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Gonzalez in demand

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  November 16, 2006 08:12 PM

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Former Red Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez has received a three-year $15 million deal from an undisclosed team.

Major League sources indicate that the team could be either the Chicago White Sox, who are looking for an alternative to Juan Uribe, or the Cincinnati Reds. The Red Sox did not make an offer, nor did the Toronto Blue Jays, who also covet Gonzalez.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has always admired Gonzalez' glove and with a potent lineup would be able to hide his offensive shortcomings.

The Red Sox, along with the Chicago Cubs, have strong interest in Julio Lugo, who once played for Lou Piniella, now the Cubs manager, in Tampa Bay. Lugo will not be re-signed by the LA Dodgers, who acquired him at the trading deadline.

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