Cubs Sign Gerardo Concepcion

The Cubs have signed Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion to a contract, reports Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald (via Twitter).  The deal is worth $7MM with incentives that could push the total to $8MM, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes Los Angeles.  The contract will become official once Concepcion, a Jaime Torres client, passes a physical.

Concepcion, 18, established residency in Mexico in mid-January and was declared a free agent last week.  Several teams were interested in the young southpaw, including the Blue Jays, Giants, Phillies, Rangers, Red Sox, Royals, White Sox and Yankees.  Torres recently said Concepcion had received as many as 10 contract offers.

The signing is a nice win for Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein in their quest to rebuild both the Cubs' minor league system and their Latin American scouting and development systems.  The Cubs have also been linked to two other major Cuban free agents this winter, Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler.


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76 Comments on "Cubs Sign Gerardo Concepcion"


scott brecht
3 years 6 months ago

glad they got one of the cubans!  

Stoibs
3 years 6 months ago

Theo and Jed keep making good decisions. Now get Soler or Cespedes and this off season will have been very productive.

RetroRob
3 years 6 months ago

Better Soler than Cespedes.  Age and cost.  They can groom Soler and fix some of the issues Cuban position players have transitioning to MLB, especially inability to hit breaking pitches.  Cespedes will want to play every day in the Majors right away, and the money he’ll cost will encourage whichever club signs him to do the same.  Soler a better bet.

Stoibs
3 years 6 months ago

I have zero video on Soler. I really have no idea what the guy can do other than what is offered in written scouting reports. We at least have a track record for Concepcion and Cespedes. I totally understand the financial aspect behind signing Soler and the age helps. I trust them to make the right decision. 

irish0625
3 years 6 months ago

I can’t believe the hype on him when no one has seen him play hahhaha

3 years 6 months ago

On Cespedes,  Jason McLeod (our new scout) said not to long ago that if they signed Cespedes that he’ll give him at least 100 at bats in the minors. Why not sign both Cespedes & Soler? Theo & Jed wants both so why not? 😀

Ken Roucka
3 years 6 months ago

Well, they’re both free agetns so they can sign where ever they want. This isn’t the posting system. If they would feel more comfortable in Miami (for example) they can choose to go there even for less money.

3 years 6 months ago

Cool.

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
3 years 6 months ago

Beans

$20988710
3 years 6 months ago

Burrito

redsx968
3 years 6 months ago

I think you’re doing it wrong.

$20988710
3 years 6 months ago

Lol I had a friend that always use to say cool beans burrito…Apparently he was the only that said that!

maxbelmont
3 years 6 months ago

Solid

Manny Hernandez
3 years 6 months ago

Very good move! Only 18 an i’d say close to being MLB ready.

Vivid_Reality
3 years 6 months ago

Sorry but he is nowhere near MLB ready. At least 3 years away.

Manny Hernandez
3 years 6 months ago

You have to consider that he played in the Cuban baseball league. Which i think is a very high level of baseball.

BlueCatuli
3 years 6 months ago

A ball quality.

Vivid_Reality
3 years 6 months ago

How many highschoolers jump from the draft to the bigs with little to no MiLB experience?

notsureifsrs
3 years 6 months ago

there’s your mistake

stl_cards16
3 years 6 months ago

If by high you mean professional, then yes. If by high you mean near major-league talent, then no.

He’s probably a few years away but still a nice signing by the Cubs. I would expect a lot more of these out of Chicago over the next couple years. With the new CBA, cut back payroll a little and flex your spending muscles in international free agency. Theo already has a nice start to rebuilding with very little to work with.

BDLugz
3 years 6 months ago

The new CBA limits international spending as well, so that’s why you’ll see some bigger signing bonuses this year from teams being desperate.

scott brecht
3 years 6 months ago

they need to spend the money on international players now and next year while they are down in the standings.  once they get better, they will be limited more by the new cba.  the cubs, dodgers, and mets should be the biggest players for international talent in the next few years because of bad teams and high payrolls.  

MonsterPike
3 years 6 months ago

And do we know he’s really ’18’?  ;o)

Manny Hernandez
3 years 6 months ago

That’s a very good point

BDLugz
3 years 6 months ago

No… Cuba would have NO reason to lie about a players age.  They don’t want them to go to the majors, so there is no benefit in claiming a younger age.  This is a totally different situation from somewhere like the DR.

lefty58
3 years 6 months ago

Not entirely true. In Cuba the majority of people use their Baptismal day as their birthday and that usually happens between 2 and 3 years of age.

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

congrats cubs, hopefully he works out.

ETA on concepcion?

baseball52
3 years 6 months ago

At least 3 years.

baseball52
3 years 6 months ago

Nice pickup. He’s been said to be like a #4-5 with potential to be a 3, which is fine by me.

3 years 6 months ago

NICE!! 1 down, 2 to go: Cespedes & Soler.

3 years 6 months ago

Or just Soler.

Hawkeye250
3 years 6 months ago

Finally now send him over to the Red Sox as compensation

3 years 6 months ago

Very funny. Blake Dewitt or Alfonso Soriano (though wouldn’t make sense Ortiz is back as DH since Crawford’s on the DL Sori could play LF for them but we all know he’s not a LF, i just want to see Brett Jackson) sounds just about right

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

How about DeWitt, soriano, Soto,marmol for compensation.. soriano would also include 75mil. Soriano could then be released and go back to whatever hole he came from.

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 6 months ago

I haven’t heard of Concepion.. Who does he comp to in the majors right now?

disgustedcubfan
3 years 6 months ago

Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia, only better.

KeithLawSucksInStl
3 years 6 months ago

Too cute. Gotta love the Cubbie’s optimism!

