Here's the latest out of the NL Central:
- The Chicago Cubs have officially announced the signing of Cuban pitcher Gerardo Concepcion to a five year major league deal. They signed the lefty about a month ago, and it was reported then that the contract is worth $7M guaranteed, with around $1M in incentives.
- Cubs GM Jed Hoyer declined to comment to reporters on another Cuban player, Jorge Soler. The highly sought after outfielder has not officially become a free agent.
- According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, the Cardinals will turn to in-house candidates if Chris Carpenter misses a large chunk of the season due to a bulging disk in his neck. The Cards have four pitchers in their bullpen -- Lance Lynn, Marc Rzepczynski, Kyle McClellan and Mitchell Boggs -- with extensive starting experience. If the Cards decide they don't want to mess with their world champion bullpen, they could bring up minor leaguers Brandon Dickson or Shelby Miller to fill in.