The Red Sox declined a $6 million option on shortstop Alex Gonzalez, according to multiple reports. Gonzalez's agent, Eric Goldschmidt, confirmed the news, which was first reported by the Boston Globe, to Comcast SportsNet.
The move would not preclude the Red Sox from trying to bring Gonzalez back at a lesser price.
Gonzalez, 32, plugged a big hole at short for Boston after being acquired from Cincinnati in a waiver deal this August. He made just one error in 44 games with the Sox and provided unexpected help offensively, hitting .284 with five home runs.
The move seemingly leaves the Red Sox without a reliable option at shortstop as Jed Lowrie was limited to 68 at-bats in 2009 because of injury.