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Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion works out for Rangers

Jan 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Gerardo Concepcion

Gerardo Concepcion, the 18-year-old pitcher who established residency in the Dominican Republic to become a free agent after defecting from Cuba, worked out for the Rangers yesterday.

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that team president Nolan Ryan was part of the Rangers group on hand to watch Concepcion in the Dominican Republic, adding that “the club is among the favorites to sign the Cuban left-hander.”

Concepcion’s agent, Jaime Torres, previously said that the Rangers, Yankees, Phillies, Cubs, and White Sox have shown the most interest, but Sanchez says the Royals, Marlins, Giants, Blue Jays, and Red Sox are also in the mix.

Torres indicated that Concepcion will likely choose a team within two weeks, which would be a speedy timetable considering he wasn’t officially declared a free agent until last Wednesday. Concepcion doesn’t light up radar guns like fellow Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman and isn’t considered an elite prospect, but the fact that he’s only 18 should lead to a sizable deal.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    The Rangers are quickly becoming one of the “it” teams for free agents and international ballplayers.

    I suppose, a bajillion dollar TV deal and back-to-back World Series appearances will make people think twice about donning the Yankee pinstripes the second they hit free agency.

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