From the Wire … Cubs Sign Gerardo Concepcion

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have signed free-agent Cuban lefty Geraldo Concepcion. The 19-year reportedly inked a $7 million contract with the Cubs according to Enrique Rojas. The length of the contract has not been announced.

Updated 7:15pm CST with scouting report on Gerardo Concepcion.

Updated 7:45pm CST with more information on the signing … according to the Tribune, Gerardo Concepcion will receive an invite to Spring Training. According to Enrique Rojas, Concepcion’s deal is filled with incentives that could up the money to $8 million.

Updated 8:29pm CSTAccording to the Tribune, Concepcion’s deal is a Major League contract. If the report is correct, the Cubs will have to make a corresponding roster move to add Concepcion to the 40-man roster.

The length of the contract has not been announced and there are reports that have stated it is a Major League deal. If the Cubs signed Gerardo Concepcion to a Major League deal they would have to create a spot on the 40-man roster.

According to a report from el Nuevo Herald (in Spanish), the Cubs stepped up and showed more willingness to sign Gerardo Concepcion than the other teams that were interested. The Cubs think they can turn Concepcion into a frontline starter. Concepcion established residency in Mexico and has been working out for teams in the Dominican Republic.

Scouting Report on Gerardo Concepcion
Gerardo Concepcion was named rookie of the year in Cuba in 2010-2011. Concepcion posted a 3.36 ERA in 101 2/3 innings with 53 strikeouts and 43 walks facing older competition in Cuba.

GerardoConcepcion.jpg Concepcion is 6-foot-2 with long arms, sloped shoulders and an athletic wiry frame. According to Baseball America, Concepcion is advanced to his age and can locate his fastball to both sides of the plate … but he does not possess the stuff to miss bats.

Concepcion throws a fastball that ranges anywhere from 86-92 MPH and features a mid-70s curveball that shows good depth at times but can get loopy. Concepcion also features a change-up that some have called a splitter … either pitch is consider a work in progress.

Some think Concepcion might end up a fourth or fifth starter in a big league rotation.

Gerardo Concepcion could begin the season in Low Class-A with the Peoria Chiefs or in Short-Season A-ball with the Boise Hawks.

Will update as more information is made available …

Updated 7:45pm CSTAccording to the Tribune, Gerardo Concepcion will receive an invitation to big league camp this spring. Concepcion’s agent, Jaime Torres, said he thinks his client can make it to the majors quickly but is not ready right now.

The Tribune also reported the Cubs remain active in their pursuit of both Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler.

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  • bpot92

    Where would he fit in with Cubs Prospects? I think its safe to think he is in the top 20/30 since he is supposedly advanced for his age?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Baseball Prospectus says #6

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Appears to be a $7 million deal, no word on the length yet.

    • Tedtop16

      Neil:
      Any idea if it is a major league contact? And any idea where he might start the season?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I am seeing reports that it is a Major League deal. He should begin the year in low-A ball if not Short-Season Boise.

  • paulcatanese

    That ought to make for an interesting arbitration meeting tommorow with Garza after the news about Concepcion.

    • John_CC

       It really shouldn’t have any effect.  Their arbitration meeting is about the two number put forth; one from the player and agent vs. the one offered by the team.  The arbiter decides which offer is closer to “reality”.

      The $7M offered this foreign prospect is certainly not a one or two year deal.  As Tony said below, the system is skewed, but think of the $10M given to Shark.  It was a 5 year deal, and huge for a kid like him coming out of college.  Maybe this deal is with Concepcion is also for 5 years, maybe it’s 7 years…maybe it’s 2 years…once again, let’s wait and see before jumping to conclusions.

    • SuzyS

      Paul, Why would Concepcion signing have ANY effect on the Garza Arb???  I’m sure the 7mil is a multi-year deal….

      • paulcatanese

        It doesen’t Suzy, just trying to stir up some ????.
        On the serious side I would not like to see Garza not on the Cubs, he is one of the positive’s for this year and the years ahead.
        It’s not that big a deal, but would like to see some people signed that have upside before they are signed and not hope that they will after they come aboard.
        A lot has been done that looks for a turnaround by the players that may not come to pass.

