Cubs sign Gerardo Concepcion

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Cubs sign Gerardo Concepcion

The Cubs signed one of the Big Three of Cuban free agents.

They reportedly reached an agreement with 18-year-old pitcher Gerardo Concepcion, according to Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald from Miami:

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jorge ebroOfficial: Cuban pitcher Gerardo Concepcion signed a multimillion dollar pact with the Chicago Cubs, a source confirmed to El Nuevo Herald.
Feb 02 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

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Enrique RojasESPNSource to http:t.co78xXbjUD: Cuban pitcher Gerardo Concepcion agree 7 million contract with Cubs
Feb 03 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Concepcion was the Rookie of the Year in Cuba's Serie Nacional for the 2010-11 season in which he was 10-3 with a 3.36 ERA. He also had 53 strikeouts and 43 walks in 101 23 innings pitched.

The White Sox were in on the left-hander as well.

Concepcion defected to Mexico in June and has drawn interest from the Yankees, Phillies, Royals, Giants, Marlins, Red Sox and Blue Jays in addition to the Cubs and White Sox after he was named a free agent in mid-January.

Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler, the other pieces of the Cuban Big Three, remain unsigned.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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