Red Sox trade for Reds' shortstop Alex Gonzalez

[Note by Randy Booth, 08/14/09 2:27 PM EDT ] According to WBZ, the Sox trade Kris Negron to the Reds for Gonzalez.

He's back!:

The Red Sox have completed a trade with the Cincinnati Reds, bringing shortstop Alex Gonzalez back to Boston.

Gonzalez is not expected to join the team until tomorrow in Texas. The most likely move would involve the Sox releasing infielder Chris Woodward to make room for Gonzalez on the roster.

Gonzalez, as Red Sox fans will recall, is an excellent defensive player who should sure up the team's defensive issues on the left side of the infield. His contract calls for a $6 million club option next season, meaning the Sox will have the right to retain to his services.

I love it and I don't even care who the Sox give up for him (OK, maybe a little bit). But Gonzalez is a strong defender that will sure up the left side of the infield. I don't care if he's hitting .210 -- I just want his glove.

I'm going out to buy my Alex Gonzalez shirt right now since I missed my opportunity in '06.

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