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Red Sox complete deal with SS Alex Gonzalez

BOSTON --The Boston Red Sox finished up their deal for
slick-fielding shortstop Alex Gonzalez on Friday, plugging their
last big hole after a major offseason upheaval.

A baseball official, requesting anonymity because the deal was
not yet announced, told The Associated Press that it was done.
Gonzalez, who spent his first eight major league seasons with
Florida, will reportedly get a one-year contract worth $3 million.
If he is waived before March 15, he would get about $500,000.

The deal had been rumored for months, but it won't become
official until the Red Sox file the contract with the
commissioner's office. As of Friday night, the contract had not
been filed.

Gonzalez fills the hole left when Edgar Renteria was traded to
the Atlanta Braves this offseason for third base prospect Andy
Marte. Marte was shipped to Cleveland in a deal for outfielder Coco
Crisp, who will replace Johnny Damon in center field with Boston.
Damon signed with the New York Yankees as a free agent.

An All-Star in 1999, Gonzalez batted .264 with five homers and
45 RBI last year for the Marlins. He had 16 errors compared to the
30 committed by Renteria in his only season with the Red Sox.

Gonzalez also helped the Marlins win the World Series in 2003.