FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Juan Gonzalez, limited to one at-bat
last season, agreed to a minor-league contract with the Boston Red
Sox on Sunday.
The Red Sox hope the 36-year-old, oft-injured outfielder can
bounce back and show the form he displayed when he had three
Gonzalez was expected to join the Red Sox for Tuesday's home
game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He has 434 homers, 1,404
RBI and a .295 batting average in 17 major-league seasons.
Boston has few available roster spots but the right-handed
hitting Gonzalez could spell lefty-hitting Trot Nixon in right
First, Gonzalez must come back from a torn hamstring that ruined
his 2005 season. He was injured on June 1 during his only at-bat
with Cleveland. The Indians didn't offer him salary arbitration
Gonzalez spent his first 11 seasons with Texas and hit at least
39 homers six times. He moved to Detroit in 2000 and hit 22 homers
with 67 RBI in 115 games.
He joined Cleveland in 2001, the year Manny Ramirez left the
Indians for the Red Sox, and batted .325 with 35 homers and 140
But in the next three seasons, two with Texas and one with
Kansas City, Gonzalez played in just 185 games with 37 homers and