Cubs MLB Roster

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40-Man Roster Info

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

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, nine players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, three players are on the 15-DAY IL, and two players are on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-15-2024
 
* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch 
Garrett Cooper
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson

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

OPTIONED: 9 
Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 2 
Seiya Suzuki, OF
Patrick Wisdom, INF 

15-DAY IL: 3
Julian Merryweather, P
* Justin Steele, P  
Jameson Taillon, P 

60-DAY IL: 1 
Caleb Kilian, P 
 





Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

2024 Cubs Spring Training

3/25 UPDATE

The Cubs have optioned RHP Hayden Wesneski and OF Alexander Canario to AAA Iowa, C Joe Hudson has been assigned to Minor League Camp, and C Jorge Alfaro has elected free-agency (he had a contractual opt-out).  

So there are now 30 players ACTIVE at Cubs MLB Spring Training (28 on MLB Reserve List and two NRI). 


3/24 UPDATE

RHP Carl Edwards Jr and 1B Dominic Smith have elected free-agency (Edwards had an automatic Article XX-B opt-out, and D. Smith had a contractual opt-out). 


3/22 UPDATE

The Cubs have assigned LHP Edwin Escobar to Minor League Camp. 

So there are now 36 players ACTIVE at Cubs MLB Spring Training (30 on MLB Reserve List and 6 NRI). 


3/21 UPDATE

The Cubs have optioned RHP Daniel Palencia to AAA Iowa. 

Also, RHP Colten Brewer, LHP Richard Lovelady, LHP Thomas Pannone, and INF David Bote have been assigned to Minor League Camp.  

So there are now 37 players ACTIVE at Cubs MLB Spring Training (30 on MLB Reserve List and 7 NRI). 


3/17 UPDATE:

The Cubs have optioned RHP Keegan Thompson and 1B Matt Mervis to AAA Iowa. 

Also, RHP Cam Sanders, C-INF Bryce Windham, and INF Chase Strumpf have been assigned to Minor League Camp. 
 
So there are now 42 players ACTIVE at Cubs MLB Spring Training (31 on MLB Reserve List and 11 NRI). 


3/9 UPDATE

RHP Chris Clarke, RHP Sam McWilliams, and LHP Brad Wieck have been assigned to Minor League Camp.

So there are now 47 players ACTIVE at Cubs MLB Spring Training (33 on MLB Reserve List and 14 NRI). 


3/8 UPDATE

The Cubs have optioned RHP Ben Brown, OF Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF Brennen Davis, and INF Luis Vazquez to AAA Iowa, and OF Kevin Alcantara, RHP Michael Arias, and RHP Porter Hodge to AA Tennessee.  

Also, NRI RHP Ethan Roberts, RHP Riley Thompson, C Pablo Aliendo, 1B-C Haydn McGeary, INF Matt Shaw, and OF Owen Caissie have been assigned to Minor League Camp. 
 
So there are now 50 players ACTIVE at Cubs MLB SPRING TRAINING (33 on MLB Reserve List and 17 NRI)


3/1 UPDATE:

The Cubs have added 1B-OF Garrett Cooper (# 41) to their MLB Spring Training roster as a Non-Roster Invitee (NRI). 


2/27 UPDATE:

The Cubs have signed free agent OF-1B Cody Bellinger (# 24) to an MLB contract, and the Cubs have traded LHP Bailey Horn (# 92) to the Chicago White Sox. Also, the Cubs have added OF David Peralta (# 6)  and 1B-OF Dominic Smith (# 12) to their MLB Spring Training roster as Non-Roster Invitees (NRI).


2/23 UPDATE:

The Cubs have added minor league C-1B Haydn McGeary (# 70) as an NRI to MLB Spring Training. He is catching "live" BP and bullpen sides.

Also, Miguel Amaya has switched from # 6 to # 9 (presumably so that David Peralta can wear # 6) and Carl Edwards Jr has switched from # 79 to # 58.


