MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that the Phillies will have Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez compete for a spot in the starting rotation during the spring if he’s healthy. The Phillies signed Gonzalez to a three-year, $12 million deal in 2013, but haven’t gotten much out of the investment as the right-hander has mostly been injured.
In 5 1/3 innings out of the bullpen in 2014, Gonzalez allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks.
Matt Klentak, the Phillies’ new GM, had this to say about Gonzalez:
“If he’s performing and he gives us the best chance to win, just like with any other player, we will give that player the chance to go out and compete,” Klentak said. “If he doesn’t, just as if anybody else doesn’t, we’re going to find the best guys to take the field and give us a chance to win.”
The Phillies recently acquired Jeremy Hellickson from the Diamondbacks but they are still trying to round out the back of their rotation and make sure they have rotation depth, a luxury which they did not have this past season. Only two teams got fewer innings from its starters than the Phillies did (892 2/3) — the Rockies and D-Backs.