Alex Gonzalez Is Reacquired by the Boston Red Sox

Alex Gonzales is headed back to Boston. (Getty Images)
The Boston Red Sox apparently just can't get enough of Alex Gonzalez.

The shortstop, who spent time with the BoSox during the 2006 season, is headed back to the Green Monster to finish out the season, as Boston attempts to plug up the hole in their infield.

Gonzales, who had been playing for the Cinicinatti Reds, was traded in exchange for young prospect Kris Negron, a minor leaguer. The Reds also paid the Red Sox $1.1 million in cash for the trade.

From an article at the Boston Globe:
His contract calls for a $6 million club option next season, meaning the Sox will have the right to retain to his services. Gonzalez has the right to reject the option and become a free agent, but it is unlikely that he would do so.

Gonzalez is having a subpar season even by his standards, batting .210 with three home runs and a .554 OPS in 68 games and 270 at-bats. But he remains as surehanded as ever at shortstop, with just six errors, eight fewer than Nick Green, who has seen the brunt of the playing time at the position for the Sox this season. Gonzalez has a .977 fielding percentage, .022 higher than Green's. The Red Sox have scouted Gonzalez for a couple of weeks and believe he is still a good defender, though not at the level of 2006.

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