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Shortstop job appears to be Gonzalez’s to lose

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ERIK GONZALEZ - AP

Erik Gonzalez always seemed to have a happy persona during his time with the Indians.

The utility infielder had a constant smile on his face while in the clubhouse. He was also a good teammate, continually hanging over the dugout railing and shouting encouragement during games.

Yet Gonzalez felt a little part of himself dying last season, his 11th in the Cleveland organization -- and third at the major league level --  since being signed as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2008.

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