The Philadelphia Phillies are in mourning for the second time in less than a month.
Former Phillies pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was killed in a car accident in Cuba on Friday. The Phillies sent out a tweet with the news, though there were no specifics on exactly what happened.
The 34-year-old Gonzalez had defected from Cuba in 2013 and was one of the most sought-after players in years to come out of the island nation. Gonzalez played for a Cuban team from 2004-2012, and through those years had a 3.78 ERA.
He signed with the Phillies for an amazing $48 million over the life of the six-year contract, a pretty hefty sum. The contract called for a seventh-year club option for $11 million.
But the deal was restructured when the Phillies discovered Gonzalez — thought by scouts to be a mid-rotation candidate — had arm trouble. He ended up settling for a 3-year, $12 million deal.
He had a solid debut season in 2014, pitching well in the minors and appearing in six games for the Phillies. But his arm problems surfaced, and he never pitched in the majors again. He was released in 2016 and has been out of baseball since.
The club is still mourning the death of pitcher Roy Halladay who was killed in the plane crash earlier in November.
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