Cubs officially sign Gerardo Concepcion and add him to 40 man roster

Cubs officially sign Gerardo Concepcion and add him to 40 man roster

It's a bit of news that has been known for quite some time, but today the Cubs made it official.  Gerardo Concepcion has signed a 5 year MLB deal worth $6M guaranteed according to a tweet by WGN's Jordan Bernfield.

The deal is a little less than the originally reported $7M and it's a relief to me that it is a 5 year deal, which will give the polished Concepcion plenty of time to establish himself in the majors.  According to Carrie Muskat, the deal includes a $3M signing bonus with the other $3M being spread out over the next 5 years.

I've written a lot about Concepcion in the past but today we heard from GM Jed Hoyer.

According to Muskat, Hoyer said the Cubs have scouted him extensively and that they felt comfortable with the financial commitment.

"He's the kind of guy we want to keep adding to our system.  He had success early on there, and he's advanced when it comes to a feel for pitching."

As far as the level at which he'll start,

"I don't want to put any expectations on him. Let's get him to the Minor Leagues, let him perform, and we'll figure that part out. With any Cuban guy, there is an assimilation process, both socially and baseball-wise. We don't want to put undue expectations on a guy who does need to assimilate to our culture."

For now, the Cubs will assign him to the minor league complex, though he might get some action in the major league camp this year.  The Cubs will not need to make room for him on the roster since they were at 39 since losing Chris Carpenter to Boston as compensation a couple of weeks ago.

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  • John, will this effect the Soler situation...aren't they really good friends? As we pretty much all have mentioned before, Concepcion and Soler would be a coup for the Cubs

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    It can't hurt and it can certainly help. The Soler situation has been quiet lately, though.

  • John - what's the deal with putting Concepcion on the 40 man roster? Is it the fact that he signed a "major league contract"?

    If I understand correctly, once a player is on the 40 man, the only way to take them off is to send them through waivers. It seems like we have several players on the 40 man who have almost zero chance of a call up this year (Vitters, Szczur, Concepcion). So if the Cubs wanted to keep an NRI like Mather, they would have to open up a spot on the 40 man roster by exposing Sappelt (or another) to waivers correct?

    Will the Cubs have to put Soler on the 40 man if they sign him?

  • In reply to Cubswin4harry:

    And follow-up, why did we have to sign him to a major league contract? because he wasn't acquired through the draft?

  • In reply to Cubswin4harry:

    It was just the market. MLB deals benefit nobody but agents, but they have all the leverage right now because these will be the last unrestricted international free agents.

  • In reply to Cubswin4harry:

    That's exactly it on all counts. Although my guess is it will be a bullpen arm or someone like Cardenas.

    As for Soler, it depends on the deal. If they sign him to a non-MLB deal, he doesn't have to be put on the roster. The Cubs would probably prefer that, but the market may not let them do that.

  • Hmmm...a couple of NRI's are performing well so far (Dewitt, Mather, Miller) and with a potential Soler signing...likely to a Major League contract, there will be some interesting decisions to make with the 40 man.

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