PHILADELPHIA – A person familiar with the deal said the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a contract with Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.
A hard-throwing righty, Gonzalez defected to Mexico earlier this year and worked out for scouts in Tijuana. His deal reportedly is worth $60 million over six years, which would make him the highest paid international player.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Phillies hadn’t made an announcement. Yahoo Sports first reported the deal.
YANKEES: Where in the Yankees universe is Derek Jeter?
The New York Yankees aren’t saying. The 39-year-old captain was eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, but he was sent to play in a simulated game at a location Manager Joe Girardi wouldn’t disclose.
Girardi said the Yankees wanted Jeter to test his strained right quadriceps without interruption.
Jeter wasn’t at the Yankees’ minor league facility in Tampa, Fla., where Alex Rodriguez was rehabbing his strained left quadriceps on his 38th birthday.
Also, Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner was scheduled for an MRI on his shoulder. He was not in the lineup against Tampa Bay.
ANGELS: Slugger Albert Pujols returned to Los Angeles for further testing on his ailing left foot.
“This is sorer than anything he’s dealt with,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ll just see what happens.”
Scioscia would not address if Pujols could miss the rest of the season, or at the least go on the disabled list.
Pujols has been dealing with plantar fasciitis all season. He re-injured his foot running to first base after singling in the ninth inning Friday night.
CARDINALS: Left fielder Matt Holliday was activated from the 15-day disabled list and started against the Braves. Holliday had been out of the lineup since July 12 with a strained right hamstring.
TIGERS: Slugger Miguel Cabrera was back in Detroit’s lineup after missing four games because of an injured left hip.
Outfielder Torii Hunter was also back after sitting out Friday’s game against Philadelphia with a sore left Achilles tendon.
DODGERS: Left fielder Carl Crawford was scratched from the starting lineup after going to the hospital to check out a high temperature and a fever.
“He was feeling a little iffy yesterday, having some fever,” Manager Don Mattingly said. “He kind of played through it.”
“He’s taken antibiotics but his temperature ran back up, so they just ran him down” to the hospital, Mattingly said.
“It’s fairly precautionary and I think we’ll be OK with him.”