What to make of Red Sox' interest in MIguel Alfredo Gonzalez?

Rob Bradford
July 26, 2013 - 7:50 am

The scouting reports for Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez are all over the place. They range from pegging the 26-year-old Cuban as a guy who might be able to step in and help immediately, to a work in progress. This much we do know: the Red Sox are interested in acquiring the right-hander's talents. It was a notion that was reinforced by the statement from Sox president Larry Lucchino telling the Dennis and Callahan Show that his team was looking "pretty hard" at the free agent pitcher. '€œThere are a lot of clubs in baseball that have scouted him, to be sure,'€ Lucchino said. '€œHe'€™s been on display in Baja California and now is available, after the appropriate approvals and licenses and whatever, so that the auctioning can begin.'€ The fact that there isn't a universal opinion on Gonzalez should come as no surprise. This is usually the way the world when it comes to Cuban players, with opinions flying all over the place. Remember Yoenis Cespedes? There was more than one organization that thought the A's were crazy to offer the outfielder a major-league deal. Heck, the Red Sox weren't even in on the chase for current Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig. Regardless of the variety of opinions, there certainly seems to be enough teams interested (Lucchino called it "an old fashioned Dutch Auction") that Gonzalez is going to be paid handsomely. It's the kind of investment the Red Sox seem comfortable at least entertaining. Here is the scouting report from Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesias, who played with Gonzalez with Havana five years ago: "He's kind of like [Clay] Buchholz in his style. He used to be like [Buchholz], same physique, everything." Asked if the pitcher's personality was conducive to making the adjustment to Major League Baseball, Iglesias said, "Absolutely. He's a good guy, hard worker." Then comes this from an American League evaluator with considerable history with Gonzalez: "There is a lot of debate over his ability as he has been seen a lot in the international scene over the years with mixed results. He has pitched with an average to a bit above average fastball as a starter, and a plus fastball as a reliever. His curveball and slider are much of the same most of the time, with a different variation of speed. The slider version has been the most consistent over the years. He also throws a changeup and a splitter with the splitter being most effective. He has also started to throw a cutter. His best international outing was three years ago in the World University Games when he faced Team USA. Since then he experienced some arm troubles, but appears to be completely healthy now. If the amount of money he sigs for is anywhere close to as high as it has been rumored, he will be a starter in the major leagues. However, I think his best role will be out of the pen." So, what do you think? [poll id=62]