  • cubs1967

    so Dillion Maples got 2.5M as a highly touted high schooler at age 18, but this kid is worth almost 3 times that becuz why???….he’s a from a foreign country and there fore not subject to the draft of US kids……….

    well………..good thing this rule is ending this year.

    • Tony_Hall

      Actually you are right on why.   Concepcion was able to negotiate with any team he wanted to, while a US kid, gets drafted and either signs with the team that drafted him, or waits another year.  

      No system is perfect or fair to all.

      • cubs1967

        or to US parents and kids who you know….pay taxes and this being the “national pasttime”……

        but maybe that’s why uncle bud is now extended uncle bud. he FIXED it.

        • Tony_Hall

          Taxes really have nothing to do with baseball.

          I feel ALL players should have to go into the draft, and teams should own the rights to the player for more than a couple of months, it should be years, so that the talent gets evenly distributed, and the teams that make the better choices, benefit, not just the teams that can outspend the others.

          • cubs1967

            ‘cuz US taxpayers have NEVER paid for a MLB stadium??? ………OR your beloved Pk Ricketts wants 250M of YOUR taxes to fix the Dump.

            actually, taxes have everything to do with baseball…..ask a Miami resident who is gonna pay 2 Billion for the next 30 yrs for the Ozzie -lead Fish and their new 600M stadium.

          • Tony_Hall

            Actually US taxpayers, have never paid for a stadium.  All stadiums that have had taxes used have been state or local taxes.  Most of the taxes that are used are tied to the tax on tickets and other activities at games and/or tourism type activities.  

            Now is there some stadium, somewhere that did get Federal dollars, maybe, but I can’t think of one.

            So, actually once again, your comment on the Ricketts wanting $250M of our taxes is wrong.  The tax money they are looking at are generated from ticket sales, and have helped build and renovate Soldier Field and US Cellular, yet the largest contributor to the tax is Wrigley Field, so it would only be fair to the Cubs and their fans to have a portion of this money come back to fix up Wrigley.

          • cubs1967

            last time i checked….state and local taxes are paid by US citizens—right?? so really stupid to quibble over that.
            2nd, the tax PK RIcketts wants would freeze it for 30 yrs; therefore, if those monies are needed by the city of chicago in other areas; it would have to be made up by tax payers; which 30 rys is a long time; so it’s gonna happen.
            3rd, fair or not; the city and state is bankrupt…….and right now no one wants to help a billionaire make more.
            ya really need to read between the lines when team owners start asking for monies becuz if it really is just a ticket tax that why has Emanuel said no.

          • cubs1967

            but good news; the billionaire you want to help so badly; just upped tix prices 200% in the bleacher patio; from 50-60 dollars tix to now the cheapest is 125 up to 200 dollars AND they are only for sale now in groups; which means there are now less tix for those of us that have supported this team thru all this crap beczu who would pay 200 bucks to sit in the bleachers??…but it’s just a ticket tax right?
            geez………

          • Tony_Hall

            Wrigley is going to change, and any way to increase revenue will be done.  You will criticize every move, so nothing new here.

          • Tony_Hall

            Once again, you are wrong.  They are not asking to use state and local taxes for the Wrigley upgrade.  They are asking for the amusement tax, added to each ticket at Wrigley to be used to help fund the renovations.  The only ones paying the tax, attend games.  They are not going to use general state, city or local tax funds.

            Also, the freezing is how they are planning to pay back the bonds.  All dollars above the current level, from Wrigley tickets, would be allocated to pay off the bonds.  In other words the city would still be getting all of the money they are getting know, and only the increase in the tax from the current level, which would come in due to increased prices (hard to believe but tickets will keep going up in all major league sports). 

            So, actually not all of these taxes are paid from U.S. citizens, as Wrigley has a large pct of fans from other countries, and to keep it more local, a large pct from other states.  This is a way to pay for the renovations using residents from other areas, who support the team.  

            I know you hate all things Ricketts, but this is a smart way to do this, if you take a step back and really review the info.

          • mutantbeast

            you know where I agree with 1967? Any time the govt creates a tax, they never disappear. Not once has the govt recinded a tax, unlessa public vote forces them to. 

          • mutantbeast

            not for a political discusiion, but any branch of govt is not a private entity generating there own income. Govt $ only come from taxes, whether they call them taxes or user fees. Thats one reason the private sector outperforms govt on economics. the private sector is not limited by scope.

