The Phillies made a significant investment in their future Friday night, reaching agreement with Cuban free-agent right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, according to a major-league source.
The news was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who said that the deal would be for more than $50 million over six years, with a chance to reach $60 million, including bonus money.
Gonzalez, 26, impressed scouts in a series of recent workouts, and also drew interest from the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers, among other clubs.
Some scouts believe Gonzalez could contribute in the majors this season, but he has not pitched competitively since 2011. He was suspended for attempting to defect, and also underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow during that time.