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Alan -

This is very inspiring from the Boston Herald:<blockquote class="smalltext">Lugo, 31, is regarded as an adequate shortstop with a variety of offensive skills. A favorite of Sox manager Terry Francona, Lugo is a career .277 hitter with a .340 on-base percentage and doubles power. A right-handed hitter, he had 12 homers in 122 games last season and stole 27 bases between Tampa Bay and the Dodgers. Lugo projects as a potential leadoff hitter for the Sox, though he could bat in the No. 2 spot.</blockquote>From a few days before:<blockquote class="smalltext">Lugo, of course, would be the Red Sox’ fifth full-time shortstop since the start of the 2004 season, following Nomar Garciaparra, Orlando Cabrera, Edgar Renteria and Alex Gonzalez, the latter of whom recently signed a three-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds. The logical precedent for Lugo’s contract would be that signed by Cabrera, who agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels following the 2004 season. That deal came after the Red Sox signed Renteria to a four-year, $40 million range. Nonetheless, sources indicate that the deal Lugo signs this winter will be worth in excess of $8 million per season, which could place the deal between $34-$38 million over four years, an average of between $8.5 million and $9.5 million per season.</blockquote>I fear change.

Alan -

So, Gonzalez is a Red and gets a 3 year 18 million contract while Lugo gets 4 years for 35 million. Further:<blockquote class="smalltext">Gonzalez, 29, batted .255 with nine home runs and 50 RBIs in 111 games while making $2.68 million for the Red Sox last season. He played for the Marlins from 1998-2005 and won a World Series title with Florida in 2003...Considered one of the best defensive shortstops available on the market, Gonzalez committed only seven errors in 2006 and owned a .985 fielding percentage. His lifetime fielding percentage is .970. </blockquote>While:<blockquote class="smalltext">Lugo split last season between Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, hitting .278, scoring 69 runs, hitting 12 homers and stealing 24 bases.</blockquote>But he got 19 errors.