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Shortstop is signed

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  February 3, 2006 05:22 PM

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Shortstop Alex Gonzalez's signing with the Red Sox became official this afternoon when his contract was filed with the commissioner's office and players union by the team.

Gonzalez signed a one-year, nonguaranteed $3 million contract. Gonzalez is in Venezuela playing for his native country in the Caribbean series.

His agent, Eric Goldschmidt, said he also plans to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

The acquisition completes a makeover of the Red Sox infield, with Gonzalez becoming the double play partner of new second baseman Mark Loretta and being reunited on the left side with his former Marlin teammate, Mike Lowell. The Sox will have Gold Glove defenders at both corners: Lowell at third, and J.T. Snow backing up Kevin Youkilis at first.

Gonzalez doesn't have the hardware but was called by former manager Jack McKeon ''as good as anyone, just not as flashy." In each of the last two seasons, Gonzalez has made 16 errors; that total of 32 is just two more than Renteria made last season.

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