The deal for Gerardo Concepcion was announced in early February, now it’s official. The Cubs have agreed to a five-year major league contract with the 20-year-old Cuban prospect. The delay in officially signing Concepcion can be pinned on Concepcion establishing free agency, contract language, and physicals. Concepcion will now report to the minor league camp instead of the big league camp to get in shape, and Hoyer said that there is a good chance that he will see some Spring action near the end of camp. The contract details are as follows, Concepcion is guaranteed $6 million in the deal. There is a $3 million signing bonus with the other $3 million spread out over the length of the contract, which is five-year.
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Right handed pitcher Rafael Dolis, 24 has looked impressive so far this spring and he, like many other young players are hoping to make a good impression with the new Cubs brass and make it a hard decision to send him back to the minor leagues. Continue reading “Dolis Looking to Impress”
Yes Cubs fans, you read that correctly, and it’s not up for discussion according to Cubs skipper Dale Sveum, “It’s Bryan LaHair’s job, and it’s not his to lose. It’s his job and the guy has earned the right to have it and he’s earned the right for me to have a lot of patience too if he’s not getting off to a good start.” As Dale Sveum begins to dive into his first camp as the Cubs manager, he is starting to piece together what the opening day lineup will look like. Much to the surprise of many, the first decision that was made was that of Brian LaHair not only starting at first base, but hitting 4th, arguably the spot in the lineup for a teams biggest run producer. Cubs fans got a taste of LaHair at the end of last season, and one could say that LaHair’s performance was one of the few bright spots in a very dark season. In 59 at bats last season LaHair hit a respectable, if not solid .288 with a .377 on base percentage. That type of on base percentage was unheard of for a Cubs player last year given the complete lack of discipline and patience at the plate from the team as a whole, in fact LaHair’s OBP led the team, not counting Steve Clevenger who only had 4 at bats.
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Another Top 100 Prospect list came out this week, this one from Baseball America. Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez once again show up on the list, as they have done with the previous lists as well. Jackson ranked 32, Rizzo at 47, and Baez came in at 61. According to Baseball America the Cubs have a fourth in the top 100. Matt Szczur not only made the list, but made it easily as he came in at 64. It seems like a lot of publications either love him and are very high on him, or they don’t like him much and are much lower on his potential.
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Last week Jonathan Mayo, of MLB.com released his list of Major league Baseball’s Top 100 Prospects. Matt Moore and Bryce Harper sit atop at spots one and two respectively, while Cubs outfielder Brett Jackson, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, and shortstop Javier Baez cracked the 2012 list. Below is a quick look at these fine Cub prospects, as well as the entire Top 100 list.
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