Guy the Phillies Originally Wanted to Give $50 Million to Cannot Throw 40 Pitches

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When Cuban defector and supposed phenom Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was being pursued by the Phillies last year, reports had his contract offer being in the $50 million range. After getting a look at him in person and checking into his medical records, the Phils eventually signed him to a modified contract worth $12 million over three years. So, how’s he doing?

“Gonzalez was activated off the 60-day disabled list Tuesday and optioned to Double-A Reading.

He had been pitching the last few weeks for Clearwater on a rehab assignment out of the bullpen.

The Phillies, of course, signed him with the potential of him becoming a No. 3 starter in the rotation.

But Gonzalez was placed on the DL with right shoulder inflammation after a spring training in which he struggled with control and velocity.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Gonzalez was moved to the bullpen because he has not been able to keep his velocity or mechanics beyond 40 pitches.”

What this does mean, however, is that the guy they thought could be their third starter could end up being a set-up man or closer if Papelbon is dealt. Just don’t let him get caught in a long inning and throw forty-one pitches. Forty pitches only please. Because forty-one? That would be a disaster.

via Delaware Online

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16 Comments

  • BigMikeySmallz July 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Oh Hipster Jim… he of little faith… while I agree that the whole Gonzalez thing has been a disaster so far, how about toning down the dramatics on the whole 40-pitch thing? The guy is just coming off of the DL and is at least trying to work his way back (as opposed to taking the money and high-tailing it back to Cuba). There isn’t a pitcher in the Phils’ bullpen right now capable of throwing more than 30 pitches in an outing without wearing himself out so why bust this guy’s balls for his current progress? Low hanging fruit on a slow day?

    • Phineas Gage July 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Because the Phillies told us he was going to be a number three starter. Sure, every relief pitcher goes through a point in his career where he realizes he can’t hack it as a starter and has to go to the pen, but Gonzalez was brought here to be a starter. He’s in the pen because he’s incapable of throwing more than 40 pitches without the wheels coming off.

      • Harry Doyle July 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm

        Pretty solid comment from a guy who took an iron rod through the frontal lobe.

        Now if anyone needs me, I’ll be in the bag.

    • It's ye of little faith July 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Dumbass

    • Tim July 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Dear BigMikeySmallz,

      I have one question for you, are you an Idiot?? Everything you said makes somewhat sense until you said something along the lines of,”taking the money and high-tailing it back to Cuba….”

      The guy left Cuba like most anyone born there they would want to escape from Cuba you know being a communist nation and all. Taking 12 million and going back to Cuba would be the dumbest thing . Who the hell runs back to Cuba with 12 million….

  • .300 Monty July 3, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I have full confidence in Ruben Amaro Jr. and his staff of professionals.

  • megyn kelly's tits July 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    we get the only cuban who can’t pitch? phillies are cursed by a voodoo priestess.

  • Mr. Miyagi July 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Hey Rube, you know that whole “beat the bushes in Cuba and the DR” thing? Don’t do that. Just stay home and try not to break anything else.

  • Papelbra July 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Implying that Giles/Diekman aren’t going to be the closer/set up man combo in the next year or two. Speaking of set up man is Mike Adams dead?

    • Your Mother July 3, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      He just went on the 60 day DL. Again.

  • I'm a huge fan of sucking on pussy July 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    How the F does raj still have a fucking job in MLB

  • johnmatrix July 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    youre a funny guy sully, i like you. thats why im going to kill you last.

    • Remember When I Said I Was Going To Kill You Last? July 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      I lied.

  • dumb brown an the mendoza lines July 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    hey i saved us 38 mill fuck you yours truly ruben amaro

  • Hightide55 July 3, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Can anyone say “Kevin Kolb” #stealingmoney

  • Misty Missasmelli July 4, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I suck bone! This cuban POS that Rube gives millions, AJBurnedout get 16 mill for a year, no outfield power, old men signed for MILLIONS for YEARS, etc. RYNO seems like he has had too many concussions. BRING BACK WHEELS AND BAT HIM 3RD, BAT HIS TOUPEE 4TH. Have 3lb nose Howard clean out the dugout. Im MISTY AND IM A CLOSETED HOMOSEXUAL !

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