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Cubs announce five-year, $6 million agreement with Cuban lefty Gerardo Concepcion

Mar 11, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

concepcion_742562375 Reuters’s Patrick Mooney reports that the Cubs have signed Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion to a five-year, $6 million contract.

Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald reported in early February that the deal was done, but it apparently took a little while to make everything final.

Concepcion, 20, was named Rookie of the Year in Cuba’s Serie Nacional last season after posting a 3.36 ERA in 101 2/3 innings. He defected from Cuba to Mexico in June and became a major league free agent in mid-January. The Cubs will probably get him started this year at a lower rung of Single-A.

UPDATE, 3:18 PM: According to beat writer Carrie Muskat of, the deal comes with a $3 million signing bonus and the other $3 million is spread across the five-year deal.

  1. tone360 - Mar 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Not the Cuban we were hoping for.

    • jason1214 - Mar 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      Hey if they can get Soler next, I’d take Soler/Concepcion over Cespedes any day.

      • tone360 - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:53 AM

        I agree 100 percent. I saw “deal” and “Cuban” and thought it was Soler.

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