Wood Added To 40 Man Roster

The mystery of the Chicago Cubs 40 man roster has now concluded. As we have mentioned numerous times before, after the Cubs signed Kerry Wood they did not make a corresponding roster move. Meaning their 40 man roster stood at 41, one player over the 40 man limit. We all figured that a trade may be looming, and speculated that it might include one of the 4 catchers that the Cubs have on their roster. However, no such trade has ever materialized despite rumored interest in Robinson Chirinos.

As it turns out, there was no trade, and in fact it wasn’t all that newsworthy. The New York Yankees claimed Brian Schlitter off waivers from the Cubs, thus putting the Cubs 40 man roster at 40.

Schlitter appeared in 7 games for the Chicago Cubs and consummated an ERA of 12.38 with 7 strikeouts.

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  • initram

    Interesting. I thought for sure it was because Grabow was on the 60-day DL. I wonder why there was such a delay? Was there a loophole in MLB rules? Was there a 2-week grace period through the end of the year?

    I’d love to find out from someone who knows…

    • Jordan Campbell

      From what I gathered, there really is no restrictions for a team to go over the 40 man limit DURING the off-season. But, by the time opening day comes around, that is when the 40 man roster is truly enforced.

  • initram

    makes sense, although I am sure there are some guidelines up until the Rule 5 draft.

    • joehan

      You are correct, there are guidelines leading up to the Rule 5 draft, as players availible for the Rule 5 draft are those eligible for it that are not protected by being added to the 40 man roster.

      I am not well versed in the actual rules, but I did notice many MLB teams announced or made official their corresponding roster moves (most commonly “designated for assignment” players) right after the New Year earlier this week.