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contractWith game action getting underway today, the Chicago Cubs officially announced that a big chunk of the guys on the team are actually, you know, signed to contracts.

Players who aren’t yet eligible for arbitration and aren’t already under contract (i.e., guys with between 0 and 3 years service time) can be tendered a contract by their team for basically any amount (renewed), and the Cubs today confirmed that the 20 players on the 40-man roster to whom that applies have all been tendered contracts. The actual terms were not disclosed.

This is completely perfunctory and expected, but it is technically news.

The list of guys:

  • Right-handed pitchers Dallas Beeler, C.J. Edwards, Justin Grimm, Kyle Hendricks, Blake Parker, Neil Ramirez, Hector Rondon and Brian Schlitter.
  • Left-handed pitchers Drake Britton, Eric Jokisch, Joe Ortiz and Zac Rosscup.
  • Catcher Rafael Lopez.
  • Infielders Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Tommy La Stella, Mike Olt and Christian Villanueva.
  • Outfielders Junior Lake and Matt Szczur.

Players with options remaining can be sent to the minors to start the season if they do not make the 25-man roster, while those without options left must clear waivers before they can be outrighted to the minors (which also removes them from the 40-man roster). Which is to say: not all of these guys will open the season with the big league team.

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