Posted July 26, 2013

Report: Phillies sign Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to six-year, $50 million deal

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The Phillies have signed Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

The Phillies have signed Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a six-year deal worth $50 million, according to Yahoo! reporter Jeff Passan. The Boston Red Sox had reportedly been going “pretty hard” after the Cuban defector but lost out to the Phillies in pursuit of the 26-year-old righty.

Gonzalez was recently granted free agency last month by MLB after securing an unblocking license from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control. Gonzalez features a fastball in the mid-90s to go along with a changeup, forkball and curveball.

Gonzalez was suspended from Cuba’s national team for most of the last two seasons for trying to leave Cuba in order to play in the big leagues. Gonzalez fled Cuba earlier this year and landed in El Salvador before working out for big league clubs in Mexico City.


14 comments
BravesFourtwofivefiveFive
BravesFourtwofivefiveFive

Scouts who like Gonzalez rate him as about a No. 3 starter in the big leagues, Badler says, while others think he might be a back-of-the-rotation starter or low-leverage reliever. The 26-year-old is also fairly widely perceived as being big-league ready, or close to it, despite having not pitched much in the past two years after being suspended from the Cuban national team for trying to defect.  LOL AMARO

d3
d3

nice.  I'll take a LEE, Hammels, Miguel, Kendrick, Pettibone/Biddle  rotation next year.


if they get a stud offer for lee, hopefully they take it

JoeyBagadoughnutz
JoeyBagadoughnutz

every time i see an article on one of these guys, i think of my fav cuban restaurant in tampa a those cuban sandwiches with a side of black beans and yellow rice.  dang i miss that

Wvu9494
Wvu9494

He is being paid 8 million a year and all indications are that he is a stud

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

I agree with Aguilas, how about signing a Cuban that can rake?  I'd rather they sunk that $60M into developing international talent than sign this guy.  

Aguilas
Aguilas

That's awesome...how about somebody in the lineup that can hit the ball.  Looks like this season is about over.

Fifilo
Fifilo

A nice contrast to the all too common cuddled athlete stereotype: throwing away a gifted career over violence, drugs, or just plain jerkiness. Hey, that reminds me, where is Jeff George these days?

6marK6
6marK6

Make sure you send some home to the Castros, mijo.

Wvu9494
Wvu9494

Does he have any brothers that play 1st, 3rd, or SS?

BravesFourtwofivefiveFive
BravesFourtwofivefiveFive

Lol 8-10 million a year for a 3-5 rotation starter who basically ahsnt pitched the past 2 years.  Amaro keeps giving

BravesFourtwofivefiveFive
BravesFourtwofivefiveFive

@Wvu9494NOT  Scouts who like Gonzalez rate him as about a No. 3 starter in the big leagues, Badler says, while others think he might be a back-of-the-rotation starter or low-leverage reliever. The 26-year-old is also fairly widely perceived as being big-league ready, or close to it, despite having not pitched much in the past two years after being suspended from the Cuban national team for trying to defect.