MmmRocks
3 years 6 months ago

What a waste of money. He had 101 innings of a 3.36 ERA in the Cuban League. But the Cuban League is the equivalent of Single-A and he also allowed more hits than innings pitched, had a K/BB of 53/43, walked almost 4 per 9, struck out less than 5 per nine and had a FIP of 4.75.

BDLugz
3 years 6 months ago

And he was 17 last year……

MmmRocks
3 years 6 months ago

If a 17 year old player had a 4.75 ERA in Single-A would you be excited?

3 years 6 months ago

Yes.

Kyle Mayhugh
3 years 6 months ago

Who knows? Nobody should be applying statistical analysis like that to A-ball players. The further you get from the majors, the less meaningful that sort of statistic is.

But I’d definitely be intrigued. A guy holding his own at a level he’s 2-3 years too young for? Yeah, you’ve got my attention.

3 years 6 months ago

Kyle, agreed. Stats don’t always tell the story at the low minor league levels. There are guys with ERA’s in the low 3’s or high 2’s who never get promoted while you see guys with ERAs in the 4’s or 5’s moving up. Why? Stuff. The guy may have crafty stuff and be good enough stuff to fool minor league hitters but lack a ML quality “out pitch.” Or perhaps he has a decent fastball but can’t locate his breaking pitches. Some guys peak earlier than others. Proof? Look at how many guys there are at AAA who won 15 games or hit 20 HR who either never get called up or who have a cup of coffee and never stick around. 

MmmRocks
3 years 6 months ago

Holding his own? Bogaerts is holding his own in Single-A, a pitcher with a 4.75 ERA is one notch below getting lit up.

BitLocker
3 years 6 months ago

Stats on a Single-A player isn’t really a accurate measure to how he will perform in the MLB if he makes it that far. One of the Cubs pitching coaches can see something wrong in his mechanics or change something that makes him 3 times better in 2013. He’s 18 and he can easily get stronger and have more stamina to go 200+ innings as he gets older.

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 6 months ago

Jed Hoyer is the undoubted GM of the Cubs. However, Theo still plants ideas in Jed’s head while he’s dreaming. I’ve heard its called Concepcion.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

You’re tryin too hard

Hoosierdaddy92
3 years 6 months ago

I’m a Detroit fan stuck living in Chicago. I also love Christopher Nolan Films. It’s the best I’ve got

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

You can be a bulls fan. They are the best team in the nba and have the best player too. The pistons arent very good.Yo

Joey Doughnuts
3 years 6 months ago

Ok, I’ll give this one to ya.

Cosmo3
3 years 6 months ago

Thanks for the lol…beer almost came out my nose

nycub
3 years 6 months ago

How long is the contract?

Joey Doughnuts
3 years 6 months ago

For $8M, Cubs fans better hope it’s AT LEAST 4 years.

Kyle Mayhugh
3 years 6 months ago

They get him for his six year of MLB service time regardless.

Joey Doughnuts
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, at cost + his contract. And the shorter this deal is, the more he will get in arb.

3 years 6 months ago

Is this off-season exciting or what?!  Hopefully this summer is just as fun….

anthony88
3 years 6 months ago

Who?

TyMxx
3 years 6 months ago

I’m not opposed to signing Cespedes because quite frankly, we need more reasons to show up to see our guys but I think he’ll end up being too expensive. Especially, considering it’s rumored he can’t hit an off speed pitch and he’s already 26, which might equate to 34 in American years. Who really knows though. I’m pumped about the Concepcion signing and really hope we go hard after Soler. As of right now, it’s hard to be anything but optimistic about the direction our front office is taking our farm system.  

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

Does this mean concepcion is on the 25 man roster? Since it was a major league contract.. they have nothing to lose really they are virtually out of contention already and will be that way for at least 3 years unless by some miracle they trade soriano and other dead wait before then. I like 95% cubs fans won’t hold my breath.

3 years 6 months ago

I believe he would be Gerardo Concepcion… just a guess.

asovermann
3 years 6 months ago

Or not since Cespedes wants to much money, is older, and will want to start from day 1 with no time in the minors even though he needs a year.

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
3 years 6 months ago

In a few years

asovermann
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah hes only 20

3 years 6 months ago

Actually 19.

WrigleyField10
3 years 6 months ago

We can’t be too sure if that is his real name though with Fausto and Nunez being fake names!

Joey Doughnuts
3 years 6 months ago

So we think

3 years 6 months ago

That’s a bit of a witch hunt, don’t you think.  His birthdate is 11/19/1992 and I’ll believe that until given reason to think otherwise.

WrigleyField10
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, I know, the fact is we are pretty sure that everyone currently in MLB are stating their correct age but there are those “bad apples” if that is what we want to call them who lie about it and now make people wonder how old any of these players actually are.

3 years 6 months ago

Yeah true true. Good point. :)

3 years 6 months ago

There is absolutely no reason for Cubans to try to cheat the system on age.  None at all, as they’re intended to stay in Cuba.  It would be pointless.  His age is what he says it is.  This isn’t the DR, where there is a huge incentive to appear younger.

BDLugz
3 years 6 months ago

That “tool” was the #3 rated international prospect.

Joey Doughnuts
3 years 6 months ago

I’m just saying, I think it’s kind of funny when people correct other people when they get a Cuban player’s age wrong because you can’t always be so sure if anyone actually knows. 

3 years 6 months ago

Has a cuban player ever had a false birthdate?  Most of the examples I can think of are Dominican.

Joey Doughnuts
3 years 6 months ago

You could be right. I shouldn’t have specified.

3 years 6 months ago

Just fyi, I’m not trying to just incessantly prove you wrong or anything.

Just have a good discussion about it is all.

3 years 6 months ago

Was joking lol. Like I said wouldn’t make sense anyways since Big Papi is their DH.