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Ken Rosenthal

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Alex Gonzalez is going back to Boston. The Red Sox have reacquired their shortstop from 2006 in a trade with the Reds, agent Eric Goldschmidt confirmed to FOXSports.com on Friday. As part of the deal, the Reds will send $1.1 million to Boston to help offset some of the salary still owed Gonzalez. The Red Sox, meanwhile, will send second base prospect Kris Negron to Cincinnati. Negron, 23, was batting .266 at Class A Salem. Nick Green, the Sox's current starter at shortstop, is batting .130 with a .219 on-base percentage and .239 slugging percentage since June 24. "Green's stepped in and kind of saved the day for us," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "What he's done has been admirable. Without him we'd be lost." Jed Lowrie, a possible alternative, is on the disabled list with numbness in his left forearm. "Alex is a great shortstop," Lowrie said. "He has great hands. He plays great defense. That's the business. I'm not playing and they need someone else to step in. That's part of it." The Red Sox showed brief interest in infielder Bill Hall, who has been designated for assignment by the Brewers and last played shortstop in 2006, sources say. Gonzalez, 32, is trending in the opposite direction after missing all of last season due to a compression fracture in his left knee and five weeks earlier this season following surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Upon returning on July 24, Gonzalez went 1-for-21. But in August, he has batted .306-.366-.444. And the Red Sox were enamored of his defense when he played for the team in '06. The Reds, 13 games back in the NL Central, were open to trading Gonzalez because they recently added payroll by acquiring Blue Jays third baseman Scott Rolen, and will save approximately a half million dollars, even after paying the Red Sox $1.1 million. "A guy who can catch the ball like Gonzie is probably really going to help us," Francona said. "That's the whole idea. ... This does nothing to diminish how we feel about (Lowrie) but at the same time we've lost him a couple times. There's no guarantees. I think we need to protect our season. ... We're just trying to win right now." The Associated Press contributed to this report
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