The Phillies confirmed the sad news on Friday:
The Phillies are saddened to learn about the passing of former pitcher Miguel Alfredo González. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) November 24, 2017
Gonzalez was just 34 years old.
After defecting from Cuba in 2013, the Phillies reportedly signed Gonzalez to a six-year, $48 million deal, with an option for a seventh year at $11 million. The Phillies never officially confirmed the signing because there were injury concerns regarding Gonzalez’s arm. Shortly after, both parties agreed on a three-year, $12 million deal.
In 31 Minor League games spread out across single, double, and triple-A in 2014, Gonzalez posted a 3.11 ERA. He made his Major League debut for the Phillies on September 3 of that year, appearing in six games after rosters expanded. He was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 5 1/3 innings.
Gonzalez battled arm trouble throughout 2015, appearing in only six Minor League games; he was released by the Phillies days before the start of the 2016 season.
It’s been a month of mourning for the Phillies’ organization; Gonzalez’s death follows the November 8 passing of the legendary Roy Halladay.
Another one gone too soon. Rest in peace, Miguel!