|An injury to Jed Lowrie and ineffective play by veteran Julio Lugo prompted the Red Sox to go outside the organization for help. They traded high Class A middle infielder Kris Negron to the Reds for veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez.|
|Kris Negron, ss
Age: 23. Position: SS (76 G), 2B (31 G), CF (4 G), RF (2 G).
Born: Feb. 1, 1986 in Willingboro, N.J.
Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 180. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Cosumnes River (Calif.) CC.
Career Transactions: Selected by Red Sox in seventh round of 2006 draft; signed June 9, 2006.
Negron moved back to his amateur position of shortstop this season after recently spending a lot of time at second base. He has swiped 97 bases in four pro seasons, showing his above-average speed, but for a player who doesn’t hit for power (.355 career slugging) and isn’t a pure shortstop, he comes up a bit short in the hit department.
|Red Sox Acquire|
|Alex Gonzalez, ss
Age: 32. Contract: 1 year, $5.375 million remaining, plus 2010 club option.
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.