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The Blue Jays signed 2-time, former-Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez today to a one year deal with an option. So, the Sox' quest to fill that moves on with one answer: Gonzo won't be back.

The Sox seem to have (rightly) decided that they cannot start next season with Jed Lowrie as the starter. I still think that a healthy Lowrie can be a very good major league starting infielder. He can really hit and doesn't make many mistakes on offense. I remember when he was in the minors the talk was as if he was a switching hitting Pedroia with more power. Yet, his calling card thus far with the Sox has been defense. That said, he's been injured a lot so far.

The best option for the Sox is Marco Scutaro. He had a career year last year at the age of 34 with the Blue Jays. With the Jays moving on to Gonzo, Scutaro is truely a free agent. His age will keep the price and length reasonable. His career as a utility guy (career games by position: 3 at 1B, 306 at 2B, 98 at 3B, 415 at SS, 14 at LF, and 4 at RF) and his high on base skills make him a perfect Sox. He could start until (if) Lowrie makes the Sox switch starters. If that happens, he'd be a great utility man. His age will keep the the contract short enough that he won't stand in the way of future star, 19 year old Cuban ex-pat Jose Iglesias.

If this doesn't work out, the Sox will either need to sign someone from an unspectacular list including Miguel Tejada, Khalil Greene, and Orlando Cabrera. Or they go with Lowrie, a Wish, and a prayer. After Scutaro, my money would be on going with Lowrie with a cheap good-fielding backup like former-Sox Alex Cora or Adam Everett.


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