monday unless the player signs a 2024 minor league successor contract in the meantime. 

While Estrada does not have the right to elect free-agency after being outrighted, he will be declared an MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA on at 5 PM (Eastern) on Monday if he does not sign a 2024 minor league successor contract in the meantime. 

By removing Estrada and Young from the MLB 40-man roster, there will be room on the 40 for both SS Luis Vazquez and OF Yonathan Perlaza if the Cubs wish to add one or both of them to the 40 prior to the 5 PM (Eastern) deadline on Monday, and that's even after the remaining players on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL (Heuer, Hughes, Madrigal, and Roberts) are reinstated. 

(As expected) Cody Bellinger has declined his 2024 player option so the $25M mutual option is negated and Bellinger gets a $5M severance, and the Cubs have declined Brad Boxberger's $5M 2024 club option so the mutual option is negated and Boxberger gets a $800K buy-out, so both players are now Article XX-B free-agents. 

Still no word yet on the Kyle Hendricks $16M club option, the Marcus Stroman $21M player option opt-out ($23.67M AAV), the Drew Smyly $10.5M player option opt-out ($10.25M AAV), or the $6M Yan Gomes club option. 

The deadline for options to be exercised or declined and the deadline for clubs to offer an Article XX-B FA a QO is 5 PM (Eastern) on Monday. 

Obviously Bellinger will get a QO (so that the Cubs will get a 2024 comp draft pick if he signs elsewhere), but since the QO Is $20.325M and he has already declined a $25M salary for 2024, Bellinger will absolutely positively decline the QO.  

So there are now 33 players on the Cubs 40-man roster with four players (Heuer, Hughes, Madrigal, and Roberts) still on the MLB 60-day IL who will need to be reinstated (or traded, outrighted, released, or Designated for Assignment) by 5 PM (Eastern) on Monday, so there will be at least three slots open going forward (even more if the Hendricks and/or Gomes club options are declined, and/or if Stroman and/or Smyly opt-out). 
 

A couple of other things that happen starting at 5 PM (Eastern) on Monday:

1. Most Injured players (and players rehabbing from an injury) can be sent outright to the minors only during a window that opens on the day after the final game of the MLB regular season up until 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series. The exception to this rule is any player on an MLB 40-man roster who did not accrue any MLB Service Time the previous season, is not a Rule 5 Selected Player, and is not a Draft-Excluded player can be sent outright to the minors up until 15 days prior to MLB Opening Day (player can also be optioned tp the minors beginning on the first official day of Spring Training up until 15 days prior to MLB Opening Day). The only three players presently on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster with this exemption are Kevin Alcantara, Ben Brown, and Brennen Davis. Otherwise, in order to remove an injured player (or a player rehabbing from an injury) from an MLB 40-man roster after 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series, the player would have to be either non-tendered on 11/18, released, or traded.     

2. A unsigned player on an MLB 40-man roster who does not have the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted and who would have been declared an MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA or second-contract FA if he had been on a minor league reserve list at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series cannot be sent outright to the minors beginning at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series up until the player has signed a contract for the next season or has had his contract automatically renewed by the club (and unilateral auto-renewals cannot happen until March 1st). Players presently on the Cubs 40-man roster in this class are Miguel Amaya, Javier Assad, Alexander Canario, Jose Cuas, Miles Mastrobuoni, Christopher Morel, and Keegan Thompson. So if the Cubs need a 40-man roster slot sometime during the off-season and one these players is the one the Cubs want to drop from the 40 but the player has not signed his 2024 contract, the Cubs would have to either release the player or trade him. (Jeremiah Estrada was in this class, too, which is why the Cubs had to outright him prior to the 5 PM deadline on Monday and then hope that he would agree to a 2024 minor league successor contract). 

hoerner, swanson, and happ win GG.

david peralta (LF, LAD) got straight up robbed.  hoerner is arguably not the best 2nd from this past season (Kim, SD arguably better), but it's close enough to not complain.  the distance between peralta and happ, though...noticeable.

c.counsell is supposedly leaving MIL for a job with a team that already has a manager, not one of the open positions.  that's...something unexpected.  i wonder how he interviewed under the radar for a team that wasn't publicly looking a new manager.

i got my bet on the yanks because having counsell in town for a mets interview would be decent cover.

it's no secret i'm not a fan of d.ross's lineup management, his love of contact-heavy bench pinch hitting regardless of their lack of power or situation, and his too-short leash on starters leading into a "meh" pen...but i didn't have a new high-end manager on my radar.

the cubs will pay ross + counsell in 2024 before ross's pay comes off the books...no idea what ross is being paid for 2024...