2024 CUBS SPRING TRAINING ROSTER: (last updated 3/25)

30 players

28 players on MLB roster
two players are Non-Roster Invitee - NRI

* bats or throws left
# bats both

MLB ROSTER PITCHERS: 15
25 Yency Almonte
73 Adbert Alzolay
72 Javier Assad
74 Jose Cuas
28 Kyle Hendricks
18 Shoto Imanaga *
45 Caleb Kilian
38 Mark Leiter Jr
43 Luke Little *
66 Julian Merryweather
51 Hector Neris
11 Drew Smyly *
35 Justin Steele *
50 James Taillon
36 Jordan Wicks *

MLB CATCHERS: 2
9 Miguel Amaya
15 Yan Gomes

MLB INFIELDERS: 7
29 Michael Busch *
2 Nico Hoerner
1 Nick Madrigal
20 Miles Mastrobuoni *
5 Christopher Morel
7 Dansby Swanson
16 Patrick Wisdom

NON-ROSTER INFIELDERS: 1
41 Garrett Cooper

MLB OUTFIELDERS: 4
24 Cody Bellinger *
8 Ian Happ #
27 Seiya Suzuki
40 Mike Tauchman * 

NON-ROSTER OUTFIELDERS: 1
6 David Peralta * 

MANAGER 
30 Craig Counsell

COACHES
96 James Adduci (Assistant Hitting Coach - Game Planning)
63 Juan Cabreja (Assistant Hitting Coach - BP Coordinator)
84 Ryan Flaherty (Bench Coach)
33 Willie Harris (3rd base coach)
79 Darren Holmes (Bullpen Coach)
68 Tommy Hottovy (Pitching Coach)
99 Danny Hultzen (Pitching Strategist)
76 Dustin Kelly (Hitting Coach)
80 John Mallee (Assistant Hitting Coach)
90 Jonathan Mota (Assistant Bullpen Coach)
53 Daniel Moskos (Assistant Pitching Coach)
55 Mike Napoli (1st Base Coach)
97 Alex Smith (Data Development & Process Coach)
81 Mark Strittmatter (MLB Field Coordinator)

OTHER:
85 Garrett Lloyd (Bullpen Catcher)

NUMBERS NOT CURRENTLY ISSUED: (as of 2/29)
3 (last worn by David Ross)
17 (last worn by Kris Bryant)
34 (last worn by John Lester)
37 (last worn by Dom Nunez - ST 2023)
44 (last worn by Anthony Rizzo)
47 (last worn by Brandon Hughes)
56 (last worn by Jeremiah Estrada)
59 (last worn by Michael Rucker)
60 (last worn by Sergio Alcantara - ST 2023)
61 (last worn by Brailyn Marquez - ST 2023)
64 (last worn by Jordan Holloway - ST 2023)
65 (last worn by Tyler Duffey)
69 (Cubs do not issue this number)
92 (last worn by Bailey Horn prior to being traded on 2/27)


RETIRED NUMBERS:
10 Ron Santo
14 Ernie Banks
23 Ryne Sandberg
26 Billy Williams
31 Ferguson Jenkins & Greg Maddux
42 Jackie Robinson

Comments

Justin Steele @J_Steele21
I watched Shōta Imanaga throw a bullpen today.. I’m on eBay now looking for cards. Guy is filthy.
2:37 PM · Feb 8, 2024

RHP Craig Brooks (Cubs 2015 7th round draft pick - Catawba College) has officially retired. He was placed on the Restricted List in 2021 after failing to report to Minor League Camp. 

Also, the Cubs have signed NDFA 22-year old RHP JC Coronado (Cisco CC) to a minor league contract. Coronado pitched in indy ball off & on over the past two or three years. He has been placed on the Cubs Domestic Reserve List and has been assigned to the ACL Cubs roster. 

So the Cubs 175-man off-season Domestic Reserve List now has 156 players on it (19 slots are open). Note that although the minor league DRL roster limit is presently 175, the limit will be 165 as of minor league opening day and will remain at 165 until 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the 2024 World Series, at which point it will go back up to 175 again. 

mid-FEB and there's 2 big FA bats still out there.  matt chapman and bellinger...

the QO's hanging over both guys (along with price demands) isn't helping either of them.

the interesting thing to me is, while the cubs have expressed positive things about PCA and tauchman they've not stated "these are the guys, we're going with them" or similar.

bellinger 3/75 with an opt-out after seasons 1 and 2...maybe 4/100?  or will someone blink and hand the guy the 200m-ish deal he's looking?

or will the cubs trade away everyone with a contract away, sell the naming rights of Wrigley Field to the presidential campaign of RFK Jr, and buy a few more Wrigleyville properties?

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In reply to by crunch

CRUNCH: He might be only a DH, but I would say J. D. Martinez is the third FA "big bat" still available, and of course JDM is (like Bellinger, Chapman, Snell, and Montgomery) a Boras client. 

