Phils To Sign The Other Alex Gonzalez

In case you're experiencing a sense of deja vu - all over again - don't worry, the Phillies haven't signed away the Alex Gonzalez that signed with the Red Sox less than a week ago. This is the other Alex Gonzalez that played for Tampa Bay and has been on a travelling road show the last few seasons.

The Phillies are expected to officially announce the signing of Alex S. Gonzalez, formerly of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, to a one-year deal. The deal is done, but the Phillies will put Gonzalez through a physical, which should go routinely, before making an official announcement.

While the infield isn't really an area of concern, Gonzalez could take further playing time from third baseman David Bell or possibly take the roster spot from Tomas Perez. Last season with Tampa Bay, Gonzalez played 98 games at third base. Although he's generally thought of as a defensive oriented player, but he hit 9 homeruns last season and has a career-high of 20 homeruns as a member of the 2003 Cubs. The 32 year old Gonzalez also has a lifetime average of .244 through 12 major league seasons.

Perez just turned 32 in December and also has a lifetime average of .244 over 10 major league seasons. Bell figures to see a decrease in playing time, especially against right-handed pitching, since the Phillies earlier signed free agent Abraham Nunez and have now added Gonzalez to the mix. Bell's offensive numbers against righties have suffered over the past few seasons.

Both Gonzalez and Perez can play all four infield positions, although Gonzalez has played primarily at shortstop in his career. Gonzalez has played for the Padres, Expos, Cubs and Devil Rays over the past two seasons. Prior to that, he spent two seasons with the Cubs and eight seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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