Red Sox Decline Option On Alex Gonzalez

The Red Sox have declined to pick up Alex Gonzalez's $6MM option, writes Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe.  However, the club may still have interest in bringing back the 32-year-old on a lesser salary.

Gonzalez posted .284/.316/.453 in 44 games with the BoSox in 2009.  Including his play in Cincinnati, Gonzalez turned in a UZR/150 of 10.5.  Fangraphs estimates that his total body of work in '09 was worth $2.4MM.

With Gonzalez eligible for free agency, Boston does not have a full-time shortstop on the roster.  GM Theo Epstein "all but acknowledged" that Jed Lowrie's injury history has cast doubt on his ability to handle the brunt of the workload.

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