Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, whose $48 million contract with the Phillies was reworked into a $12 million contract because of concerns about the health of his arm, is now sidelined with shoulder problems.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Gonzalez complained of soreness during a throwing session Tuesday and the Cuban right-hander was scratched from today’s scheduled start, with further examination slated for Thursday. Meanwhile, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Salisbury that Gonzalez is “day to day” and “we don’t think it’s anything alarming.”
Even before being shut down with these shoulder problems Gonzalez was having a lackluster camp, getting underwhelming reviews on his raw stuff and struggling in games.
Lots of injured pitchers in Phillies camp, although at least the latest news on Cole Hamels’ shoulder problems is positive.
The Reds announced on Wednesday that the club and pitcher Raisel Iglesias agreed to a three-year contract. Iglesias had been on a seven-year, $27 million contract signed in June 2014 and had two years with $10 million remaining. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the new contract is worth $24.125 million, so it’s a hefty pay raise for Iglesias.
Iglesias, who turns 29 years old in January, has gotten better every season pitching out of the Reds’ bullpen. In 2018, he posted a 2.38 ERA with 30 saves and an 80/25 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. Over his four-year career, the right-hander has 64 saves with a 2.97 ERA and a 359/106 K/BB ratio in 321 2/3 innings.
Iglesias gets little fanfare pitching for the Reds, fifth-place finishers in each of his four years, but he is certainly among baseball’s better relievers. Signing him to a new three-year deal gives them some certainty at the back of the bullpen in the near future.
There was a bit of confusion regarding his previous contract, which allowed him to opt out and file for arbitration if eligible. Iglesias has three years and 154 days of service time, so his new contract essentially covers his arbitration-eligible years.