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Phillies revise deal with Cuban pitcher

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The Philadelphia Phillies reached a revised agreement with Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez after an earlier deal fell through.

Originally, the Phillies agreed to terms with the 26-year-old on a six-year contract worth more than $50 million. But the deal was nixed by the club, possibly due to concerns about the health of the right-hander's pitching elbow.

The two sides revised the deal, which has been reduced to three years and $12 million, the club announced Friday.

"We are very pleased to have come to an agreement with Miguel," Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said in a statement. "He is someone our scouts have followed for several years and in our most recent observations of him he showed tremendous stuff. We are hopeful he will pitch out of our starting rotation for 2014 and beyond."

Gonzalez was added to the 40-man roster and was expected to report to the team's spring training facility in Clearwater, Fla.
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