As expected, the Red Sox have exercised their 2010 option on C / 1B Victor Martinez while declining their option on SS Alex Gonzalez. The ballclub now has Martinezùwho was acquired from the Cleveland Indians at the trading deadline for RHP Justin Masterson and pitching prospects Nick Hagadone and Bryan Priceùunder contract at $7.1 million for 2010. Martinez, 30, was a hit during his two-month stint with the Red Sox, batting .336, with eight HR and 41 RBI, in 56 games with the Sox. For the season, he hit .303, with 23 HR and 108 RBI in 155 games. Meanwhile, the Sox declined their $6 million on Gonzalez, though it seems very likley he will still end up the Red Sox starting shortstop on Opening Dayùat a lesser cost. A-Gon is primarily known for his glove and likely wonÆt command anything ...
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