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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?

    • http://punshouse.com 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.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com 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.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com 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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