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Another possible candidate for Sox bullpen?

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  August 10, 2010 05:12 PM

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According to a major league source, the Orioles put lefthanded reliever Mike Gonzalez on trade waivers today. He becomes another possible relief candidate for the Red Sox if the Orioles are inclined to trade him.

Gonzalez missed most of the season with shoulder problems but has looked healthy in his last nine appearances dating back to July 22; he's thrown 8 1/3 innings and allowed two runs in that span. Gonzalez was signed to a two-year deal in the offseason to be Baltimore's closer, but it didn't work out after he struggled early and then went on the DL.

The Sox are still looking for a bullpen piece, preferably lefthanded to go along with Daniel Bard. Gonzalez would be a good choice, but there are no indications whether the Orioles would entertain a deal or whether they put him on trade waivers routinely as most teams do.

The Red Sox could put a claim on Gonzalez in the next 48 hours. It would appear some of the contending teams would all have some levels of interest.

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