  • Baron_S

    Neil,Tom U, Aaron, Tony 

    whats the real scouting report on this kid? Articles I’ve seen says 92mph fastball with a real plus curve….

    Prime Barry Zito, or Rich Hill?

    • cubtex

      Not a very impressive scouting report from baseball america. He doesn’t miss many bats and some believe his upside is as a #5 starter. Seems like alot of money for a pitcher with his upside.

      • cubs1967

        but team Theo signed him…….so he MUST be gold!

        ask most of this bleacher bum drunk on team Theo Kool-aid site bloggers………..well most of them.

        • Tony_Hall

          Actually he is just a prospect, who the market conditions dictated that it cost $7M, most likely 4 or 5 years.  Even at 3 years, it not that much money on the yearly budget.  Yet he didn’t cost a draft pick to sign, in terms of giving one up, or using a top pick to get him.  

          Will he ever pitch in a major league game…hopefully, but he has a long ways to go.  

          Here’s hoping he plays in Peoria this year!

          • cubtex

            I am all for adding more starting pitching depth. They need a lot of help in that area. I am just not thrilled. Time will tell….but he doesn’t miss bats and is not thought of as a future top of the rotation guy. I don’t feel as if this is very big news.

          • John_CC

            You’re right, it’s not really big news. I don’t think most think it is. He’s an 18 year old prospect. It’s not a lot of money. It’s pitching depth, a lefty kid with a lot of upside. Great.

          • cubtex

            Agreed. They need all the young pitching they can get.

          • cubtex

            I am all for adding more starting pitching depth. They need a lot of help in that area. I am just not thrilled. Time will tell….but he doesn’t miss bats and is not thought of as a future top of the rotation guy. I don’t feel as if this is very big news.

    • cubs1967

      a crapshoot…………for 7M.

      good luck and here’s hoping he’s not mark pawlek!!

      • John_CC

        All prospects are crapshoots.  $7M for 3 or 4 years or whatever it will be for a live armed, lefty 18 year old. But you have to make it into another big deal…another huge mistake. But earlier today you lamented not spending $10M on one year of Edwin Jackson. Go figure.

        • cubtex

          International scouts are questioning how this soft tossing lefty could command 7 mil. Like I said…not big news. He doesn’t have alot of upside.

          • John_CC

             Soft-tossing? Again, at 18 he had a 92 mph fastball. That’s a soft-tossing lefty?  Also said, by some*, to have a great curve and good change.

            While I’m not trying to praise this signing, I will defend it against all the downplaying. I guess I’m feeling contrary tonight … you understand that feeling surly. :)

            “I would not throw him into the major leagues yet,” agent Jaime Torres
            said. “While I think he can make it really fast, he is only 19. But this
            kid has good stuff, a great makeup and he’s extremely intelligent.”

            Big, tall, smart, young, left handed kid with a good fastball and curve. Let’s not pretend like $7M is a lot of money for this signing.

          • cubtex

            @BenBadler… Should have used the word “finesse” Alot of 86-90

    • Tony_Hall

      Let’s sure hope if it is Barry Zito, is pre-free-agency Zito, not rich Barry.

      Time will tell, but this being the last chance to buy prospects, I like this signing.

      • cubs1967

        and i figure what the hell….they did nothing to make the team better; its worse actually, so spend away…Soler would be good too; prob around 10M or so…not sure on Cespedes……age not helpful either on him.

        • Tony_Hall

          I would love to see them sign Soler, and feel Cespedes is the biggest risk, with the highest reward.  

          And once again, which top Free Agent would you like to add to this team, with the contract they received.  Remember, for the Cubs to win the bidding, they may have to go, one more notch higher than the player received.

        • RynoTiger

          actually I think they could have only made it worse by signing more US born college system players.

      • mutantbeast

        or in Spanish translation , billionaire Barry. Almost sounds like the old WWF lines about WCW cheiftain and Atlanta Braves owner Billionaire Ted Turner 12-15 years ago.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Baron, I posted one above. His fastball tops at 92 from what I have read/heard. His control and command is supposed to be excellent but he is only 19 years old.

  • Anthony

    I can provide napkins and tissues to clean up your mess.