And as I have mentioned here previously, look for Boras to establish his own Spring Training Camp (probably in Arizona) sometime in the near-future for his many unsigned clients (Bellinger, Chapman, J. D. Martinez, Snell, Montgomery, Hyun Jin Ryu, Elvis Andrus, and Julio Urias).

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

we're entering an era of free agent turmoil between teams and players/agents.

owners really want to force a signing deadline period in december/janurary, and they're pushing hard for one around winter meetings in december.  the players are aggressively against this and i can't imagine it would happen without some serious concessions...and probably more like janurary than december.

in the meantime, spring training camps might be part of the immediate future.

that whole "sit out til mid-season" threat that was a thing for a little while seems to be a less popular option.

I think that 3 / 75 is somewhere close to where Hoyer's trigger point might be.  They offered 25 million for one year, and the two additional years probably wouldn't scare the Cubs off.  I think that a higher salary or longer term would definately make it difficult for the Cubs to agree, given the state of their farm system, especially with outfielders.

but if I were bellinger, I would get it done quickly.  If Crow-Armstrong manages to convince the Cubs staff that he can be their CF this year, 3 / 75 for a first baseman doesn''t look so attractive.

With teams like the Rangers (cashed out), the Blue Jays (would need to subtract before adding) and the Phillies (Merrifield) likely off the buyers list, Jed’s strategy of waiting out the market may just work

Meghan Montemurro @M_Montemurro

At the start of Cubs camp, the plan is for Christopher Morel to focus mainly at 3B, Craig Counsell said today.

Counsell wants to give Morel a chance at 3B and provide him some defensive consistency then see where the roster is at some point in spring and go from there.

Jesse Rogers @JesseRogersESPN
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts on free agent Cody Bellinger: “There’s been some discussions but it hasn’t become a negotiation yet.”

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In reply to by crunch

followup article...

“We’re just waiting,” Ricketts said. “Waiting for whenever he and his agent are going to engage. It could be any time now or it could be a few weeks. We’ll see where it goes.” Ricketts continued: “Until they are ready to negotiate, there’s not much we can do. We just have to wait for when it gets serious before talking about what the end money amounts are.”

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In reply to by crunch

Maybe I'm reading too much into it but this quote from Ricketts sounds like CBT threshold is a defacto cap.



"We're right there at CBT (Competitive Balance Tax) levels," he said. "It's kind of our natural place for us. That should be enough to win our division and be consistent every year."

 

Unless the farm systems really churns out some high impact players; sounds like assembling a team where the 80th percentile outcome is competing for a Wild Card spot is the Cubs foreseeable future.   

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In reply to by Sonicwind75

He's not wrong thatreaching the CBT give or take a few million every year should be good enough to win thr NL Central most years because you'd be significantly outspending your division. But it's also the job of the ownership and front office to make it be good enough in reality. We'll see. Signing Bellinger would probably push the Cubs to division favorites by a small margin.

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In reply to by Charlie

But the point of the CBT wasn’t a hard cap. The point was it levels the playing field that big money teams pay a fee to get the best current players and the lower market teams can use those fees paid to them to really maximize the talent they can build. By operating with that as a hard cap, the financial advantage is being thrown away.

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In reply to by Craig A.

i'm still shocked the owners/players agreed to threshold "tax."  the owners would love a cap, but the players are dead set on that never happening.

as it stands the penalty is a "tax" on NYC and LA teams, and BOS since they choose to blow through it so much.

going 20-40m over the cap isn't destructive to the teams, even with multipliers.  DET and SF has done this multiple times.  the times the cubs did it didn't hurt any future endeavors...such as buying up Wrigleyville property or Nebraska politicians.

That is true.  Unless the farm system produces a very solid foundation, the Cubs (and pretty much most top revenue teams), are going to have to go through periods of good and bad teams.  Hopefully, they will have enough patience to let the development continue.

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In reply to by Bill

they don't "have to" go through pretending chicago is a mid-market team.  they choose to.

what happens when SD, or BOS, or PHI (etc etc) bites off too much?  they trade their mistake and eat a bit of the cost.

...and they don't spend the following 3+ years rebuilding after the pivot.

this is the main point that kills me.  it's not punting, it's year after year after year of punting.  the savings from the mid-season trades of talent in those punt years...putting that into the following season budget...hahahaha, no.

this team was 1-2 wins from the playoffs last year and didn't get to trade away their attempted-punt talent.  it even cost them prospects to fall 1-2 games short.  this is putting the pedal to the metal with the emergency brake fully engaged.

in what universe and timeline do the 2024 cubs need david f'n peralta?

