As originally agreed upon before the 2020 season, the Cubs sent two players to South Bend to adhere to the roster reduction to 28. Originally teams would be sending another two players to their affiliate sites, reducing the rosters further to 26. However, MLB had a change of heart regarding their roster rules.
There is a lot to unpack with the announcement. With so many teams now needing to play doubleheaders, whether due to rain or COVID-19, the larger rosters are better for the teams and players, giving enough bodies to preserve the players’ health, especially the addition of a 29th player.
The increased taxi squad will give even more players the ability to workout during the minor league stoppage.
As for the Cubs, the team assigned LHPs Rex Brothers and Justin Steele to South Bend. Brothers was good in one appearance but rough in another. Steele hasn’t made an appearance since being recalled when James Norwood was placed on the IL.
Now that the roster will remain expanded at 28, the Cubs can explore giving youngsters Burl Carraway and Brailyn Marquez an opportunity to show what they have. However, only time will tell if they go that direction.