Report: Phillies Sign Cuban Defector to Record Contract Print article Send a Tip from AP 27 Jul 2013 post a comment (AP) AP Source: Phillies sign Cuban pitcher By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA A person familiar with the deal says the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a contract with Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. 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 Friday night because the Phillies haven't made an announcement. A hard-throwing righty, the 26-year-old Gonzalez has a fastball that reached the upper 90s. The Phillies have lost a season-worst six straight games and are falling rapidly out of postseason contention. Yahoo Sports first reported the Gonzalez deal.