Phils sign Cuban pitcher for 3 years
CHICAGO -- The Philadelphia Phillies have signed Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a $12 million, three-year contract.
General manager Ruben Amaro announced the deal during Philadelphia's game against the Chicago Cubs on Friday. The team says it includes an option for 2017 and signing and performance bonuses.
The 26-year-old Gonzalez defected to Mexico this year and worked out for scouts in Tijuana. The hard-throwing right-hander has a fastball that reaches the upper 90s.
"We are very pleased to have come to an agreement with Miguel," said Amaro in a release. "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 Philly's spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla.
Left-hander John Lannan was moved to the 60-day disabled list to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Gonzalez.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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