The Chicago Cubs today announced their roster for tomorrow’s opener, which comes in at 30 players – 14 position players, 16 pitchers. In two weeks, they’ll have to pare it down to 28, but we’ll get there when we get there.
The Cubs did wind up opting for three catchers (including Josh Phegley), and mostly go with the relievers you would’ve best guessed based on the limited information we have. No huge surprises in the group. Let’s go.
Here’s the full Opening Day 30-man roster for the Chicago Cubs:
(Daniel Descalso is on the 45-day Injured List, which means he’s currently off the 40-man, but stays in the org)
Albert Almora, Jr.
Steven Souza, Jr.
(Jose Quintana is on the 10-day Injured List)
Duane Underwood, Jr.
The roster is exactly what I predicted a couple days ago, but with one exception: Dillon Maples makes the bullpen instead of Ryan Tepera. I thought perhaps Tepera’s solid spring and summer would win the day over Maples’ wildness, but like I just wrote this morning: it’s impossible to stop dreaming on Maples’ nasty stuff.
The Cubs also had to make some rosters moves to maneuver this 30-man group.