Thank you Crunch.  I was mostly being funny.  No one cares about Smyly right now.  No one is wondering what minor league free agents are going to be added to the roster.  Those were things I was thinking about when I got up this morning, but no more.  It’s all Counsell now.  

But I still hate that Jared Young is going to the Cards.  Hate that.  It would have been better if he had been selected by the Brewers.  Then we could call it a trade.

The Cubs just brought back John Mallee who was in Iowa last year. I wonder what impact this will have on the coaching staff. 

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  • Childersb3 (view)

    So the Cubs have some teams coming up that are .500 +/-  a little.
    We hope the bats come alive. 
    STL is playing better. MIL is leading the division. PITT's SP is an issue for all opponents. SF is playing okay. 
    If the Cubs are truly a better than average team, they'll win more of this games than they lose.

    But, here's what I'm hoping: I liked the way PCA finished his stint in Wrigley. He seemed to start slowing down. I think he'll force Jed to bring him up and get regular ABs.
    If Busch doesn't turn this around the next two weeks, I think PCA coming back up becomes necessary. A month long slump happens to good hitters. No doubt there. But when it starts getting close to two months...concern is understated.
    PCA in CF, Tauch/Happ/Seiya in LF & RF, Tauch/Wisdom at DH and Belli at 1B.
    I know Jed won't rush PCA back (or rush ONCK up), but I think PCA forces him to do it and soon.
    Even if Busch starts to come back around, I think PCA can still come back as well.
    Vazquez goes back down, Nico is backup SS, and PCA gets to play.

    Also, Little needs to stay up in Chicago. Cuas & Hodge will go down. Smyly-Brewer-Almonte all have to come back or Jed loses them. Palencia and Wicks can go down. Reads like Alzolay will be out quite a while. No word really on Keegan, but he can go down as well.
    We all know the real issue is Hendricks and his 16.5mil. I wonder when he hits 10&5 rights in the coming days if there's a MLB pension bump at that point for him. I'm not certain at all.
    But, Kyle doesn't have anything left to offer. Just pay him and ask him to retire. No other team is taking him now (even if Jed flips the bill). He won a ring. All things come to end.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Agreed. No starters on that roster you would want to sniff the majors. Kyle McGowin has big league experience and has done well for the Smokies. He could be considered in an extreme emergency. Matthew Thompson has been doing well for Tennessee too but he shows long term promise and needs to be developed conventionally. 

    If one wanted to stick with Iowa the next guy up would be (reluctantly) Horton and then <gasp!> Pannone!

  • crunch (view)

    luckily the team isn't running low on MLB-ready SP...what's in AAA isn't ready for the big time yet (c.horton) or trash (literally everyone else).

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Teheran has been in the same neighborhood. I doubt either were ever intended to be more than minor league depth.

  • crunch (view)

    d.straily has give up 4 homers in 2.1ip for iowa.  his ERA is in the 7's and his WHIP is close to 2.

    it's not going well for him.

  • crunch (view)

    this COL/OAK game crazy fun...needed this after yet another poor showing cubs loss.

  • Eric S (view)

    Shutout by the Braves in three of the six game series. Cubs fortunate to get two wins. Cubs offense in need of a collective viagra-voodoo cocktail, stat!

  • crunch (view)

    he gets a 2nd inning...leadoff single on the 1st pitch.

    2ip 4h 1bb 1k, 2r/er

  • crunch (view)

    1ip 2h 1bb 1k, 2r/er...one of the outs was a popout about as close to the ivy as you can get without being in the ivy.

    not encouraging.  he may or may not get another inning.  he probably shouldn't have gotten that inning in a 1-0 game, but with the way the cubs bats are going it may not even matter.

  • crunch (view)

    it's sad watching hendricks come out the pen...even more sad giving up a single to his 1st batter and walking the 2nd batter.