Cubs 40-Man Roster

Roster Rules & Procedures

LAST UPDATED: 2-27-2024
 

40 players are on the Cubs Cubs MLB Reserve List AKA "40-Man Roster" (roster is full)

MLB Service Time goes by the format of Years+Days, so (for example) "2+155" = two years plus 155 days.

Per the CBA, an MLB regular season ("championship season") must be at least 182 days and no more than 187 days, but 172 days constitutes a "full" MLB regular season when calculating MLB Service Time, and so a player cannot get credit for more than 172 days of MLB Service Time in any one season.

Player's nameDoBB / TH / WMLB Service Time (thru 2023)Minor League Option Years Left (2024)2024 Optional Assignments AvailableRoster StatusContract Status (2024)
PITCHERS (21) 
Yency Almonte06-04-1994R/R6'5 2234+1430 [see Note 5]0RESERVEDSIGNED
Adbert Alzolay03-01-1995R/R6'1 1753+0500 [see Note 5]0RESERVEDSIGNED
Michael Arias11-15-2001R/R6'0 1550+0003 [see Notes 2+7]5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Javier Assad07-30-1997R/R6'1 2001+0242 [see Note 6]5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Ben Brown09-09-1999R/R6'6 2100+0002 [see Note 7]5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Jose Cuas07-28-1994R/R6'3 1951+1293 [see Note 6]5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Kyle Hendricks12-07-1989R/R6'3 1909+0813 [see Notes 3+5+8]5RESERVEDSIGNED THRU 2024
Porter Hodge02-21-2001R/R6'4 23300+0003 [see Notes 2+7]5RESERVEDAUTO-RENWAL
Shota Imanaga09-01-1993L/L5'10 1760+0004 [see Notes 3+4+5+8]5RESERVEDSIGNED THRU 2027+2028 CLUB OPTION 
Caleb Kilian06-02-1997R/R6'4 1800+0182 [see Note 4]5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Mark Leiter Jr 03-13-1991R/R6'0 2103+0310 [see Note 5]0RESERVEDSIGNED
Luke Little08-30-2000L/L6'8 2200+0263 [see Note 2]5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Julian Merryweather10-14-1991R/R6'4 2153+1090 [see Note 5]0RESERVEDSIGNED
Hector Neris06-14-1989R/R6'2 2278+0680 [see Notes 5+8]0RESERVEDSIGNED THRU 2024 + 2025 CLUB OPTION OR VESTING PLAYER OPTION
Daniel Palencia02-05-2000R/R5'11 1600+09035RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL 
Drew Smyly06-13-1989L/L6'2 18811+1432 [see Notes 3+5]5RESERVEDSIGNED THRU 2024 + 2025 MUTUAL OPTION
Justin Steele07-11-1995L/L6'2 1952+1430 [see Note 5]0RESERVEDSIGNED
Jameson Taillon11-18-1991R/R6'5 2307+1101 [see Notes 3+5+8]5RESERVEDSIGNED THRU 2026
Keegan Thompson03-13-1995R/R6'2 2102+04815RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Hayden Wesneski12-05-1997R/R6'3 2101+00925RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Jordan Wicks09-01-1999L/L6'3 2200+03735RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
CATCHERS (2) 
Miguel Amaya03-09-1999R/R6'1 1850+1290 [see Note 6]0RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Yan Gomes07-19-1987R/R6'2 21211+0832 [see Notes 3+5]5RESERVEDSIGNED THRU 2024
INFIELDERS (9) 
Michael Busch11-09-1997L/R6'1 2100+04525RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Nico Hoerner05-13-1997R/R6'1 2004+0142 [see Note 5]5RESERVEDSIGNED THRU 2026
Nick Madrigal03-05-1997R/R5'8 1753+1643 [see Note 5]5RESERVEDSIGNED 
Miles Mastrobuoni10-31-1995L/R511 1850+1362 [see Note 6]5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Matt Mervis04-16-1998L/L6'4 2250+04125RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Christopher Morel06-24-1999R/R6'0 1401+1171 [see Notes 4+6]5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Dansby Swanson02-11-1994R/R6'1 1907+0473 [see Notes 3+5+8]5RESERVEDSIGNED THRU 2029
Luis Vazquez10-10-1999R/R6'1 1650+0003 [see Note 2]5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Patrick Wisdom08-27-1991R/R6'2 2203+0581 [see Note 5]5RESERVEDSIGNED 
OUTFIELDERS (7) 
Kevin Alcantara07-12-2002R/R6'6 1880+0003 [see Notes 4+7]5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Alexander Canario05-07-2000R/R6'1 1650+0311 [see Notes 4+6]5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Pete Crow-Armstrong03-25-2002L/L6'0 1840+02135RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Brennen Davis11-02-1999R/R6'4 2100+0002 [see Note 7]5RESERVEDAUTO-RENEWAL
Ian Happ08-17-1994B/R6'0 2056+0362 [see Notes 3+5+85RESERVEDSIGNED THRU 2026
Seiya Suzuki08-18-1994R/R5'11 1822+0003 [see Notes 3+5+8]5RESERVEDSIGNED THRU 2026
Mike Tauchman12-03-1990L/L6'1 2173+1430 [see Note 5]0RESERVEDSIGNED

 NOTE 1 - The Cubs have no players with Selected Player status on their MLB Reserve List at this time.

NOTE 2 - Because the player has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time, was eligible for selection in the 2023 MLB Rule 5 Draft, and had his contract selected to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) after August 15th, Michael Arias, Porter Hodge, Luke Little, and Luis Vazquez will have Draft-Excluded Player status until 20 days prior to 2024 MLB Opening Day.

