The Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster has been over 40 gamers for a longgggg time because of the COVID outbreak that blighted the tip of an in any other case dominant second half. Gamers on the COVID IL don’t depend in opposition to the 40-man roster, so the Cubs had been at one level as much as 45 gamers on the 40-man roster, and that didn’t depend the blokes on the 60-day IL due to long-term accidents, who had been already off the 40-man roster (Nick Madrigal, Brad Wieck, Jonathan Holder, Kohl Stewart, P.J. Higgins, Jose Lobaton, Alfonso Rivas, and Michael Hermosillo).
However the factor is, these COVID guys need to be activated in some unspecified time in the future, after which the 60-day IL guys all have to return off the IL when the postseason ends.
So mainly, the Cubs are having to cull upwards of 13(!) roster spots earlier than the tip of the postseason merely to get to a lawful 40-man roster!
That course of began a pair weeks in the past when Austin Romine was released to get a head start on his free agency after, presumably, he got here off the COVID IL. Per the team’s transaction log, there was a further flurry of strikes:
⇒ Catchers Tyler Payne and Erick Castillo had been designated for project. They are going to probably head into free company shortly (after the DFA course of resolves), the place the Cubs might search to re-sign them to minor league offers, or they might search alternatives in different organizations. Every was a long-time member of the Cubs’ farm system, and bought an opportunity to get into a giant league sport late due to the outbreak and a hip damage to Willson Contreras.
⇒ Righty Joe Biagini, infielder Tyler Ladendorf, and outfielder Johneshwy Fargas had been outrighted to Iowa. Meaning they’re additionally now off the 40-man roster, and stay below contract with the Cubs on their minor league offers till the season ends. At that time, I imagine all three are eligible for minor league free company, although it’s doable Fargas could be retained for yet another yr.
⇒ In the meantime, David Bote, Patrick Knowledge, Nick Martini, and Tommy Nance had been activated from the COVID IL. (Properly, technically we’re making that assumption primarily based on all of the obtainable info. The gamers went on the IL on the time of the outbreak and didn’t depend in opposition to the 40-man roster on the time. So the COVID IL was an inexpensive inference.)
This set of strikes will get the Cubs’ 40-man roster right down to 39, formally, so the COVID outbreak is over from a roster perspective. Being at 39 is necessary, too, as a result of it means the Cubs now have a spot open to seize a participant on waivers within the occasion somebody turns into obtainable that they wish to snag.
A reminder, although: all these different long-term injured guys are going to need to activated (or launched) by the tip of the postseason, AND you wish to open up extra areas at no cost company and Rule 5 Draft roster defending, so there’s much more 40-man culling to return.
A few of it is going to come organically as sure guys hit free company (for instance, Zach Davies and Matt Duffy), a few of will probably be comparatively straightforward choices to maneuver on with guys who didn’t work out, and a few of will probably be harder choices about who deserves holding onto a 40-man spot all offseason (I anticipate feverish debate concerning the gentleman pictured above, for instance (although I in the end anticipate the Cubs will grasp onto David Bote for a minimum of yet another yr to see if he bounces again)).
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