Each utility player gets a minor league deal, and should provide the Cubs with some AAA depth.
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Remember the fight about the 30 days’ pay the Cubs withheld from Zambrano? It’s settled.
They aren’t the Cubans you’ve been hearing about, but they could be legitimate prospects.
The reliever/starter gets a non-guaranteed deal, as does reliever Manny Corpas.
The 29-year-old reliever didn’t pitch in 2011 after Tommy John surgery.
The Cubs tendered contracts to everyone eligible except back-up catcher Koyie Hill.
A former second round pick, Bianchi’s once-promising career has been derailed by injuries.
Seems like quite a bit to give up for a third baseman who hasn’t done anything in two years.
The versatile 31-year-old outfielder is a solid addition.
The Cubs are preparing for next months’ Rule Five Draft by protecting some of their top prospects.
The move will save the Cubs a little green for 2012.
Ramirez is unlikely to return to the Cubs in 2012, and may have played his last game as a Cub.
Dempster will return to the Cubs in 2012 for a cool $14 million.
Carlos Zambrano Officially Back on the Roster, Justin Berg and Brian Schlitter Designated for Assignment
Zambrano is still not expected to return to the Cubs in 2012, though. Berg and Schlitter were organizational filler at this point.
Another couple “youngsters” set to join the Cubs in Chicago, but you might not actually see much of them on the field.