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New Philly Gonzalez feels Rays let him down

Published Feb. 22, 2006

Alex Gonzalezsaid he was disappointed the Devil Rays did not offer him a job as a full-time infielder.

"I felt like after the year I had with them they would consider it a lot further for an everyday role and an everyday position," he said Tuesday. "They were obviously going in a different direction."

Gonzalez, signed by the Phillies as a free agent, was a career shortstop before playing 98 games at third base for Tampa Bay last season.

"It was a good team to play for," said Gonzalez, who batted .269 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs. "I liked the guys, I liked the players and would have considered it at the time if they would have approached me with an everyday job, but it wasn't in their minds."

Still, Gonzalez said he is glad he proved he is not a one-dimensional fielder. That is important for the Phillies, who signed Gonzalez to a one-year $750,000 contract and are expected to use him at every infield position.

- DAMIAN CRISTODERO, Times staff writer