As reported (and discussed at length) over a month ago, the Chicago Cubs have signed lefty pitching prospect Gerardo Concepcion to a Major League deal that saw him added to the 40-man roster today. Concepcion, 20, gets a five-year deal and $6 million, half of which is a signing bonus, and half of which will be spread across the five years.

Assuming it’s a traditional deal, the Cubs will still get six years of big league control of Concepcion, when he does finally make the Majors. Despite this being a “Major League deal,” however, don’t expect to see Concepcion with the Cubs for a few years.

Concepcion will report to Minor League camp, and will probably pitch at one or more A-ball levels this year (Low A Boise, A Peoria, or High A Daytona).

For more on the pitcher, feel free to peruse the original Concepcion signing post (in which I analyze the implications of Concepcion’s Major League deal (note that his age has … changed a few times since the original signing)), as well as another earlier post with a variety of takes on the signing and on Concepcion.

  • JulioZuleta

    Cheaper than first reported, right?

    • Nate Corbitt

      You may be thinking of Soler. I think $6 million is what was reported for Concepcion all along.

      • George W. Bush

        You forgot Poland.

    • CubFan Paul

      It was originally $7M..

      • JulioZuleta

        Yeah, I thought 7 or 7.5

        • Deer

          Yeah I also heard 7 or 7.5M. Maybe it’s less $$ because he’s older than 1st reported. Thought he was supposed to be 18 or 19.

  • Kurt

    Wow, a front-loaded contract with the remaining money spread out evenly? I could get comfortable with this rather quickly.

  • Luke

    If he is as polished as advertised, I’d not be at all surprised to see him in Daytona before the end of the season.  For now, he looks like a future No. 4 starter (maybe a No. 3 if things go well for him) for the Cubs.  He should move through the minors quickly, though.

  • Kyle

    I know that most major beat reporters are incompetent. Or at least, they feed the casual readership who craves to know what ballplayers are like in their off-time or something.

    But how on earth did we get a Concepcion question about whether he will start at Iowa or the majors (idiots) and not *how fast the Cubs have him throwing*.

    That’s really, really important. Most teams have him working 88-90. There’ve been some rumors that the Cubs saw him throw most recently and thought he could work 91-93 with the right mechanical tweaks.

    • Brett

      They hear “Major League contract” and they think that means he’ll soon be a “Major League player.”

      Yeah, I’d like to hear about the velocity question, too – I guess we’ll just have to wait until he plays.

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