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Phillies sign Cuban pitcher Miguel Alredo Gonzalez to revised deal at $36 million discount

Aug 30, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez AP AP

Back in mid-July the Phillies and Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez reportedly agreed to a six-year, $48 million contract, but that deal fell apart over concerns about the health of his elbow.

Today the Phillies announced that they’ve officially signed Gonzalez, but the contract is for three years and $12 million, with a vesting option for 2017. That’s a helluva discount and, considering Gonzalez remained a free agent after the initial deal fell through, suggests the Phillies weren’t the only team worried about his health.

Before the injury issues popped up Gonzalez was generally viewed as a potential mid-rotation starter and someone capable of getting to the majors very quickly at age 26, so if he stays healthy the Phillies may have gotten themselves a bargain by not shying away from the risk.

  1. cheeks9441 - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Sounds like Gonzalez needs a new elbow. Or more likely, a new agent.

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  2. Old Gator - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I’m delighted when I can get two bottles of Sambazon Acai juice at Publix for $5.00 – that’s about a $1.00 discount on two. Knock another $36 million off the price and, hell, I’ll buy a carton of the fucking things.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Wow.

    Think of how many bad contracts they can hand out with all those savings!

    • chew1985 - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      This is progress, you see. They have gone from signing old guys with mysterious health issues to signing young guys with mysterious health issues.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 30, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        So…somewhere in the middle they sign Benjamin Buttons?

  4. prrbrr - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Can he hit?

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      No.

      But neither can Delmon Young. Didn’t stop them from signing him.

  5. kvanhorn87 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Roll out the red carpet for all the trolls…an actual semi-favorable Phillies related post. Defenders of justice everywhere rise up.

    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      Hey man, Aaron’s just writing the goods, straight up.

      Now to check to see if the goods are damaged, kind of like buying tools at the pawn shop.

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