The Red Sox have declined their $6 million option on shortstop Alex Gonzalez for 2010, a major-league source confirmed. As a result, Gonzalez is now eligible for free agency. The news was first reported by boston.com.
Despite the decision to decline the shortstop's option and instead pay him a $500,000 buy-out, the Red Sox have expressed some interest in bringing back the 32-year-old at a lower guaranteed salary. Gonzalez hit .284 with a .316 OBP and .453 slugging mark, five homers and 15 RBIs in 44 games for the Sox after Boston acquired him in a trade with the Reds in mid-August, his second stint with the Red Sox (after he spent the 2006 season in Boston). On the year, Gonzalez' combined numbers between the Reds and Red Sox were .238/.275/.355.
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FOXBORO -- Tom Brady connected with Randy Moss on a short crossing pattern that turned into a 71-yard go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter as the Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins, 27-17, at Gillette Stadium. Steve Gostkowski had four field goals, including three in the first half, and Laurence Maroney had a 1-yard touchdown run as the Patriots (6-2) took 16-10 lead into the locker room. Miami (3-5) took a brief 17-16 lead by driving 66 yards in 10 minutes to open the second half. Pats center Dan Koppen suffered a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. Brady finished 25-of-37 for 332 yards while Moss had six catches for 147 yards. For complete coverage of today's game, visit the football blog It Is What It Is.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have announced their inactives for today's game against Miami. They are Julian Edelman, Fred Taylor, Jonathan Wilhite, Sammy Morris, Eric Alexander, Rich Ohrnberger, Matt Light and Jarvis Green. Just signed this morning off practice squad, cornerback Kyle Arrington is active for the Patriots and available to play today. For the Dolphins, Tyler Thigpen, Kory Sheets, Channing Crowder, Andrew Gardner, Lydon Murtha, Patrick Turner Quentin Moses and Jason Ferguson are inactive. For more, visit the football blog, It Is What It Is.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have signed defensive back Kyle Arrington to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. The 23-year-old corner out of Hofstra University was released by Tampa Bay on Sept. 14, one day after playing in the Bucs' opening loss to Dallas. He was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Sept. 21 before being signed to the active squad today. The move comes after cornerback Jonathan Wilhite missed all of practice this week with an illness. For more, visit the football blog, It Is What It Is.
WEEI.com Fantasy Editor D.J. Bean promises that if you join him at 11 a.m. on Sunday for the Fantasy Football Live Chat, you will not look as bad as did Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in his stinkfest for the ages on Thursday. Bean will provide last-minute advice on who to start and who to sit, keeping pace with the last-minute pre-game updates.
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