When it comes to international prospects, the Dodgers are thought of as the primary landing spot after they signed both Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu to lucrative contracts.
However, Cuban starting pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was available, but instead of shelling out over $50 million for him, Stan Kasten and company let him sign with the Phillies.
There were reports that the Dodgers were never really that interested, but Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com shed some light on why they passed on the 26-year old:
The Dodgers, like most clubs, weren’t sold that Gonzalez was more than a fourth or fifth starter or even a reliever. Also, for all the money the Dodgers have, they don’t want to build a $100 million rotation. They wanted to create opportunities for their younger pitchers like Zach Lee, Chris Reed and Ross Stripling.
After Gonzalez signed with the Phillies, the Dodgers turned their attention to Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero as they still are the favorites to land his services.
Starting pitching has been an issue due to injuries, but Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley are owed a hefty sum of money and they could re-sign Ricky Nolasco according to Rosenthal.
Ned Colletti also said the teams interest in Gonzalez was overblown and from all the reports, it sounds like he wasn’t worth the large sum of money he received.
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