With the Phillies seeing a losing streak hit six games to sink the club five games under .500 and having them fall farther back in the NL East and wild card standings, the general consensus is the Phillies should start to recognize themselves as sellers with the trade deadline coming up in just a few more days. But as we have learned, the Phillies are indeed buyers it would seem.
The Philadelphia Phillies were the highest bidder for Cuban right handed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, according to multiple reports. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who was first to report the news Friday night, the Phillies agreed to terms on a six-year deal valued up to $59 million. As Passan notes, that would be the richest contract ever for an international player. The Phillies have not announced anything about this move, but that could just be a matter of time.
Here is what Passan says scouts are seeing in Gonzalez;
With a fastball that sits around 93 mph and recently topped out at 96, a split-fingered fastball and changeup that serve as his off-speed pitches, a cut fastball and a slow curve ball, Gonzalez's varying array impressed scouts and executives who flocked to Tijuana to watch him pitch in workout showcases and games. During a handful of starts in the low-level Liga del Norte, talent evaluators saw the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Gonzalez as a mid-rotation piece who could contribute immediately, a factor that no doubt motivated Philadelphia.
The Phillies have plenty of areas to improve on with this roster. Most of those concerns are found in the bullpen, outfield and corner infield positions. Starting pitching is always good to have stocked. As we have seen first-hand though, even those pitchers need a little help from the bats. While adding Gonzalez may be nice, there still needs to be a plan to improve the offense.
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