From some article on MLB.com: The Reds are expecting better things from their middle-infield tandem of Gonzalez and Phillips.
"Our fans are in for a nice treat with these two guys," Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said. "I'm looking forward to watching them play together when we get to Spring Training. They have a chance to be an exciting combination for what we hope is many years."
In 2006, the Reds' team defense was tied for second worst in the Majors. It also committed the second-most errors (128), trailing only the Nationals. Krivsky, a pitching- and defense-minded executive, has made shoring up Cincinnati's defense a priority since taking over last year.
In a career-high 149 games played, Phillips batted .276 with 17 homers, 75 RBIs and 25 steals. He led the team with 148 hits and solidified second base defensively.
Gonzalez, who batted .255 with nine home runs and 50 RBIs in 111 games with the Red Sox in 2006, was considered one of the top defensive shortstops available on the market. The 29-year-old committed only seven errors and owned a .985 fielding percentage for Boston. Before that, Gonzalez played for the Marlins from 1998-2005 and won a World Series with Florida in 2003.
"We got one of the best shortstops in all of baseball," Reds manager Jerry Narron said after the signing.
Judge for yourselves what to make of that. It sure will be great to have a shortstop who can field the ball.