Mark Feinsand has clarified it's a minor league deal.  i can live with that going into 2024.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

Dominic Smith is likely ticketed for Extended Spring Training in April to rehab from January hand surgery (hamate), then AAA Iowa once he is ready to roll. He isn't a post-2023 Article XX-B MLB FA like David Peralta so he doesn't get the automatic Opening Day opt-out if he doesn't make the Opening Day MLB 26-man roster, but he very likely has one or more contractual opt outs during the course of the season if he isn't added to the 40 (like Jorge Alfaro likely has). Note that also like Jorge Alfaro, Dominic Smith is an Article XIX-A player (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time) so he cannot be sent to the minors (optioned or outrighted) without his consent if he is added to the 40 at some point in 2024.

Minor league vet deals aren't hugely important. These guys probably won't factor in much to the season.

So, Smith & Peralta shouldn't take away one AB from a young MLB ready top prospect who needs MLB experience. Someone who might do what the DBacks prospects did in 2023.

Right?

Because the Cubs have never tried to rely on aging vets to keep people's hopes up.

Right?

Counsel wouldn't sign on for that, right? Even for all that cash, right?

Ricketts wants more revenue. Aging vets don't provide that. They provide cover for lack of conviction. Conviction in your young guys and your lack of willingness to make bold/significant moves to improve your roster because you might overspend or even be proven wrong in your evaluations.

But, the Cubs would never do anythin like that. I'm simply over reacting to the signing of two old LH hitters on MiLB deals.

Right?

cubs post a "funny meme" about nico + dansby calling themselves "nickle and dimes"

the replies, as expected by everyone but the cubs social media team, heavily lean toward ricketts + jed being upset their nicknames got stolen.

they need to start reading the room before posting.

Chicago radio reports that the Yankees are "going after" Snell and Belli.
They've already made an offer for Snell.
They want Bellinger for CF if Judge's foot isn't right and at 1B if Rizzo starts to fall off.
Verdugo/Stanton in LF
Bellinger/Judge in CF
Soto/Stanton in RF
Rizzo/Bellinger at 1B
Any of them at DH
That means one of those five guys isn't in the lineup every game.
If everyone were healthy, I'd imagine Rizzo would be traded eventually.
Boras' dream scenario right there !!!

Here is an interesting thought about Boras's negotiation strategy:   Going into the off-season, Boras knew MLB GMs were not convinced of Bellinger's success enough to offer a long-term and large AVV contract.  His strategy was to convince the one team that experienced Bellinger's success that a market was there to take away a beloved player and make the Cubs bid against themselves.  So far, that has not worked and Boras has to scramble to not be embarrassed by a contract much lower than promised. 

The question is:   What is a scenario in which Boras and Bellinger look good signing a bad contract?  Until that plays out, I suspect Bellinger could go into the season without being signed. 

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In reply to by videographer

boras is holding onto 4 "top level" FAs and ST games have officially begun.  montgomery, snell, chapman, and bellinger.

there seems to be a bunch of teams not willing to blink, but there also seems to be a slew of teams willing to snap up any of these dudes if the price is right.

at some point it may pivot to front-loaded deals with very early (and probably multiple) opt-outs.

it's still "cubs advantage" on bellinger because there's a QO hanging over him and none of the teams with money are in heavy need of a CF or 1st.

ahhh...spring baseball.  put that shit right in my veins.  

the dodgers are up 8-0 after 2 innings.  joe musgrove pitched to 4 batters and didn't retire any of them...all 4 scored.

cubs tomorrow afternoon.

it looks like rich hill may not find a 2024 contract even though he wanted to pitch in 2024.

being a guy turning 44 during spring training coming off a bad season isn't a good look if you don't have a contract by the time spring games start.

he's played 19 seasons for 13 teams.  his 337.2ip for the cubs is his 2nd highest for any team (361.1ip for the dodgers).  he's the last man standing still playing out of the 2005 cubs crew.  geo soto last played in 2017.

im gonna go ahead...without any evidence pointing to it...and predict bellinger returning to the cubs in 2 days on the 8 year anniversary of dexter fowler's surprise signing.

...and of course the cubs will go on to win the world series months later.

...and the cubs will finally sign brian roberts 3/44m

And right away, the first ball put in play goes to Morel at 3rd, who fields the grounder to his left and pegs out the runner on a good throw to first.

Recent comments

  • Bill (view)

    That pretty well sums up the situation.  Epstein, the media and the fans became obsessed with the concept of a "window of opportunity" that had to be taken advantage of before it closed.  Thus the trade for Quintana, and the trade of Soler for crap.

