Phillies Officially Sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez – Phillies Nation

Phillies Officially Sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

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After many weeks of questions, the Phillies have finally sealed the deal on free agent Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. The team announced they’ve reached a three-year, $12 million deal with the 26-year-old. The contract includes a vesting/club option for 2017, a signing bonus and performance bonuses.

Several weeks back, it appeared they had inked him to a six-or-seven year pact, however, the organization never acknowledged Gonzalez. Then, there are questions. Why did it take so long to sign the deal? What was the cause of the major drop in dollars from the first reported contract to the one he settled on?

There had been a report that health concerns popped up pertaining to his elbow.

“We are very pleased to have come to an agreement with Miguel,” said 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.”

Gonzalez will report to the Phillies spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla.  To make room for him on the 40-man roster, left-hander John Lannan has been moved to the 60-day disabled list.

As of this writing, there has been no plan to pitch him in the majors just yet, although he figures to be a member of the Phillies rotation in 2014. This could end up being good news, as the free agent crop of starters is relatively thin and filled with 30-somethings.



  1. Pamikedc

    August 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I like this (new) deal

  2. Joe a

    August 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Anyone care to speculate what the odds are of the Phils retaining Doc before today and now? I have to think this signing and todays performance significantly reduce the odds.

    • schmenkman

      August 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      The signing gives the Phils 3 starters. Pettibone is probably another. Halladay could certainly be in the mix if he shows enough in September.

      • Hogey's Role

        August 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm

        I hope we resign halladay, depending on his starts the rest of this year, if he continues to look strong I say sign him to an incentive laden deal, possibly with options

      • wbramh

        August 31, 2013 at 12:58 am

        It’s demeaning to think that Doc could be battling John Lannan or equivalent for the fifth starter’s job in April. If that’s the case, I wonder how the team can justify retaining a 36 going on 37-year-old pitcher with diminished speed, diminished control and coming off of major shoulder issues. Roy’s release would be a crushingly sad day but I think that’s what we’re facing.
        I’ll go out on a limb and say Roy retires sometime between now and next May.

        I can’t tell you how much I hope I’m dead wrong.
        Personally, whenever that day comes I’ll feel the same as I felt when Robbie left town.

      • Lefty

        August 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

        wbramh, I don’t think it’s such a weak limb to go out on. I think Doc is a prideful guy, IMO- he won’t stick around if he can’t be effective at a high level. I hope he won’t be like my avatar was at the end of his brilliant career.

    • Ken Bland

      August 31, 2013 at 11:39 am

      the question is of speculating on odds about resigning is somewhere between ludicrous and ridiculous. Moronic seems to fit as well.

      Not exactly Siamese similar, but it’s comparable to going out on a date with a woman a couple times and being stupid enough to let lust take over and start thinking about what kind of long term wife she’d make.

      Once again, for the benefit of the blind and ignorant, the man is NOT a contract candidate at this time. He’s pitched 3 times in 4 months after SOME kind of surgical procedure, degree of which is best known by those of qualified medical expertise, not imaginative people on a message board who blindly stab at the operation with words like massive .

      All you know about the guy is they don’t make those qualified to overcome in any better model than this guy. Whatever quantity of time will tell is so out of perhaps even Doc’s control, it’s ridiculous.

      The only concerns about him right now should be

      a/ how he feels after pitching yesterday (PROBABLY fine)

      b/ his bullpen session which I guess is Sunday, maybe Monday

      c/ Wednesday against Washington.

      Unfortunately, you really can’t specifically plan on passing expertise judgement on if he’s contract worthy by year’s end. IF a continuation of what we’ve seen in his 4 starts continues, the answer is a pretty safe no. But he’ll still have interested parties, at least to the point of interest, which he should. But in that climate, the Phils should not lock in anything close to a serious financial commitment. But he deserves the physical time, and mental objectivity to work this through well beyond this point.

      But what a garbage question. I mean if you asked Doc, or any right thinking person in the middle of his experience that question, at best, you’d get a polite, circular answer. Just ridiculous.

      • "Big Ed" Delahanty

        August 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        “…not imaginative people on a message board who blindly stab at the operation with words like massive.” that would be me who used the word, “massive.” The etymology of my use stems from what my cousin, who once was the head surgeon at St. Agnes Hospital, told me. He said, any type of invasive surgery is the equivalent of an entire city being shut down for one day. The effects of an entire city being shutdown for one day is massive. That is why the recovery time is so long, even though you might be sent home the same day, you still are not right for awhile. However, Doc is not your average human in will nor stature, so recovery for him might be shorter. In the end, I agree with Ken, only Roy can determine how he feels or what he does, as far as playing, since his contract ends with us. Go Doc!

      • Ken Bland

        August 31, 2013 at 2:34 pm

        Terrific work, Ed.

        Now that, is a very acceptable response. And I’d be highly curious what your cousin thinks might be a good estimate timewise as to when Doc will be pitching however well he’s gonna pitch at this point Also, if in his opinion, if that opinion would be expected to be fairly common, or if he/(she?) thinks the guesses (semieducated though they might be would be without specific evaluation).

        Doc’s will might only go so far in offsetting time, per your other comment. Sometimes that stuff can get overhyped. At the end of the guesswork, a human body is a human body. Hall of Famer Sonny Hill once, when Wilt got hurt gave this articulate guess that Wilt’s metabolism was so unique he might be back a lot quicker than expected, but dangerously leaped forward and said because of that metabolism, Wilt might easily live to 100. Wilt died at age 63.

        I hope you’ll get back with ijmore from the cousin. No disrespect to what I assume is a busy schedule, but it’d be great to hear what seems likely to be a qualified view.

        Always remember to use words like etymology with a serious lack of expectation to whatever extent a comment might be directed at me. I can go to my left, but I cain’t do no vocabulary.

        On to today’s ball game since this message is already in progress. Utley’s hitting third again V the lefty. Rusin has yielded a .100 plus point higher OPS to righty hitters. The Phils haven’t faced him, so any pitcher versus hitter results career to date didn’t catch my scope. Nor am I aware of the fine points like what lefty pitching style and location Chase has success against of late, or Ruf, although I know Ruf’s had trouble with lefty pitching, perhaps due to a roll through a cycle. So I won’t apply definitiveness to this, but it doesn’t seem like a bad idea to spend the day with Ruf 3, Ut 5. We’ll see how it shakes out.

  3. Pamikedc

    August 30, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I agree w you @Joe

  4. David P

    August 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Funny. I did a google search on this today, wondering what happened. I figured the whole thing was kaput. Good news!

  5. Hogey's Role

    August 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    great sign by ruben, nice job

  6. extegokevisee

    August 31, 2013 at 4:07 am

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    • Ken Bland

      August 31, 2013 at 11:53 am

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  7. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 31, 2013 at 7:41 am

    A shorter, safer contract for less $! Dare I say it…Good move, Ruben. Most have been his baseball savvy twin that made the deal though. Lol.

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