Remember when Eric Patterson caused Lester to self-destruct against Seattle? So do I. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
That's a pretty perfect finish to the deal for the Red Sox. Eric Patterson really didn't have any room on the team with the Jed Lowrie/Marco Scutaro combo at shortstop and Mike Cameron in the outfield. Really, having his small salary and roster spot open up is something of a bonus to the Gonzalez deal.
Patterson, 27, was brought over to fill a utility role for the Sox last season, as the team suffered injury after injury. He brought some surprising power to the plate to go with his speed, hitting three triples and two home runs in his short time here, but was a huge strikeout risk and had some impressively ugly defense.