Initially, the Phillies and 26-year-old Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez agreed to terms on a six-year pact worth in excess of $50 million. However, that deal later fell apart, possibly owing to concerns about Gonzalez's elbow. Now, though, the two sides have reached a revised agreement: three years, $12 million, the Phillies announced on Friday.
Needless to say, that's a starkly different from the initial reported figures, and that almost certainly means the Phillies were able to leverage those reported elbow worries into a better deal from their standpoint.
"We are very pleased to have come to an agreement with Miguel," Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said in a statement. "He is someone our scouts have followed for several years and in our most recent observations of him he showed tremendous stuff. We are hopeful he will pitch out of our starting rotation for 2014 and beyond."
Gonzalez has been added to the 40-man roster and will now report to the team's spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla.