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BREAKING NEWS: Padres Reacquire A. Gonzalez

Ezra Shaw

No, not that one.

This A. Gonzalez slashed .215/ .256/ .283 in 267 plate appearances over 102 games with the 2011 team. He's been on the fringes ever since leaving San Diego, playing in 24 major league games each of the last two seasons. Alberto spent 2012 with Texas and split his two dozen games last season between the Cubs and the Yankees. His woes with the bat have followed him to every stop.

What Alberto Gonzalez does bring to the table is defensive versatility. A middle infielder by trade, he has played every position in the majors except for catcher and center fielder. That includes pitcher; on May 15 of last year he pitched the final third of the top of the ninth in a 12-2 Yankees loss. He got Seattle third baseman Robert Andino to fly out to right fielder Ichiro.

Best of luck in El Paso to Alberto.