PHILADELPHIA -- Fans still waiting to hear if the Phillies have signed Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez should not hold their breath.
MLB.com reported nearly two weeks ago that negotiations between the Phillies and Gonzalez had hit a snag after word spread July 26 they had agreed to a six-year, $48 million contract that included an $11 million option for 2019.
Little has changed recently, but if the deal happens at all, it might happen at less than the $48 million previously agreed upon.
The Phillies have said nothing about Gonzalez since the story broke, repeatedly declining comment any time they have been asked about the Cuban. But since the agreement leaked to reporters, numerous reports have mentioned scouts with questions about Gonzalez's elbow and health. He had bone spurs removed from his elbow sometime within the past two years, although it has been written he had made a full recovery.
It would help the Phillies to have Gonzlaez in the fold, if he is healthy and as good as advertised. Scouts consider him a No. 3 starter in the big leagues, which means he could potentially slide behind Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee next season.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less