In an annual tradition that was well-intentioned but odd, teams are able to call up anyone on their 40-man roster starting today. The 25-man roster is no more for the rest of the season. That’s September baseball.
Or at least it is until next year, when the idea of September call-ups is going to change fundamentally: instead of the full 40-man roster, the expanded roster in September is going to be limited to 28. And with the 25-man roster expanding to 26 next year, that means call-ups will shrink from as many as 15 to just 2. It’s going to be jarring, but it’s probably a better system.
Anyway, that’s next year. This year, teams can do their normal thing, and for the Cubs, it’s going to mean a number of additions, even as the AAA Iowa Cubs head to the postseason for the first time in a decade. Sorry, gents – the needs of the big league club take precedence. Still, some eventual call-ups might remain with Iowa through their playoff run for logistical reasons, including Willson Contreras (rehabbing his hamstring), David Bote (optioned last night), and James Norwood (optioned two days ago).
Added to the roster today: Ben Zobrist (technically yesterday), Albert Almora, Daniel Descalso, Robel Garcia, Taylor Davis, Alec Mills, Duane Underwood, and Brad Wieck.