Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Phillies waived $12 million Cuban pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, but no team wanted him


Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has been such a disappointment since the Phillies signed him out of Cuba for $12 million last offseason that they dropped the right-hander from the 40-man roster and placed him on waivers … and no other team claimed him.

Philadelphia’s pitching staff isn’t exactly stacked, but Gonzalez blew his chance to make the team by allowing 12 runs in 14 spring training innings. He pitched reasonably well in the minors last season with a 3.13 ERA and 54/26 K/BB ratio in 46 innings spent mostly as a reliever, but he was also 27 years old facing Single-A and Double-A hitters for much of that action.

Gonzalez originally agreed to a $48 million contract with the Phillies, but worries about the health of his arm nixed that deal and led to the $12 million signing. And now it looks like even that reduced price was a ripoff. He’ll remain in the Phillies organization at Triple-A, but is no longer on the 40-man roster.

One tweet that sums up the state of the Philadelphia Phillies

Grady Sizemore

Grady Sizemore is 32 years old, hit .233 with a .654 OPS last season, hasn’t had an OPS above .725 since 2009, and is batting .147 this spring.

Sure, why not.

Google Maps made Edwin Jackson miss his start Tuesday and things went downhill from there

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As if enough things haven’t already gone wrong for Edwin Jackson during his time with the Cubs.

Jackson showed up too late to start yesterday’s game against the A’s because Google Maps sent him to the wrong ballpark. I’ll let Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com explain:

“I actually put it in Google Maps and typed in ‘Oakland Athletics spring training complex,’” Jackson said. “It took me to the old one. I know, it’s crazy, but, yeah, that pretty much sums it up. A crazy, crazy way to start a day.”

Jackson left before the team bus and wound up at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, which is now home to the Arizona State University baseball team. The Cubs still keep a Mesa mailing address by the Tempe/Scottsdale border, with Google Maps saying Sloan Park is 3.6 miles away from Hohokam Stadium.

Because he was late the Cubs had Blake Parker pitch the first inning and then Jackson entered the game later, at which point he allowed eight runs in 1.2 innings of work.

Jackson has two years and $22 million left on his contract, but after back-to-back awful seasons in Chicago he’s not even a sure thing to get the No. 5 spot in the rotation. At this point–warning, bad joke coming!–the Cubs wish he couldn’t find Wrigley Field.

Domonic Brown has had an Achilles’ tendon injury “for a couple weeks”

Domonic Brown

Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown left Thursday’s game with soreness in his Achilles’ tendon and afterward revealed that the injury has been bothering him for about two weeks.

They’re saying tendinitis. … I feel pretty good at the plate. I don’t want to miss any time, but this is part of the game, also. I’m definitely frustrated for sure. It seemed like we were going in the right direction, it was getting a little bit better.

It’s particularly frustrating for Brown because he’s trying to bounce back following a very rough 2014 that saw his OPS drop nearly 200 points compared to his All-Star campaign of 2013. He’s scheduled to undergo further testing on the injury.

Report: Phillies willing to pay teams $50 million to take Ryan Howard

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Ryan Howard has two years and $60 million left on his $125 million contract and Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that the Phillies are willing to cover $50 million of that money if a team trades for him.

That sounds like a lot and it is, but it also means any team trading for Howard would still have to commit to paying $10 million for two seasons of a 35-year-old, poor defensive first baseman who slugged just .380 last season and has a combined .720 OPS during the past three seasons.

Howard has essentially been a replacement-level first baseman for a long time now, meaning teams can typically find his level of production–low batting average, decent power, .700 OPS–in lots of first basemen available for minor-league deals and waiver claims every year. Those guys cost $500,000 per season, not $5 million.

My guess it that if the Phillies are truly committed to moving Howard they’re going to need an injury to cause some team to get desperate or they’re going to need to essentially eat his entire contract while also requiring a low-level prospect in return.