Well, as of Aug. 30, that lucrative deal became official, and it’s nowhere near that $50 million mark. In fact, Gonzalez signed a three-year, $12 million contract with a vesting option in 2017.
The signing of Gonzalez is essentially an insurance plan. The Phillies were smart in signing this pitcher, especially to the lowball amount previously stated. With Roy Halladay’s shoulder still in question and Kyle Kendrick having the option to leave the City of Brotherly Love, the signing of Gonzalez allows the Phillies’ rotation to stay afloat if those guys were to leave.
Considering Gonzalez has no prior USA or MLB experience, his talents are questionable. However, after reading scouting reports, Gonzalez has a fastball that tops the 90-mph range, with off speed pitches consisting of a change-up, curveball and forkball.
The next question is if Gonzalez will enter the big leagues this year, or possibly make some starts in the Phillies minor league organizations? Gonzalez will have the opportunity to start multiple times in the month of September if called upon by Ruben Amaro Jr. or Ryne Sandberg.
Time will tell if this acquisition was a smart one, but considering the price they got him for and the possibility of two current starters leaving, this is one of the better moves they could have made. Shall he make an immediate impact, it will only be an added bonus for this team.