Thanks to RN reader Dan for bringing this to our attention:


The Red Sox have completed a trade with the Cincinnati Reds, bringing shortstop Alex Gonzalez back to Boston.

Gonzalez is not expected to join the team until tomorrow in Texas. The most likely move would involve the Sox releasing infielder Chris Woodward to make room for Gonzalez on the roster.

Gonzalez, as Red Sox fans will recall, is an excellent defensive player who should sure up the team’s defensive issues on the left side of the infield. His contract calls for a $6 million club option next season, meaning the Sox will have the right to retain to his services.

It was unclear whom the Sox are sending to Cincinnati in exchange for Gonzalez. We hope to have more on on this shortly.

UPDATE: From reader, Travis, a bit more, including who the Reds received.

UPDATE 2: The return for Gonzo, as mentioned above, is 23-year-old shortstop Kris Negron, who was picked in the 7th round of the 2006 draft and is still languishing in A ball.

Also, the Reds are reporting that 1B Kevin Barker has been promoted from AAA. Welcome to Cincinnati, Kevin!