Phillies sign free agent Cuban pitcher Gonzalez
After a stalled process, the Phillies have agreed to terms with RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.
First reported back in late July, the team was said to be close to inking the 26-year-old Cuban pitcher - who at one point was suspended for trying to defect - when things hit a snag earlier this month. Today, however, the Phillies have announced a three-year, $12 million deal with a vesting option for 2017.
“We are very pleased to have come to an agreement with Miguel,” said GM Ruben Amaro. “He is someone our scouts have followed for several years and in our most recent observations of him he showed tremendous stuff. We are hopeful he will pitch out of our starting rotation for 2014 and beyond.”
The deal is for far less than Gonzalez was originally said to be offered ($48 million for six years). No word yet on what is the motivation for the deal being trimmed.
Gonzalez, who will be heading for the Phillies' complex in Clearwaterr, had a spot on the 40-man roster made available due to John Lannan being shifted to the 60-day DL.