Thursday, June 27, 2013

Will Red Sox Give Big Bucks To Cuban Righty?

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports, Ben Cherington was the only GM in attendance during last week's workout for free-agent Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez in Tijuana. The 26-year old starter is no rube—he has three years under his belt in the Cuban 'pro' league. Of course, he missed most of the last two seasons—suspended for trying to skip out of Castro's "Socialist Paradise". Good for him! Gonzalez is not subject to the same contract limits of most international free agents—due to his advanced age and experience. So, he goes to the highest bidder ($60 million range?). BenCher's presence suggests the Red Sox will be major players for this guy. The 6'3" righty has a mid-90s fastball, a change-up, a spilt-finger and (reportedly) a wicked curve.