By Dan De Feo
The Phillies have officially come to terms with Cuban pitcher, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, a month after the original principal agreement had been agreed upon. After health concerns and reports on his elbow brought the original deal to a halt, the Phillies and Miguel have been able to come to a new consensus for substantially less than the original supposed deal. The first contract was rumored to have been a six-year deal worth roughly $48M. The new agreement is a much more club-friendly contract for only three-years and $12M with a fourth year vesting option. The deal includes a signing bonus and additional incentives, but will be unlikely to reach the magnitude of the first contract.
In Miguel, the Phillies have a high-upside arm that could provide immediate impact on the starting rotation, or even strengthen a decrepit bullpen. The scouting reports on Miguel range rather drastically, with many scouts seeing him as a back of the rotation starter, but more likely a late-inning reliever. Ben Badler, the lead International reporter for Baseball America, provides optimism for the young righty. Gonzalez has decent size at 6-2, 185 pounds, …read more
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