Unhappy with Gonzalez, the Sox attempted to lock up a long-term shortstop for the third season in a row. Following the 2006 season the Sox turned to free agent Julio Lugo, signing him to a four-year contract that was worth $36 million. In that season (one where the Red Sox would go on to win the World Series), Lugo played in 147 games (third on the team) and batted .237. Cora saw most of the other starts at shortstop.
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