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Phillies hit a snag in $50 million deal with Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Aug 7, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez AP AP

Two weeks ago the Phillies were said to have agreed to a six-year, $50 million deal with Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, but the contract has yet to be announced officially and apparently it may not actually happen now.

For their part the Phillies have said absolutely nothing about Gonzalez one way or another and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the agreement “hit a snag.” Zolecki speculates that Gonzalez’s history of elbow problems could be the issue.

Gonzalez is widely viewed as a potential mid-rotation starter and MLB-ready at age 26, so if the signing falls through the Phillies’ pitching plans would change quite a bit for 2014 and beyond. As of two weeks ago the Red Sox were believed to be the runner-ups for Gonzalez, so it’ll be interesting to see if they get back in the mix now and if his price tag will be lower.

  1. chaseutley - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Ryan Madson, Part Dos

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      You know, I’d like to say Ruben was smart in Madson’s case, but he simply chose a different wrong signing for a “proven” closer. So he was lucky and dumb at the same time.

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