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Phillies May Not Land Cuban Pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez According to Report

Aug 7, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

The Phillies have had a miserable 2013. There’s no denying that.

One of the lone moments of optimism occurred a couple of weeks back when word broke that the franchise had won the bidding war for Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. Well, now that move may have even gone sour. Ugh. Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki wrote last night that negotiations between the Phillies and the Cuban hurler have hit a snag and that a deal may not ever happen.

Since the agreement late last month numerous reports have mentioned scouts with questions about Gonzalez’s elbow. He had bone spurs removed from his elbow sometime within the past two years, although it has been written he had made a full recovery.

No official word from the team on anything about this situation, obviously, but this would simply be the latest bummer in a season full of them. Or perhaps it could be viewed as a positive for the organization in terms of not tying up $50 million in a player with less than a 100% clean bill of health.

>>Deal for Cuban might not happen at all [MLB]

USA Today Sports photo is not of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

  1. JD - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    I’m sure the Phillies will pass on him at the eleventh hour, citing a difference in opinon with Gonzalez’ attorney as to his true value.

    He’ll go on to get picked up by Boston or St. Louis or San Francisco where he’ll make the All-Star team in his second year and pick up a Cy Young by his third pro-season.

    The Phillies will over-pay for him fifteen years later through free agency after he’s had multiple injuries (including at least one Tommy John) and proclaim him to the fans as the “next big thing”.

    He’ll play out two-thirds of his contract coming outta of the bullpen (though he was signed on initially as a third or fourth starter) as a “long innings eater” and he’ll fade into obscurity either through a useless trade with the Dodgers/Marlins or as a guy who pops in at the alumni games.

    That’s how it usually goes around here.

    • BenE. - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Really…how it usually goes around here? Can you cite any other example of what you just said?

  2. Bradley - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Dude, he’s being a smart-ass. Take it with a sarcasm pill.

    • FP3 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      No Ben E super commenter does not understand sarcasm…! Does not compute !! Must react to every comment on the internet..!! DB

      • E.Ben - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        The guy is probably sitting on 20 different usernames to click the like and don’t like buttons too.

      • BenE. - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        +1 for everybody. It’s about time things started heating up again!

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