Left-hander Gerardo Concepcion, 18, fled his Cuban team in June while touring in the Netherlands and has been declared a free agent after establishing residency in Mexico, according to an MLB.com report. [Link]
The story lists the Phillies among 10 teams vying for the left-hander, who recently worked out for the Rangers in the Dominican Republic. Concepcion, who was named Rookie of the Year in the Cuban Serie Nacional in 2010-11, according to the report, joins Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler as young defectors drawing major interest around baseball this winter. The Phils, who have never spent big for international amateurs, are believed to have strong interest in Soler, but the cost is considered prohibitive. Concepcion's agent told MLB.com that his client has an offer on the table from a team and is likely to sign soon.