Phillies sign Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

The bidding for Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is over, and the winner is the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo. Gonzalez's contract with the Phillies is for six years and $50 million, with incentives potentially pushing the deal to $60 million. (UPDATE from Passan: it's a six year, $48 million deal that could be worth as much as $59 million)

The 26-year old Gonzalez is reportedly major league ready according to Jose Contreras, another Cuban defector who spurred a bidding war. Philly beat out the Red Sox for Gonzalez's services.

Opinions on Gonzalez are all across the board. In his scouting report on Gonzalez, Bill Badler of Baseball America believes that Gonzalez has the ceiling of a #3 starter and the floor of a long reliever, which is one hell of a spread. Gonzalez has four pitches, including a forkball, and his fastball generally sits in the mid-90s.

We really won't know much about Gonzalez until he starts playing organized ball in the States. But for him to get a larger contract than Yasiel Puig, Aroldis Chapman, Yoenis Cespedes, and every other Cuban defector in history, there has to be something that the Phillies saw that makes them confident he can slide into their rotation in the near future.

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