Starting pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is the latest Cuban name to be generating buzz in the MLB. Alex Anthopoulos and Paul Beeston need to go to Rogers and get the money necessary to bring this 26-year-old to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Seven teams have been known to be scouting him, and he has just been cleared to sign with a Major League club. It would be prudent for the Jays to take a serious look at Gonzalez (meaning setting aside the $60 million dollars, putting it in a suitcase and trying to talk themselves out of it) especially when one considers the talent level of recent Cuban imports like Aroldis Chapman, Yasiel Puig, former Blue Jay Adeiny Hecchavaria and others, and the team’s struggling starting staff.
Furthermore, if the Scott Feldman trade is a barometer for the starting pitching market, a long-term contract for Gonzalez is more attractive than losing some key prospects or Major League talent for an unproven return.
Sure, $60 million is a lot of money to spend on a relatively unknown pitcher. The same could be said for spending $42 million on an unknown outfielder named Puig. It’s possible that making the adjustments to the speed of the Major League game, adapting to American life, and other considerations could adversely affect Gonzalez’s performance.
However, if we focus on what we know, we know that spending $12 million a year on a Major League pitcher with a track record does not guarantee success (see: Josh Johnson, R.A. Dickey) and therefore, I feel that if money has been earmarked for an acquisition, why not focus on Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.
It’s not a bad risk to reward scenario as all Rogers has to lose is money. One bad contract is not going to break the team. As attendance figures seem to be suggesting by the growing number of spectators in the stands, spending money on players is a good way to get the crowd excited and, who knows, it may just work.
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