    The way to deal with a "window of opportunity" is not to sacrifice everything to win, but to extend that window.  Epstein knew that he was having his best players, Rizzo, Baez and Bryant in the same year, with Contreras the following year, at the same time that the pitching staff was growing elderly and on the verge of declining.  A responsible administration would have moved one of the ""core" two years earlier, and a second one the next year, in order to prevent the otherwise necessity of "tanking" when they left at the same time.  they had to know that there was no way they could have all been extended, and still leave room for growth.

    Other than the Dodgers and the Yankees, no team can maintain a consistent level of production without a consistent flow of high ceiling, low cost controlled young players coming up from the farm.  We have lived through the errors of the past, and hopefully have learned enough from them to prevent a reoccurance of it in a few years.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    I think it was pretty clear that practically all of “the core” was going to be gone after the 2021 season and that utterly gutting the farm system to chase a championship with the same guys year after year until they all departed wasn’t going to end well. That was talked about as early as 2017.

    I don’t think it’s hindsight to say they would have been better off from a sustainability standpoint trading some of those pieces for the best prospect packages available and introducing some of the kids. For example, I was hoping real time they would trade Schwarber during the 2016 offseason to an AL team as a DH when the DH was AL only. Fresh off being a WS hero he could have fetched quite a haul. But, alas, he was a member of the vaunted, untouchable “core”.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    What would have surprised me is the Dodgers, who have traditionally been outstanding in evaluating and developing talent, giving away Busch for nothing. They obviously saw something in both of the guys. Perhaps one or both will be future superstars.

    That said, the old cliche is that the level of competition increases ten fold for every level moved up. Ferris and Hope both have a long way to go. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    For now, I’m watching Busch put the team on his shoulders while the presumed offensive star of the team flails and doesn’t seem to have a plan beyond “waiting for the numbers to even out”. 

    I thought it was a good and fair trade at the time - a talented but surplus guy for the Dodgers that filled an immediate need for the Cubs in exchange for potential pieces of the Dodgers future - and I’m awfully glad Busch is a Cub.

  • First.Pitch.120 (view)

    Mostly agree, but I don’t think it was as much “unshakeable faith” as it was a series of unclear choices in the moment that have become obvious with hindsight.  

    The upside outcome for the coming year for any player was always much higher than the return on selling. It was like Texas Hold’em purgatory of having 4 to an A-K led flush…  impossible to get away from. 


     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    He works quickly too so all that happened in probably like 4 minutes 

  • crunch (view)

    as of now, zyhir hope is the dodgers #20 prospect on mlb.com (ferris #7).  he made 0 national "top 100" overall lists.  that may be a different story soon enough.

    if hope is not in the team top-10 by year's end i would be shocked.

    i don't know what happened between draft day and a couple months in arizona, but he got the attention of many organizations outside of the cubs when he showed up.

  • crunch (view)

    ...and he takes a comebacker off the knee on pitch 7.  out made, run scored.

    pitch 9 is a 3 run homer.  amazing.

  • crunch (view)

    wade miley (MIL) loads the bases on 5 pitches in the 1st.  that's a special kind of talent.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    While the Chapman trade helped to cement a championship I honestly think that trade was made in a different era. Nobody trades their best prospects for rentals anymore.

    The Quintana trade was a stinker from day one. It seemed to be a product of Theo’s unshakable faith in his 2016 “core” and the consistent and mistaken idea that they were always just one guy away from a return to WS glory. The mistake was repeated several times and I think that realization along with a general evolution in baseball thinking has helped to shape Jed and the way he operates today.

  • Bill (view)

    I had mixed emotions when I heard of the trade, as I have with most trades that involve high potential prospects.  But that is because I hate to trade a high potential prospect for a veteran with only a few years control, and with a much lower potential than the prospects give away.  I hated the trade of Cease and Jiminez for Quinta, because I viewed Quintana as a decent, but not top pitcher, being traded for two very high-potential prospects.  I disliked the trade for Chapman, because a high-potential prospect was traded for a rental, although in this case, the fact that the rental was a top player greatly softened the blow.  The trade of Ferris and Hope for Busch seemed even at the time, to be a good one, even though they gave up one of my favorite prospects.  The return was a high-potential prospect with 6 years of control, at a time when he could be a difference maker on the team.

    13 games hardly proves that it was a good trade, but at least it was a reasonable one, no matter how it turns out.  So far, so good.