Originally the Phillies beat out the Red Sox in a bidding war. They supposedly signed Gonzalez to a six year, 59 million dollar deal. But, the original deal hit a snag, and they continued to negotiate the contract with Gonzalez. Today, the Phillies signed the pitcher to a much less 3 year, 12 million dollar deal with a vesting option for 2017.
The Phillies, not known to go all out on international prospects, took a risk here. Obviously, every team take somewhat of a risk when signing these prospects, but with the production of Jose Fernandez, Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes, and Aroldis Chapman, the Phillies wanted to get into the mix on these guys.
I think Gonzalez career will be fun to see, and how competative he will pitch will come from his first start in the minors. Phillies fans can just hope that this is a change of strategy and that Ruben Amaro Jr. is trying a new strategy to keep the Phillies above the competition.