RHP Marco Carrillo and RHP Justin Berg will be back in the Cubs 0rganization next year, as two more post-2011 Rule 55 Minor League Free-Agents have re-signed with the Cubs, joining OF Jim Adduci and INF Jonathon Mota who re-signed earlier this month. (OF Brad Snyder and INF Scott Moore have signed minor league deals with HOU).
Berg will be spending most of 2012 rehabbing from TJS at Fitch Park, but Carrillo should have a decent shot at making the Iowa Cubs roster as a rubber-armed "swing-man" (starter/reliever).
The 24-year old Carrillo is presently pitching for Obregon in the Mexican Pacfic League (LMP), and is 3rd in the LMP in ERA among league starters.
Here is the updated list of Cubs Minor League free-agents who have not signed contracts for 2012:
NOTE: As an Article XX-B minor league FA, OF Luis Montanez had until Friday 11/25 to decide whether to accept his outright assignment to AAA Iowa, and still no word on whether he has accepted the assignment. If he does accept the assignment, he would defer free-agency until the day after the conclusion of the 2012 regular season (unless he is added back to a 40-man roster in the meantime).
SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FA:
Angel Guzman, RHP
Dylan Johnston, RHP (ex-OF)
Mario Mercedes, C
Chris Robinson, C (played for Team Canada in World Cup)
Carlton Smith, RHP (acquired from CLE in Kosuke Fukudome trade)
Alvaro Sosa, RHP (ex-C)
Jeff Stevens, RHP (acquired from CLE in Mark DeRosa deal post-2008)
John Urick, 1B (player-coach - Whitey Herzog's nephew)
PREVIOUSLY RELEASED MINOR LEAGUE FA:
Austin Bibens-Dirkx, RHP (Christian rock artist in the off-season)
Robert Coello, RHP (acquired from BOS last February for 2B Tony Thomas)