Report: Phillies, Gonzalez “Hit Snag” you are wondering where the big introductory press conference for Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is or when it is coming, it may be wise to not hold your breath. According to Todd Zolecki, the Phillies and the Cuban righty may have “hit a snag” in the process of bringing Gonzalez to Philadelphia.

Some scouts view Gonzalez as a potential number three Major League caliber starter while others believe he could be a solid middle reliever. The discrepancy in scouting likely is baked with hesitation from the reported two surgeries he has had to remove spurs in his elbow. Zolecki reports: “Scouts that have seen him pitch recently consider him a No. 3 starter in the big leagues.”

Even if the deal does not go through, there are many positives to take from this: the Phillies have become much more aggressive in the international market, signing slugging German teenager Julsan Kamara and are the favorite to sign 15-year old Dominican third baseman Luis Encarnacion according to MLB Trade Rumors.

If this door closes for the Phillies, one assuredly opens for a player like Ethan Martin, who made his debut against the Braves last weekend, the recovering Adam Morgan, who pitched five strong innings last night for Lehigh Valley, or of course Jesse Biddle.



  1. Mike in NJ

    August 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Please please please dear God let this deal fall apart. Please save RAJ and us from his stupidity.

  2. Double Trouble Del

    August 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Really, it seems that everything the Phillies have done or not done on or off the field has gone south. Why should this be any different. I speculated that this signing might have been preliminary move to a Lee August trade that might have netted some solid prospects. While I don’t think the MAG signing or non-signing should have an impact on trading Lee, it certainly does complicate matters as far as filling out an MLB rotation in 2014.

  3. George

    August 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve never held my breath on any signings until an actual announcement was made. Obviously, because that announcement hasn’t come yet, a bump was hit in the process.

    But whatever that bump might be is purely in the realm of conjecture, as would be Gonzalez’s success or failure in the ML. People who are praying for this to fall through have no clue whatsoever about the risks involved with ANY signing by ANY GM. Even players like Cespedes or Puig carried risk or everyone would have been bidding, not just a few teams. No team that I know of has ever improved without taking some risks.

  4. Hogey's Role

    August 7, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Hopefully they check into the medical issues and nothing becomes of it… hopefully they’ll get it done if so

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