July 17, 2009

Red Sox dump Lugo, table Bay talks

The Boston Red Sox released infielder Jose Lugo and tabled contract talks with left fielder Jason Bay until season's end, the team said Friday.

Lugo, in the third of a four-year, $36 million contract, was batting .284 with one homer and eight RBI in 37 games (109 at-bats) this season.

General Manager Theo Epstein said Lugo's deal was a lesson learned.

Lugo, 33, had committed 16 errors.

It started out poorly from before Day One, Epstein said in a statement on the team's Web site before Friday's contest at Toronto.

Epstein also noted the Red Sox won a World Series with Lugo playing shortstop every day.

Bay, batting .260 with 20 homers and 72 RBI, is eligible to become a free agent, but Epstein wanted to complete a deal before the 2009 season ended.