BALTIMORE — The Red Sox indicated from the beginning they never wanted to break the bank on Miguel Gonzalez. Why? For one there were red flags on the Cuban righthander’s medicals. He’s had elbow issues.
Secondly, the Red Sox, who according to a major league source were indeed the runner-up, have plenty of good pitching prospects, some of whom project better than Gonzalez.
In the end, the Phillies had the greatest need and signed him to a 6-year, $48 million deal that included a vesting option of $11 million first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. The Red Sox would never have gone to a potential fifth year having already been burned on the Daisuke Matsuzaka contract where they bid $51 million and handed out $52 million over six years.
The Red Sox also didn’t feel that Gonzalez could have helped the team this season during their pennant drive.
The money saved, however, could now be spent on acquiring a major pitcher like Cliff Lee or Jake Peavy. The Red Sox also appear to be in need of some offense and may also be seeking a righthanded hitter like Michael Young, Hunter Pence or Alex Rios.