    A HS aged pitcher, who did real well in the Cuban league, so that will tell you something about the Centipede.

    Cubs purchased a CG Cutter, to use as a shuttle from Habana to the DR

    Nice

    • John_CC

       Classic cryptic Anthony!

      What in Hell are you saying?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to Enrique Rojas, Concepcion’s deal is filled with
    incentives that could up the money to $8 million

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here is a translation of the Spanish article I linked to:

    While
    everyone hopes for the future of Yoennis Céspedes, another Cuban lot of
    projection already know at least what their horizon for the coming
    years.
    The
    left-hander Gerardo Concepcion recently signed a deal with billionaire
    Chicago Cubs, revealed a source close to negotiations. Financial terms have not yet been released.
    Several
    teams, including the Marlins, had attended the pitcher shows that their
    only National Series (2010-11) was elected to the Industrial Rookie of
    the Year after posting 10-3 record in 21 games for the whole capital. In episode 101.2 103 hits allowed, gave 43 and struck out 53 with an ERA of 3.36.
    “For days growing interest in Gerardo,”said the source. “But the Cubs were more willing to sign than the rest. They see the potential of the boy and that’s why we have taken the Major League agreement. Just 18 years, so they can work with it and turn it into a frontline pitcher. Left-handed, tall, strong. It has everything to succeed.”
    Born in Havana, Concepción left in May 2011 a delegation attending the traditional West Indian tournament in Rotterdam, Holland.
    With
    1.85 tall, Indian rookie is given a repertoire with a good curve and a
    slider efficient and, in his words, his main weapon is the control.
    A
    couple of weeks, though established Mexican residence had enough time
    training in the Dominican Republic and became a free agent known under
    the guidance of agent Jaime Torres, who has specialized in Cuban
    baseball players and represents, among others, José Ariel Contreras , Yuniesky Betancourt and Alexei Ramirez.
    Earlier
    this month, two Cuban players represented by counsel, Puerto Rican, and
    Carlos Martinez Balaguer Yasiel also signed agreements with the Cubs

    • Skeldor

      Billionaire Chicago Cubs, I know it’s a translation thing but that’s funny wording LOL

    • John_CC

       That is an entertaining read!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Updated 8:29pm CST – According to the Tribune, Concepcion’s deal is a Major League contract. If the report is correct, the Cubs will have to make a corresponding roster move to add Concepcion to the 40-man roster.

  • CROW

    Cubtex- Please explain to me as simply as you can what would have made you happy this offseason? I for one am one of the Theo suckers and think he has done a great job this offseason!

    • cubtex

      Ahhhh. Another Theo lovechild. If you have seen my posts…I didn’t bash ever move. The Theo Kool Aid drinkers think every move he makes is the best thing since sliced bread. I liked the Marshall trade. I am fine with the Maholm signing. I understand the need to cut ties with Z……but honestly…to call what Theo has done this offseason GREAT???? Really,you want to go with the word GREAT. He added a 3rd baseman who hit. 150..he added a RF who hit. 250….and 3 #5 starters. Do you care to change your grading?

      • cubtex

        And….I said I like Rizzo and backed that trade on this site as well.

      • gary3411

        Not doing something terrible is just as GREAT as doing something good.

        • cubtex

          Thank you Yogi Berra:)

      • paulcatanese

        Agree with you, don’t dislike Theo, but have not really been impressed so far this year with the progress.

        While I would be content with a .500 season, I dont think enough has been done to even get there.

        Theo’s hands may be tied this year, but these signings that depend on many of the players turning their carreers around just doesent make too much sense to me.

      • Mike Polzin

        cubtex. he was smart with what he did. he just signed a cheap 3rd baseman because he has 2 highhh prospect 3rd basemen that will enter the league at anytime and same with the right fielder with bret jackson and soler in the minors. u have to realize that we are rebuilding our franchise and the man knows what he is doing! and with the pitching we signed a couple of lower level starters but maholm has been decent so far and volstad has a been a complete bust but not every acquisition is going to go your way. it is just how the league works but however travis wood has looked great and graze could have a promising future if we do not trade him and picking up either cain or hamels can be just what we need. and just filling in those two slots shouldn’t be bad with prospects that we can get out of soriano or even a possible soto trade

        • Mike Polzin

          Garza. damn auto correct

  • cubtex

    On a sad note…Josh Hamilton had another relapse. Too bad. Addiction is a powerful disease

    • OttawaBob

      And its sad WHY?????????

      • cubtex

        Do you enjoy seeing drug addicts who are trying to stay sober…..relapse. It is sad….very sad!

        • Calicub

          its unfortunate that even in this day in age people do not understnad that drug addiction is a disease. while this cannot excuse the initial use of a drug, drug addiction, whether that drug be tabacco, alcohol, or an “illegal drug” is a battle that one will face everyday for the rest of their lives.

          • OttawaBob

            Well thats YOUR opinion.  5 postings on Josh’s sad sad drug relapse is enough. Lets get back to something far more important like Cubs baseball.

          • paulcatanese

            Sorry, If Cubs baseball is the most important thing in you’re life over those posts about another human, you need to get a life.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Paul,

            You have good sense. Thanks for the great post.

          • 43hopping

            I am sorry that Hamilton had a relapse and I hope he gets straightened out. Having said that addiction is not a disease. While addiction is tough quitting drugs ends the problem eventually. Calling drug addiction a disease is a slap in the face to people with cancer and other diseases. Unlike addiction people with cancer did nothing to cause the condition and they can’t quit it.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Correct! Addiction and disease are two different things. And if one never takes the first drink of alcohol, or the first hit of drugs, you’ll never be addicted to them. And it is very sad to see lives destroyed by sin. 

          • CO_Cub

            There sure are a lot of judgmental folks on this site.  To 43Hopping. .. so is lung cancer caused by a nicotine addiction less worthy of your gracious empathy?  Heart disease caused by obesity? (food addiction).  My point is that we have varying degrees of control over  a wide range of health problems/diseases including addiction, some cancers, STDs, heart disease.  But go ahead and try to take that self-righteous stance while staring a lifetime smoker/lung cancer patient in the eyes.  I dare you to call them a sinner while they effectively drowning their own lung fluid.  Sorry. . .I know this is a baseball site but I couldn’t let this kind of ignorance and self-righteousness slide without chiming in.     

          • mutantbeast

            A diesease(cancer, e.g.) is something that cant be stopped, they occur without notice often. An addiction, OTOH, is often a problem the addict created themselves. I helped my wife as a young woman overcome drug addiction, and thjankfully she overcame it. it takes willpower and support. Hopefully Josh Hamilton can turn himself around and renew his career success. 

          • paulcatanese

            Just now saw your’e post, you should be proud of both you and the wife overcoming drug addiction. Very difficult task and I applaud both of you, well done.

  • CROW

    I’m sorry that was suppose to go to Cubs 1967 more so than Cubtex. Yes I believe Theo and Jed have done great! Shedding money adding young inexpensive players with upside. and (talented fill in players such as K.wood,Maholm that help ease the pain of a possible rough season)  Not committing to any expensive veteran players on long term deals when we are clearly not ready to win right now.  Which is another reason you cannot just have your best young players play just to see what you have. Why would you start some of there clocks when they are not believed to be ready by the organization.  Adding Rizzo, Sappelt, Torreyes, and Concepion all Top 20 prospects in the organization, (sappelt is debatable) without a draft is pretty good.  I don’t believe anyone wanted to pay pena 8 million again this year for his defense, so with the exception of that our defense is probably better.  Taking risks on former top prospects (that are still young) that  have shown some ability at the mlb level in volstad, wood and stewart at a time like this, for this organization is exactly what you should do.  Getting draft picks for Pena and Aram, which I’m not sure every gm would have offered Pena Arb. was a great move.  So understanding that this is not the Yankees and that Mark Cuban is not our owner, We do have limited funds even if that limit is much higher than most MLB teams.  We still have to shed some bad contracts from the former regime. Ala Soriano,Dempster,Byrd,Zambrano and Pena(If penas 5 million was on this years payroll, which I’m pretty sure it is). So yes I’m very happy with this off season. Can’t wait to see what they do with a draft and some money to really play with.  Great for what they had to work with and the circumstance that we are currently in.  So once again I’d like to know what would have made Cubs1967 happy this off season? Great  Sorry for rambling so much

    • 43hopping

      Couldn’t have put it better myself CROW.
      I think the signing of any player(s) is a crap shoot and I think Theo is playing this game the smartest way. Remember nobody always wins when they roll the dice but those that play it smart have a better chance for success.

