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McAdam: Red Sox add more roster versatility with signing of Marwin Gonzalez

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Capping off a busy last two weeks of activity, shortly before the start of spring training, the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $3-million contract with veteran utility man Marwin Gonzalez on Thursday night. Gonzalez can add up to $1 million in performance bonuses.

Gonzalez,  who had drawn interest from a handful of teams -- including the Toronto Blue Jays -- gives the Red Sox' roster additional flexibility as a switch-hitter capable of playing both the infield and outfield. He's played all three outfield spots and all four infield positions in his career, with the most number of games coming at shortstop, left field and first base.

Gonzalez turns 32 next month and provides the Red Sox with someone who can provide the Sox with a lefty bat at first base and could share playing time with Hunter Renfroe in the outfield.

In 2020, Gonzalez had a poor season with the Minnesota Twins, slashing .211/.286/.320 with five homers and 22 RBI in 53 games. Lifetime, he's slashed .261/.317/413. In 2019, his last full season, he had a better season with a .736 OPS and 15 homers in just 114 games.

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