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Phillies Give Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez 6 Years, $48 Million… Wait, Who?

Jul 27, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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Bless their hearts. The Phillies may be mired in a season-worst six-game losing streak after falling 2-1 to the Tigers in Detroit on Friday night, but Ruben Amaro Jr. is still making moves. In this case though, we’re not talking about some chintzy deadline deal that won’t get this club over the top, but instead a move that may help them down the road.

The Phils agreed to a six-year contract worth $48 million with Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez late Friday night. The deal includes an option for a seventh year at $11 million for the 26-year-old right-hander.

We’re not moonlighting as Cpitching scouts for the Cuban League here at The700Level, so here’s the scoop on Gonzalez courtesy of Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, who first reported the deal:

Gonzalez, 26, wowed scouts after defecting to Mexico in February and rode the success of recent Cuban ballplayers as well as a change in international free agency rules to a payday that with bonuses would exceed the $56 million given to Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish. The guarantee alone beats the previous high for a Cuban, $42 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers to Yasiel Puig.

With a fastball that sits around 93 mph and recently topped out at 96, a split-fingered fastball and changeup that serve as his off-speed pitches, a cut fastball and a slow curve ball, Gonzalez’s varying array impressed scouts and executives who flocked to Tijuana to watch him pitch in workout showcases and games. During a handful of starts in the low-level Liga del Norte, talent evaluators saw the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Gonzalez as a mid-rotation piece who could contribute immediately, a factor that no doubt motivated Philadelphia.

Passan adds Gonzalez will report to the minor leagues, but could be pitching in the Majors by mid-August. Just in time to help with a playoff run!

>> Source: Phillies, SP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez reach deal near $60M [Yahoo!]

  1. caliphornian - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    I’ve waited a long time and saw a lot of other teams buy a lot of Cuban talent. I don’t know anything about Gonzalez or if he’s going to be worth the 48 large. But the fact that they’re out-bidding and winning against the MLB elite means the Phillies have a long-term plan to stay as one of the top teams.

    Shit still happens, injuries, 6 runs in 5 games. That happens to everyone.

  2. Charlie D - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    “…..the Phillies have a long-term plan to stay as one of the top teams.” Ummm, don’t you mean one of the top spenders? They certainly are not anywhere near being one of the top teams.

    • Hiccup - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      They are one of the top teams that happen to be mired in an extended downward slump whose elite players were either injured or traded and a manager who is on the hook for a lackadaisical philler squad executing a comedy of errors worthy of a blooper highlight reel on ESPN prime time starring Rubes and Dubee with a full cast of has beens and have nots.

      • sfsu - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:46 PM

        “and a manager who is on the hook for a lackadaisical philler squad”

        Love it. The guy has been proven to be a terrible in-game manager… when the Phillies have good players, people say “Charlie’s great! Look at how his ridiculous hat-dent motivates the lineup!!!”…when the Phillies have bad players, people say “It’s not Charlie’s fault!!! You can tell because I don’t pronounce the R in his name!”

        The manager hasn’t figured out how to identify a high-leverage situation, he doesn’t understand the value of a platoon, and he doesn’t understand the value of a walk (these are not problems unique to Manuel, but to pretend that Manuel is a strength and the players are the only weakness, is incredibly shortsighted).

        The players suck, the manager sucks, and the GM sucks. And that’s in reverse order of importance.

  3. Mac - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    According to jayson stark he’s a top of the rotation guy not middle.

    Also waive goodbye to cliff lee everybody cause that’s what this means. Neck stiffness out of the blue? Nice one phillies you’re not fooling anyone. Keep him on Ice and out if real injury danger until he’s traded.

  4. Mostel - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Great signing because it cost nothing but money. If this cheap ownership group would do this type of thing more often we’d be talking dynasty instead of slow fade. Baseball has no salary cap so spend spend spend. We’ve given these owners a ton of money beyond what they’ve laid out……….and given them tax dollars for their stadium. We need to be given better signings to buy our way out of mediocrity, luxury tax be damned.

    • Steve - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      Go get ‘em Johnny!

      • Paul - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:46 PM

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