  • Aaron

    I have a couple of observations:

    -Cubs now have 10 lefties either guaranteed a 40-man roster spot, or on the cusp of doing so: T. Wood, Maholm, Beliveau, Russell, Gaub, Maine, Concepcion, Rusin, Miller, and Rowland-Smith…..that has to be the most in my memory. I mean, those are TEN lefties that have a legitimate shot of making the 40-man. I would say that Rusin and Rowland-Smith are on the outside looking in, but the rest of them are virtually guaranteed spots.

    What that means to me is that one of Gaub, Maine, Rusin, or maybe even Russell might be a part of compensation for Epstein or Hoyer, or offered up as trade bait in a bigger deal involving a veteran like Byrd, Soriano, Garza, etc.

    There has a to be a method to this madness is all I’m saying…I just don’t believe they would fill the roster with marginal talent like this if they didn’t have a bigger plan. I firmly believe Garza, Marmol, Soto, Byrd, and Wells should be traded….and traded NOW! And dealt for position talent and power arms…even if they are low-A guys. 

    -make no mistake about it…The signing of all the Cubans by the Cubs in recent years, and the recent 3 signings (Baleguert, Martinez, and Concepcion) is almost surely a precursor to landing better talent in Soler and Cespedes…or at least trying to attract them.

    -if the Cubs win the arbitration case tomorrow, Garza will almost surely be traded. If not, then they will likely extend him

    -I’ve already said this, but the guys in jeopardy the most for losing their 40-man roster spots (and not necessarily outright release but also possible trades just to get them off the roster, even if they get little to nothing in return), include: Cabrera, Coleman, Sonnanstine, Weathers, Baker, DeWitt, Byrd, Soriano, Campana, and possibly even Gaub.

    So who would replace them on the roster you might ask?….
    Carrillo, Corpas, Rowland-Smith, Rhee, Amezaga, M. Smith, B. Jackson, Ridling, Ha, and Miller would be my guess.

    -As for future roster composition, here’s a likely scenario in 2013:
    McNutt
    Samardzija
    Maholm (or acquired starter via trade/FA)
    L. Castillo (remember Hoyer’s original comments? They see him more as a starter, but he’ll be in the pen in 2012)
    Antigua

    Carpenter
    Dolis
    Kurcz
    Zych
    Beliveau
    Maine
    Mateo (or could be any number of guys)

    C-Castillo, Clevenger
    1B-Rizzo
    2B-Torreyes, Amaya
    SS-Castro, M. Hernandez
    3B-Vitters, Candelario (do not discount this guy, even though he’ll be just 18 next year. If he does well in 2012, he could land a spot in 2013)
    LF-Szczur
    CF-Jackson, DeVoss
    RF-Lake

    Obviously that will never happen, but it’s interesting to think about the future, as this is probably the first time in a very long time where something similar to this could actually happen…and that’s because I don’t believe for a second that Epstein and Hoyer would stand pat if they could improve the roster or prospect base, even if it meant trading existing prospects.

    -back to the original post though….I do NOT believe in this Concepcion guy from every report I’ve read. He seems to be a guy that’s in between Brooks Raley and Chris Rusin.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Aaron,

      As always, I enjoy your posts. Just this possible disagreement:

      You said, “There has to be a method behind the madness…” Well…I’ve watched Jed Hoyer, and I’ll tell you, that I am not sure that Jethro Bodine has a good grasp of sanity. Just look at his roster management! IN-EX-PLIC-CABLE!

    • woody34

      Aaron,

      With all the money they are saving by dumping contracts this year and next – you don’t think Team Thoyer is going to go after a Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, or Zack Greinke?  I personally think they are seeing what they have this year and going big next offseason when there are some real free agents that can really make an impact.  The Giants will sign either Lincecum or Cain, not both.  Philly is not going to sign Hamels considering they already tied up so much money in Lee and Halladay.  

  • Marvin Ferguson

    There appears to be a lot of scrambling going on for talent to secure a good Cub roster for 2012. As the Cubs continue to billed and start over i don’t think 2012 is going to be the year for the Cubs.