NOTE 3 - Any player who has minor league options left and who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Yan Gomes, Ian Happ, Kyle Hendricks, Drew SmylyDansby Swanson, and Jameson Taillon), and any international player with Article XIX-A contractual rights (Shota Imanaga and Seiya Suzuki), has the right to refuse an Optional Assignment and remain on his club's MLB Active List (25-man roster) or elect free-agencv if optioned.
NOTE: Optional Assignment Waivers have been eliminated in the 2016-21 CBA.

NOTE 4 - Alexander Canario and Christopher Morel are eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2024 and Canario would be eligible for the 4th option again in 2025 - IF - the 4th option is not spent in 2024 (TBD), Caleb Kilian will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2025 - IF - third option is spent in 2024 (TBD), Kevin Alcantara will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2026 - IF- third option is spent in 2025 (TBD), and Shota Imanaga will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2027 - IF - third option is spent in 2026 or he will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2028 if the 4th option is not spent in 2027 (TBD). 

NOTE 5 - Any player who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (Yan GomesIan Happ, Kyle Hendricks, Hector Neris, Drew Smyly, Dansby Swanson, and Jameson Taillon, plus Yency Almonte beginning on 4/25 and Nico Hoerner beginning on 9/1), and any international player with Article XIX-A contractual rights (Shota Imanaga and Seiya Suzuki), has the right to refuse an Outright Assignment and remain on his club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) or elect free-agency if outrighted. Also, any player who has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time (Yency Almonte, Adbert AlzolayNico Hoerner, Mark Leiter JrNick MadrigalJulian Merryweather, and Patrick Wisdom), or who has not yet accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time but who has been outrighted previously in his career, or who has not accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time or been outrighted to the minors previously in his career but who qualified as a "SuperTwo" player after the 2023 season (Justin Steele), has the right to elect free-agency if outrighted.

NOTE 6 - Starting at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the 2023 World Series, an unsigned MLB Rule 9 eligible player (second contract or 6YFA) who is not a Rule 5 Selected Player or Draft Excluded Player and/or is not eligible to elect free-agency if outrighted (Miguel Amaya, Javier Assad, Alexander Canario, Jose Cuas, Miles Mastrobuoni, and Christopher Morel) cannot be sent outright to the minors until Outright Assignment Waivers are secured - AND - the player has either signed a 2024 Major League contract, had his 2023 contract unilaterally renewed by the club, or agrees (in advance) to sign a 2024 minor league contract (if the Outright Assignment is contemplated prior to a 2024 Major League contract being tendered).
NOTE: For any MLB player not eligible for salary arbitration, an MLB club can unilaterally renew the player's contract from the previous season (subject to the MLB minimum salary rule and the MLB maximum salary-reduction rule) if the player has not signed a contract by March 1st.

NOTE 7 - Most injured players can be sent to the minors only during a period of time beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until reserve lists are filed in November. (An injured Rule 5 Selected Player can be outrighted during this period only if Rule 5 restrictions have been removed, and an injured Rule 5 Draft Excluded Player can be outrighted during this period only if Outright Assignment Waivers are requested no later than 2 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series). However,a player on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who is not MLB Rule 9-eligible, who has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time in his career, and who did not accrue any MLB Service Time during the previous season, was not selected in the immediately-preceding Rule 5 Draft, and has not previously been outrighted to the minors (Kevin Alcantara, Ben Brown, and Brennen Davis) can be sent outright to the minors even if he is injured beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until the 15th day prior to the start of the next MLB regular season, and an MLB Rule 9-eligible playerwho has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time in his career, and who did not accrue any MLB Service Time during the previous season, was not selected in the immediately-preceding Rule 5 Draft, and has not previously been outrighted to the minors can be sent outright to the minors even if he is injured during this period only after the player has either signed a Major League contract for the next season, had his previous season's contract unilaterally renewed by the club, or agrees (in advance) to sign a minor league contract for the next season (if the Outright Assignment is contemplated prior to a Major League contract being tendered). Also, a Draft-Excluded Player who has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time in his career and who did not accrue any MLB Service Time during the previous season and who has not previously been outrighted to the minors (Michael Arias, Porter Hodge, and Luis Vazquez) can be sent outright to the minors even if he is injured only during a five-day window beginning on the 20th day prior to the start of the MLB regular season and extending up until the 15th day prior to the start of the MLB regular season.
NOTE: If the player has an optional assignment available, a player listed above can also be optioned to the minors beginning on the first official day of Spring Training extending up until the 15th day prior to MLB Opening Day. 

NOTE 8 - An Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signs a major league contract after 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the 2023 World Series (Hector Neris) will have an automatic "no trade" restriction through June 15, 2024. An Article XX-B MLB Free-Agent who receives a "no trade" right this way can waive the right, but if he does, his club can trade the player only for player contracts and/or cash with a maximum aggregate value of $50,000. Also, a player with an automatic ("10/5") or contractual full or partial "no trade"restriction (FULL: Ian Happ, Seiya Suzuki, and Dansby Swanson, plus Kyle Hendricks ("10/5") beginning on 6/26 / PARTIAL: Shota Imanaga and  Jameson Taillon) cannot be traded or placed on Outright Assignment Waivers unless he agrees to waive his "no trade" right in advance.

NOTE 9 - A player eligible to be a post-2024 Article XX-B MLB Free-Agent is not eligible to receive an Article XX-B Qualifying Offer if the player has received a Qualifying Offer previously in his career or if the player did not spend the entire preceding MLB regular season on the club's MLB Active List (25-man roster) and/or on one or more of the club's inactive lists and/or on the Active List or an inactive list of one or more minor league affiliates of that club.