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Official: Gonzo has gone

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From the Republic

Luis Gonzalez will not return to the Diamondbacks next season and will become a free agent, The Republic has learned. Gonzalez, 39, met for 90 minutes over breakfast Thursday morning at a Scottsdale resort, at which time he was informed the team has no plans to bring him back for a ninth season in 2007...

According to industry sources, Gonzalez was told of the Diamondbacks' decision during a breakfast meeting at the Scottsdale Princess. He was there, along with Bross and another representative, Gregg Clifton, to discuss his future with Diamondbacks General Manager Josh Byrnes, General Partner Jeff Moorad (Gonzalez's former longtime agent) and assistant GM Peter Woodfork. The meeting lasted about 90 minutes and when it ended, a source said Gonzalez and his agents did not look happy when they left the table.

I've opened up a diary thread on the right, for comments and thoughts on what this means. Now, pardon me, I have some tickets to buy for the final game of the season...

[Update] Now confirmed by a 5:30pm press conference - Eric Byrnes will be taking over in left field on an everyday basis in 2007.