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Cubs sign Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion

Feb 2, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

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From reporter Jorge Ebro of Miami’s El Nuevo Herald comes word that Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion agreed to a “multimillion dollar” contract on Thursday evening with the Chicago Cubs.

Concepcion was named the Rookie of the Year in Cuba’s Serie Nacional for 2010-2011 after posting a solid 10-3 record, 3.36 ERA and 53/43 K/BB ratio across 101 2/3 innings of work. The 18-year-old southpaw defected in June to Mexico and officially become a major league free agent in mid-January.

Concepcion also drew interest from the Yankees, Phillies, Royals, Marlins, Giants, Blue Jays and Red Sox this offseason. But the aggressively-rebuilding Cubs were able to outbid the competition.

He’s likely to open the 2012 season at a low level of Single-A. Or maybe it’ll be rookie ball.

UPDATE, 8:12 PM: Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes says Concepcion’s deal is worth $7 million.

  1. diehardcubbiefan4life - Feb 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Epstien and Co. know what they’re doing. We’ll be celebrating a World Series in 10 years or less, mark my comment.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 2, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      Reality check time. This is the lovable Chicago Cubs after all. They are famous for being the opposite of the Yankees. It is difficult to envisage a World Series for them in our lifetime.

      • cur68 - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        I would love to see a Cubs WS. The path to victory though, lies in a full Cubs FO formal apology for how he’s been treated (even if they didn’t do it, they should lead the charge). Then, a Chicago wide apology to Bartman should be made. Then and only then will the Cubs win the WS. IMO, Jobu don’t like that victimization of Bartman and has made their bats afraid.

        As for this kid, he’s a better bet than Cespedes, IMO. Good luck to him.

      • cubman67 - Feb 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM

        I would love to watch Steve Bartman beg for mercy as every Cub fan gets midevil on him.

  2. jason1214 - Feb 2, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    I know Cuba’s professional baseball leagues do a much better job of verifying ages than does the cough, cough, Dominican Republic…………but he looks older than 18, and I’m a Cubs fan.

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