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Boston Red Sox release veteran Marwin Gonzalez

WORCESTER - Marwin Gonzalez hits a home run during the WooSox game against Buffalo on Saturday, July 31, 2021.

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WORCESTER – Marwin Gonzalez hits a home run during the WooSox game against Buffalo on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Spt Woosox731 32

The Boston Red Sox released veteran utility player Marwin Gonzalez on Monday, three days after designating him for assignment.

In addition to the move, the team officially added infielder Travis Shaw to the roster after claiming him off waivers Sunday from the Milwaukee Brewers. The Red Sox also optioned outfielder Franchy Cordero and catcher Connor Wong to Triple-A Worcester.

Gonzalez, 32, had signed with the Red Sox as a free agent in February on a one-year, $3 million contract.

Gonzalez has seen his production drop drastically over the past two seasons after a five-year stretch from 2015-19 when he averaged nearly 16 homers and 60 RBIs.

The switch hitter, who has played seven of the nine positions on the diamond this season (including one pitching appearance), hit a career-low .202 for Boston this season with two home runs and 20 RBIs in 271 plate appearances over 77 games. His .567 OPS ranks as the worst of his career.

Gonzalez produced a .211/.286/.320 in 53 games with the Minnesota Twins last season with just five home runs and 22 RBIs.

Known for his versatility, he has played 304 career games at shortstop, 241 at first base, 187 in left field, 170 at second base and 162 at third base. He has played every outfield position, including three games in center.

Gonzalez spent his first seven seasons in Houston, finishing .264/.318/.419 with 76 homers in 795 games with the Astros. He posted a career-high 23 home runs and 90 RBIs while hitting .303 in the Astros’ 2017 World Series-winning campaign, a season which has come under scrutiny over the team’s sign-stealing scandal.

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–Field Level Media