Roster Turnover the Only Constant for the Cubs in 2013

With the Cubs suiting up for their final home game of the season on Wednesday afternoon, it seemed like an appropriate time, if there is one, to take a look back at the long list of players that shuffled through the Cubs’ clubhouse this season.

After using a franchise high 53 different players at the big league level a year ago, the front office topped their own record this season. 56 different players sported a Cubs’ uniform this season. And with what became affectionately known as the Cubs’ Daily Roster Shuffle, here is the full list of the players that compromised the 2013 Cubs.


  • Jake Arrieta
  • Scott Baker
  • Michael Bowden
  • Alex Burnett
  • Alberto Cabrera
  • Shawn Camp
  • Rafael Dolis
  • Scott Feldman
  • Kyuji Fujikawa
  • Matt Garza
  • Kevin Gregg
  • Justin Grimm
  • Matt Guerrier
  • Edwin Jackson
  • Chang-Yong Lim
  • Kameron Loe
  • Carlos Marmol
  • Blake Parker
  • Zach Putnam
  • Brooks Raley
  • Henry Rodriguez
  • Hector Rondon
  • Zac Rosscup
  • James Russell
  • Chris Rusin
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Eduardo Sanchez
  • Pedro Strop
  • Hisanori Takahashi
  • Carlos Villanueva
  • Travis Wood


  • J.C. Boscan
  • Welington Castillo
  • Steve Clevenger
  • Dioner Navarro


  • Darwin Barney
  • Starlin Castro
  • Alberto Gonzalez
  • Brent Lillibridge
  • Donnie Murphy
  • Cody Ransom
  • Anthony Rizzo
  • Luis Valbuena
  • Logan Watkins


  • Brian Bogusevic
  • Julio Borbon
  • David DeJesus
  • Scott Hairston
  • Cole Gillispie
  • Junior Lake
  • Darnell McDonald
  • Thomas Neal
  • Dave Sappelt
  • Nate Schierholtz
  • Alfonso Soriano
  • Ryan Sweeney

Five different pitchers saved a game for the Cubs this season, the most in a single year since 2008. Kevin Gregg, Pedro Strop, Kyuji Fujikawa, Blake Parker and Carlos Marmol notched at least one save for Dale Sveum this season. The only relievers left in the pen that began the season there are James Russell and Hector Rondon. Carlos Villanueva began the season in the starting rotation, along with Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood and Scott Feldman.

Only 12 players on the Cubs’ current 32-man active roster were with the team on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. Nate Schierholtz is in the lone outfielder remaining from the Opening Day Roster while Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Luis Valbuena are the only three infielders still with the team. Darwin Barney began the year on the disabled list.

Opening Day Lineup in Pittsburgh

  • David DeJesus – CF
  • Starlin Castro – SS
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1B
  • Alfonso Soriano – LF
  • Nate Schierholtz – RF
  • Welington Castillo – C
  • Luis Valbuena – 3B
  • Alberto Gonzalez – 2B
  • Jeff Samardzija – P

Opening Day at Wrigley Field

  • David DeJesus – CF
  • Starlin Castro – SS
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1B
  • Alfonso Soriano – LF
  • Nate Schierholtz – RF
  • Welington Castillo – C
  • Luis Valbuena – 3B
  • Brent Lillibridge – 2B
  • Edwin Jackson – P

The Cubs’ 40-man roster currently stands at 40 players with six players (Rafael Dolis, Kyuji Fujikawa, Matt Guerrier, Zach Putnam, Arodys Vizcaino, Thomas Neal) on the 60-day DL. The Cubs roster will look a lot different when pitchers and catchers report to the Cubs’ new facility in early February.

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