Alex Gonzalez Makes His Glorious Return to the Red Sox

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IAugust 14, 2009

BOSTON - JUNE 27: Alex Gonzalez #11 of the Boston Red Sox plays a ball against the New York Mets on June 27, 2006 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Red Sox shortstop in 2006 returns to Boston for the stretch run.

You remember Gonzo.

The kid who played just one season with Boston before signing as a free agent. He couldn't hit very well, but he was pretty with the glove.

Gonzalez is hitting .210 with the Cincinnati Reds so far this season. Gonzo also has three home runs with 26 RBI, a .256 on base percentage with a slugging percentage of .296 for an OPS of .554.

During the 2006 season, which he spent with the Red Sox, Gonzo hit .255 with nine home runs and 50 RBI. Gonzalez also had a .299 OBP with a slugging percentage of .397 for an OPS of .695.

Gonzalez was on the infamous 2006 Red Sox team, which had the league's best defense, but finished third in the AL East.

Gonzalez has lost some of his offensive prowess, and a step or two on the defensive side, but he should help solidify the turbulent shortstop position for Boston.

When Gonzalez is added to the active roster, Chris Woodward, who was picked up on Aug. 2 from Seattle, will likely be designated for assignment.

I don't think the acquisition of Gonzalez will help the Sox much in the long run. Gonzo could help off the bench as a defensive replacement for late in games, but other than that, I don't see Gonzalez fitting in very much.