Phillies have signed Cuban pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to a 6 year $50 million dollar contract that could be worth up to $60 million with bonuses and incentives. Gonzalez is expected to make a few starts in the minors before joining the Phillies rotation. The 26 year old has a fastball that hangs around 93 mph but recently it has been seen topping out at 96 mph.
What does a singing such as Gonzalez do for the Phillies heading forward? Well for one it opens up the trade possibility of Cliff Lee. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has said that he didn’t want to trade Lee in weeks leading up to the trade deadline but recently he has loosened the belt on Lee’s availability to other teams. It is being reported that a few teams are actively perusing Lee and have made offers to the Phillies.
Who’s else might the Phillies deal at the deadline? Utley, Michael Young, Papelbon, and Ruiz are figured to have the highest chances of being traded by Wednesdays deadline. However would the return for Young and Ruiz even be worth it? For Utley, might the Phillies keep him if no team sends an offer good enough to pry away the fan favorite and tender him at the end of the season? Papelbon is owed a lot of money and Detroit may be a prime destination for the reliever as they chase that World Series. We’ll find out soon enough.