CLEARWATER, Fla. - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the highest-ticketed foreign free agent in Phillies history, will start his second-straight season in the minor leagues.
The Phillies signed Gonzalez in August 2013 after he defected from Cuba to a three-year, $12 million contract. The 28-year-old struggled in five appearances this spring. He allowed 12 runs and 25 hits in 14 1/3 innings. Gonzalez allowed four runs and eight hits in his last outing.
He was optioned Sunday morning to triple-A Lehigh Valley along with righthander Hector Neris. Righthander Paul Clemens, catcher Koyie Hill, and infielders Chris McGuiness and Chris Nelson were reassigned to minor-league camp.