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July 17, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Shortstop Julio Lugo DFA’d by Red Sox. Hmmmm….

Here’s the story.

Would the Mariners be interested in a guy with a .352 on-base percentage, considering what they’ve gotten out of their shortstops offensively this season? Conceivable, but as Rob Neyer documents, his defense is somewhere between awful and spectacularly awful.

We’ll try to monitor this.

P.S.; Yes, I know Lugo was arrested on misdemeanor assault charges in 2003, accused of beating his now ex-wife in a parking lot in Houston. He was acquitted in a trial, yet this could well be a deal-breaker for the Mariners. The Astros designated him for assignment immediately in 2003. The Red Sox say they did extensive research on Lugo before feeling comfortable enough to give him a four-year, $36 million contract in 2007.

Here’s a story on Lugo that goes into some detail on the incident, if you read down a little ways.

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