Red Sox Acquire SS Gonzalez from Reds

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CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds have traded shortstop Alex
Gonzalez to the Boston Red Sox for a minor leaguer.

The Red Sox sent Class A infielder Kristopher Negron to the Reds on Friday.

Boston is in playoff contention, but recently put shortstop Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list. The Red Sox also cut shortstop Julio Lugo earlier this season.

Gonzalez is hitting .210 with three home runs and 26 RBIs this season. He played for Boston in 2006 and then signed a three-year contract with the Reds. The deal included a mutual option for the 2010 season.

Negron hit .264 with Salem in the Carolina League. The Reds also
promoted first baseman Kevin Barker from Triple-A Louisville.