Just about every player on the 40-man roster contributed to the Cubs winning 97 games in the regular season and four more in the post-season that have gotten the team to the National League Championship Series.
Joe Maddon will announce the 25-man roster for the NLCS on Saturday morning. The Cubs are not expected to make many changes to the NLDS roster beyond a position player or a pitcher replacing the injured Addison Russell.
When looking at how the front office constructed the roster, 19 players were acquired via trade and there were six deals that shaped the roster. The Cubs added impact talent from the Padres, Orioles and A’s while three deals with the Rangers and Reds netted the organization five pitchers that helped the team in the regular season and playoffs.
Five players were signed as free agents, three as amateur free agents and five players inked minor league contracts with the Cubs.
One pitcher was claimed. One pitcher was selected in the Rule 5 Draft and six players were selected in the First-Year Player Draft.
Six position players were either drafted or signed as amateur free agents and came up through the Cubs’ system.
The Cubs received contributions from players no longer with the organization during the regular season. Jacob Turner spent the season on the 60-day DL and does not count against the roster. Only two players currently on the 40-man roster did not see time in the majors this year.
Breakdown of Cubs 40-man Roster
- Trades – 19 (12 pitchers, 1 catcher, 4 infielders, 2 outfielders)
- Free Agents – 5 (3 pitchers, 1 catcher, 1 outfielder)
- Minor League Free Agents – 5 (1 pitcher, 1 catcher, 1 infielder, 2 outfielders)
- Amateur Free Agents – 3 (2 infielders, 1 outfielder)
- Waiver Claim/Purchase – 1
- Rule 5 Draft – 1
- First-Year Player Draft – 6 (2 pitchers, 2 infielders, 2 outfielders)
- Jake Arrieta – Acquired via trade from the Baltimore Orioles on July 2, 2013 along with Pedro Strop for RHP Scott Feldman, C Steve Clevenger and cash
- Jon Lester – Signed as a free agent on Dec. 15, 2014
- Kyle Hendricks – Acquired from the Texas Rangers on July 31, 2012 along with INF Christian Villanueva for RHP Ryan Dempster
- Jason Hammel – Signed as a free agent on Dec. 12, 2014
- Hector Rondon – Selected by the Cubs from the Cleveland Indians on Dec. 6, 2012 in the Rule 5 Draft
- Pedro Strop – Acquired via trade from the Baltimore Orioles on July 2, 2013 along with Jake Arrieta for RHP Scott Feldman, C Steve Clevenger and cash
- Fernando Rodney – Acquired from the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 27, 2015 for a player to be named later or cash
- Justin Grimm – Acquired from the Texas Rangers on July 22, 2013 along with Carl Edwards Jr., Neil Ramirez and Mike Olt for RHP Matt Garza
- Travis Wood – Acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on Dec. 23, 2011 along with OF Dave Sappelt and INF Ronald Torreyes for LHP Sean Marshall
- Clayton Richard – Purchased from the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 3, 2015
- Trevor Cahill – Signed as a Minor League free agent on Aug. 18, 2015
- Dallas Beeler – Selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 41st round of the 2010 Draft
- Eric Jokisch – Selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round of the 2010 Draft
- Carl Edwards Jr. – Acquired from the Texas Rangers on July 22, 2013 along with Justin Grimm, Neil Ramirez and Mike Olt for RHP Matt Garza
- Zac Rosscup – Acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on Jan. 8, 2011 along with RHP Matt Garza and OF Fernando Perez for RHP Chris Archer, OF Brandon Guyer, C Robinson Chirinos, SS Hak-Ju Lee and OF Sam Fuld
- Tommy Hunter – Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on July 31, 2015 for OF/INF Junior Lake
- Neil Ramirez – Acquired from the Texas Rangers on July 22, 2013 along with Justin Grimm, Carl Edwards Jr. and Mike Olt for RHP Matt Garza
- Dan Haren – Acquired along with cash from the Miami Marlins on July 31, 2015 for RHP Ivan Pineyro and INF Elliot Soto
- Yoervis Medina – Acquired from the Seattle Mariners on May 19, 2015 for C Welington Castillo
- Jason Motte – Signed as a free agent on Dec. 19, 2014
- Jacob Turner* – Acquired from the Miami Marlins on Aug. 8, 2014 for RHP Jose Arias and RHP Tyler Bremer (*Does not count against 40-man roster)
- Miguel Montero – Acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Dec. 9, 2014 for RHP Jefferson Mejia and RHP Zack Godley
- David Ross – Signed as a free agent on Dec. 23, 2014
- Taylor Teagarden – Signed as a Minor League free agent on Dec. 28. 2014
- Anthony Rizzo – Acquired from the San Diego Padres on Jan. 6, 2012 along with RHP Zach Cates for RHP Andrew Cashner and OF Kyung-Min Na
- Starlin Castro – Signed as an amateur free agent on Oct. 25, 2006
- Kris Bryant – Selected by the Chicago Cubs in the first round (2nd overall pick) in the 2013 Draft
- Addison Russell – Acquired from the Oakland A’s on July 4, 2014 along with OF Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and cash for RHP Jeff Samardzija and RHP Jason Hammel
- Tommy La Stella – Acquired from the Atlanta Braves on Nov. 16, 2014 for RHP Arodys Vizcaino and cash
- Javier Baez – Selected by the Chicago Cubs in the first round (9th overall pick) in the 2011 Draft
- Christian Villanueva – Acquired from the Texas Rangers on July 31, 2012 along with RHP Kyle Hendricks for RHP Ryan Dempster
- Arismendy Alcantara – Signed as an amateur free agent on Nov. 3, 2008
- Jonathan Herrera – Signed as a Minor League free agent on Dec. 3, 2014
- Dexter Fowler – Acquired from the Houston Astros on Jan. 19, 2015 for RHP Dan Straily and INF Luis Valbuena
- Chris Coghlan – Signed as a Minor League free agent on Jan. 20, 2014
- Chris Denorfia – Signed as a free agent on Jan. 9, 2014
- Jorge Soler – Signed as an amateur free agent on June 30, 2012
- Austin Jackson – Acquired from the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 31, 2015 for a player to be named later or cash
- Matt Szczur – Selected in the fifth round of the 2010 Draft
- Kyle Schwarber – Selected in the first round (4th overall pick) in the 2014 Draft
- Quintin Berry – Signed as a Minor League free agent on Aug. 24, 2015
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer invited the team’s scouting department and player development staff to Game 3 of the NLDS at Wrigley to thank them for their hard work. And so they could see firsthand the team they helped to assemble.
The front office, scouting and player development have given Joe Maddon the pieces. It’s now up to Maddon and his coaching staff to put the players in the right position to succeed against the Mets.