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Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez isn’t getting any closer

May 27, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

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The Phillies signed right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a three-year, $12 million contract last August after he defected from his native Cuba and were hoping that he would be prepared to join their active major league roster — preferably as a member of the starting rotation — during the early part of the 2014 season. But it’s almost June and Gonzalez seems only to be taking steps backward.

The hard-throwing 27-year-old did not look very effective this spring in Phillies camp and then came down with shoulder problems in late March. Now, according to Matt Gelb at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Gonzalez is experiencing a bout of dead arm on his minor league rehab assignment with the High-A Clearwater Threshers. He had allowed seven earned runs in 9 1/3 innings over three appearances at Clearwater, so the whole effectiveness things remains an issue beyond the injury stuff.

Gonzalez is heading to Philadelphia this week to meet with club physicians. “Hopefully it’s nothing serious,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told the Inquirier on Tuesday afternoon.

  1. areyesrn - May 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    thank you RAJ

  2. zengreaser - May 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Rube actually made a couple decent moves this offseason (resigning Chooch, bringing in Byrd & Burnett). Signing MAG was a low-risk/high-reward situation. $12M/3yr deal is nothing for this club. If he never pitches, oh well. If he does, he’s cheap. I can’t give RAJ a pass for previous seasons’ roster moves, but he actually improved the team this offseason… which is kinda sad.

    • phillies816 - May 28, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      I had no problem with the signings of Chooch and Burnett. I understand Amaro is desperate to try to get one more decent season out of the core players. I would have hit the reset button on this team last year but it is what it is. The Byrd signing wasn’t terrible, but I would have signed Nelson Cruz instead. Amaro is in WAY over his head

  3. kingscourt25 - May 27, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Of course Ruben signs the one Cuban that sucks

  4. eagles512 - May 27, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    You can say Burnett/Byrd weren’t bad signings but Amaro’s issue is for 3 straight years he has built the worst bullpen and bench in baseball. He has no idea how to build a complete team. There are 3-4 guys on the team that wouldn’t be on any other team in baseball. He needs to go.

    • zengreaser - May 28, 2014 at 1:36 AM

      The back-end of the bullpen is actually pretty good. If it weren’t for Paps’ contract there would be nothing to criticize there; even with his dip in velo, he’s pitched quite well this season. Mike Adams, while old, has been good. Jake Diekman is the real deal. He’s still inexperienced, but he has nasty stuff. Even Bastardo is competent. That leaves Manship, Hollands, and DeFratus as the less-than-desirables of the bullpen. There are worse bullpens in the bigs. As for previous years, it’s kinda hard to devote good dollars to a bullpen when you have 3 guys in your rotation making $20M or more a year. Can’t argue the bench though. Was a mistake to let Frandsen go. Can’t do much about that now.

    • esracerx46 - May 28, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      Only thing worse than Amaro being Phillies GM is Commisioner of baseball. Which is somehow a possibility.

  5. phillies816 - May 28, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Amaro is a flat out nitwit. He almost gave this guy $48 million before someone talked some sense into him. Amaro was just ranked as the worst GM in all of MLB and for good reason. The Phillies will be back to inserting free or discounted tickets into packs of Phillies Franks in a couple years. Fire Amaro and hire Arbuckle back and apologize to him because he should have been the choice over Amaro to begin with. I never thought it was possible that Amaro would be a worse GM than he was a player but I have been proven wrong.

    • zengreaser - May 28, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      That’s just plain false. The $48M was the deal for perfectly healthy MAG. And he would have been worth that if he was completely healthy (because that’s kinda the going rate for Cuban ballplayers these days). But his physical showed potential problems (which are coming into play right now) so Ruben adjusted the offer to that of a $12M. I’m not an Amaro apologist, but you can’t make absurd insinuations like “Ruben was trying to give a broken-down pitcher $48 but someone had to stop him!!!”

      • phillies816 - May 29, 2014 at 7:39 AM

        Actually it’s true. The deal agreed upon was for $48 million. I was right. You were wrong. Have a good day Mr. Amaro,. A little dramatic are we? http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130726&content_id=54909612&vkey=news_phi&c_id=phi

  6. eagles512 - May 29, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Diekman has potential but should not be pitching in big spots yet. He has blown too many leads/ties. He needs to be a 6th inning guy until he grows into the role. He obviously is in over his head in close games right now. But with this pen, he can’t be a 6th inning guy. And Manship, Hollands, and DeFratus are not major leaguers whatsoever. Only Hollands could eventually be.

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