Finally, Gonzalez Signs with Phillies

gonzalezIt looked for a few weeks like this might never happen.

But this afternoon the Phillies announced they had signed Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a three-year, $12 million contract. The deal includes a vesting/club option for 2017, plus signing and performance bonuses. If you remember, the Phillies and Gonzalez agreed July 27 to a six-year, $48 million deal with an $11 million option for 2019. But reported Aug. 6 the deal hit a snag and could be in jeopardy.

It is believed the Phillies had some concerns about his health following his physical. Gonzalez had bone spurs removed from his right elbow relatively recently.

That is the only reason to explain why the deal dropped from $48 million to $12 million.

But if Gonzalez is healthy and is as good as scouts think he is, he should help the 2014 rotation behind Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.

“We are very pleased to have come to an agreement with Miguel,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. “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.


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next year – Lee, Hamels, Gonzalez, use Doc’s option and get one more year for him, Pettibone as our 5th. Move Martin as our set up man. Bullpen is Rosenberg, Diekman, Pap, De Fratus in the pen. still up in the air about Cloyd, Horst, Jimenez, and Ramirez. I actually feel pretty good about that.

From $48 million over six years to $12 million over three years because of bone spurs in the elbow? Really?

I agree, something smells funny

Good point, Pherris. I was wondering about that when I heard the news. Two things: less money for fewer years AND he still ended up signing with the Phils. There HAD TO BE other teams who would have offered more years and money. Maybe the Phils found his real birth certificate and it says he’s 31 years old……

The Dodgers get Puig. Rube gets Gonzalez. How many of you guys have any faith that Amaro finally got one of these right?…….[sound of crickets in the background]….. I thought so. Me, too….

Erich, I have no problem with guy at $12 million for 3 years if, as I have read, he is a number 3 or 4 type of pitcher. What makes me shudder is the thought that Ruin was all set to sign him for twice both the annual salary and the number of years. Ruin can count on the gullilbility of both Phillies fans and Philadelphia baseball writers by throwing big numbers out there. If a player cost a lot, he must be good.

True. I still think there is something wrong with him, as you posted earlier. Maybe he will require surgery and not play next year, which would explain the low cost per year for him to pitch the following two years. We’ll have to wait and see, but with RAJr.’s trck record, that means waiting and seeing when the kid’s arm falls off……

I’m not necessarily shocked at the Michael Young trade to the Dodgers, but I am shocked at how difficult it is to find out the details of the trade. It looks like Rube just dumped his salary off on the Dodgers. I haven’t been able to find out anything about any prospects the Phils may have acquired. Even the LA Times has no mention of the trade yet 9:00pm Pacific Time

Erich…..One of the blogs said; “The #Phillies have traded INF Michael Young and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league LHP Rob Rasmussen.”

Here’s what I found about Rasmussen on the Dodgers’ site. They have him listed as their #19 MLB prospect :……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Scouting Grades* (present/future): FB: 5/5 | Curve: 5/5 | Slider: 5/5 | Changeup: 5/5 | Control: 5 /5| Overall: 5/5 ……………………………………………………………………………….
The Dodgers drafted Rasmussen in the 27th round in 2007, but he opted to attend UCLA. Five years later, the Dodgers landed Rasmussen in a trade with the Astros, who had acquired the lefty from Miami in the Carlos Lee deal. His fastball sits in the low-90s, which he complements with a curveball, slider and changeup. All four of Rasmussen’s pitches are average Major League offerings. His small frame (he’s listed at 5-foot-9, 160 pounds) will raise questions about his durability, but he has thrown more than 140 innings in both of his two full professional seasons. Rasmussen has a good feel for pitching and profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter.

I just want to say:Thank you Michael Young for your short time in a Phillie uniform. I appreciate everything you did to keep this team from being 20+ games under .500. Good luck out here in LA!

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