Cubs Land Lefty Gerardo Concepcion – Wrigley Field 2/6/12

Posted on 06 February 2012 by Lou

The Cubs have signed Gerardo Concepcion to a multi-year deal worth around $7 million.  Concepcion is a Cuban defector who burst onto the scene in 2010-2011 with a dominant rookie year in the Cuban National Series.  Concepcion had a 10-3 record with a nasty 3.36 ERA.  He started 16 games and is only 18 years old.  Nice.  Concepcion defected at the World Port Tourney in Rotterdam, Amsterdam (the same tourney from which Cincinnati Reds’ stud Aroldis Chapman defected a few years back), and recently completed his Mexican residency requirement to become eligible to negotiate with major league teams.  Concepcion is training in the Dominican Republic – not surprising that Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts was just there to announce the building of a new baseball academy nearby.

I like this move.  Don’t know if he is going to pan out, but for $7 million, if he can give the Cubs something 2-3 years down the line similar to Chapman, that would be a huge step in the right direction.  Exposure in the DR should help as well.  Maybe we can convince some young talented international players to give a look at the Cubs organization with Theo, Jed and Jason at the helm…

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