Cubs tender contracts to RHP Jake Arrieta, RHP Hector Rondon, RHP Pedro Strop and RHP Justin Grimm for 2017 season … Cubs non-tender LHP Gerardo Concepcion, LHP Zac Rosscup, RHP Conor Mullee and INF Christian Villanueva … Cubs 40-Man Roster stands at 35 players
The Cubs announced Friday prior to the deadline that the team tendered contracts for next season to each of the four arbitration eligible players … Jake Arrieta, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm.
The Cubs also offered contracts to 22 of the 26 automatic renewal players … Aaron Brooks, Jake Buchanan, Carl Edwards Jr., Kyle Hendricks, Pierce Johnson, Jack Leathersich, Mike Montgomery, Felix Pena, Jose Rosario, Duane Underwood Jr., Rob Zastryzny, Victor Caratini, Willson Contreras, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jeimer Candelario, Tommy La Stella, Addison Russell, Albert Almora Jr., Jacob Hannemann, Kyle Schwarber and Matt Szczur.
Gerardo Concepcion, Zac Rosscup, Conor Mullee and Christian Villanueva were not offered contracts and are free agents.
The Cubs would like to have the players that were non-tendered re-sign with the organization on minor league contracts that include non-roster invites to Spring Training.
With Friday’s moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 35 players.
The Cubs signed veteran left-handed reliever Brian Duensing to a one-year, $2 million contract on Friday.