Phillies sign Cuban pitcher

The Phillies signed Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a 3-year, $12 million contract.

Gonzalez, 26, is expected to vie for a spot in next year’s starting rotation according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

Assuming the righthander wins that spot, he would join lefthanders Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee in the rotation. Righthander Kyle Kendrick and is arbitration-eligible after the season and Roy Halladay is headed for free agency. John Lannan, who also is arbitration-eligible, has a knee injury and was moved to the 60-day disabled list. The Phils could choose to bring him back on another 1-year deal in theory.

Among the growing list of things for Amaro and the Phillies to improve this offseason is their player development system. The first shoe dropped on minor league pitching coordinator Gorman Heimueller.

“Gorman has been informed he will not be back next year,” Amaro said.

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