Team president Larry Lucchino said on WEEI on Thursday that the Red Sox are looking “pretty hard” at Cuban free agent Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, 26, has been pitching for scouts for several weeks and is expected to arrive at a decision within the next week. Sox general manager Ben Cherington has seen Gonzalez pitch in person.
Gonzalez has not pitched in two seasons in Cuba and it’s uncertain how quickly he would be ready for a major league game. Signing Gonzalez also would likely require a multi-year deal worth in the ballpark of $50 million, likely more.
The upside for the Red Sox would be acquiring pitching depth without shedding prospects in a trade.
“Reaching into your pocket for your wallet is much easier. We have some really talented young players in our minor league system, and Ben Cherington guards them like his first-born child. He really does want to grow this team internally,” Lucchino said.
Gonzalez briefly played in Cuba with Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesias.