For weeks it’s been rumored that the Dodgers were the front runners for Cuban defect Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez since they were prepared to offer him a five-year $50 million contract.
The Dodgers sent scouts to Mexico City to watch Gonzalez throw and his agent, Jaime Torres who also represents Yasiel Puig, said that a decision was likely to come this week.
However, according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, the team has pulled out of the chase for the 26-year old starter:
“The Dodgers are not pursuing Cuban free-agent pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, according to a baseball source. Speculation has persisted that the deep-pocketed Dodgers, after the success of Cuban defector Yasiel Puig, have offered a contract for as much as $50 million for Gonzalez, a right-hander. But the source insists the Dodgers are not part of the process.”
The report coincides general manager Ned Colletti stating that he felt the Dodgers didn’t need another starting pitcher, but also could signal a renewed interest in Yovani Gallardo or Cliff Lee.
With the recent success they’ve had in international scouting it made perfect sense for the Dodgers to go this route, but it sounds like they’ve turned the page on him.
In acquiring Ricky Nolasco from the Marlins and choosing between Stephen Fife or Chris Capuano for the fifth spot, it sounds like the Dodgers are more interested in trading for relief help.
While the bullpen was solid in the series against the Nationals, they’ve been rumored to be heavily scouting a trio of Brewers relievers. Francisco Rodriguez would be the target as the former Angel is having a great season in the closer’s role with the Brewers.
Regardless, Colletti feels that the rotation is good enough and that the Dodgers have other needs to fill out as the trade deadline moves closer.