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Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:19 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 6:42 pm
Marco Scutaro

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Rockies have acquired Boston's Marco Scutaro, Insider Jon Heyman confirms. Scutaro will play second base and likely bat second for the Rockies.

The deal was rumored on Friday, but then other reports said it was dead -- only to be resuscitated on Saturday. The Denver Post's Troy Renck, who initially reported the possibility of the deal on Friday, wrote the deal was revived "when the Rockies were able to work through some financial issues" to make room for Scutaro's $6-million salary for 2012. Scutaro is a free agent after the season.

Right-hander Clayton Mortensen is headed to Boston in return for the 36-year-old Scutaro. But more than that, it opens the $6 million for the team to spend on a pitcher, such as Roy Oswalt.

Mike Aviles and Nick Punto could platoon at shortstop for the Red Sox in Scutaro's absence. The Red Sox could also go with rookie Jose Iglesias, who appeared in 10 games for the Red Sox last season. Iglecias has a big-league ready glove, but his bat is a serious question. he hit .261/.308/.316 at Triple-A Pawtucket last season.

The Rockies upgrade their lineup with Scutaro, who hit .299/.358/.423 for the Red Sox last season.Jonathan Herrera had been penciled in to not only play second, but bat second.

The Rockies' trade of Kevin Slowey on Friday helped add some more payroll flexibility. Slowey was slated to make $2.75 million in 2012.

Mortensen, 26, appeared in 16 games for the Rockies last season, making six starts. He was 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA overall and 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in his starts. He struck out 30 batters in 58 1/3 innings, with a 1.354 WHIP.

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Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:13 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Ya I dunno if this is a very significant trade.... If the Sox did anything to help themselves it would be adding another decent bat to the backend of their lineup.  I would go so far to say, they need a true power hitter.  Someone that strikes out 150 times but cranks 40 HR's.  That used to be David Ortiz, but he has been so inconsitent the last 2 years, not to mention injury prone.  Crazy that Ellsbury, who was either batting leadoff or 2nd in their lineup led the team in HR's with 31 I think.  Gonzalez is arguably one of the best overall hitters in the league and if they had a guy like Ryan Howard (might be a little old), they could get a ton of run support for their already, solid pitching staff.  I know Beckett is getting old, but Lester has plenty of gas left in the tank.  And depending which way the wind blows, Tim Wakefield can still lob an eephus pitch for a couple more years.  I dunno, it seems like they had some great hitters that just kind of underachieved as a team last year, and maybe I'm dead wrong.... but a majority of the big games they lost, the final score was like 3-2 or 2-0.  Either way, if the cap space allows them to pursue a guy like Oswalt, I dont think it would be a bad thing.... guess we'll have to wait and see!!

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:11 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Aviles should be fine at SS for a year or so.  With the exception of OBP, he should at least match Scutero's production.  I'm not impressed with Punto at all and I don't think Iglesias is ready yet.  There are still a couple unrestricted free agent SS available that could help if we need them.  Saving 4 or 5 million and picking up some bullpen help was a pretty good move.  

I looked at the splits for Aviles last season.  He got off to a very slow start last year and then didn't play much for a while (probably banged up).  When he returned in July he hit well over .300 to finish out the season.  He seems to have more power then Scutero and more speed as well.  It should be fun to see how well he does playing for the Red Sox rather then KC.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:28 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

So, the Sox move a starting SS for what, a middle reliever?  And the hope of maybe signing an overaged Roy Oswalt or somebody.  Not sure the thinking going with this deal.  Here's hoping Jose Iglesias is ready.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 7:34 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies


Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:56 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Aviles didn't win Rookie of the Year. He was named the Royals 2008 Player of the Year. That is like being named the smartest person in Arkansas. Doesn't really count for a whole lot.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:51 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

We've had good shortstops but for whatever reason, management lets them go and either overpays for crap or signs temporary fill-ins. They should have held onto Orlando Cabrera from '04. They overpaid for Renteria and Lugo by about a combined $60 million. They should have kept Alex Gonzalez instead of letting him go, trading back for him and then letting him go again. Scutaro was nothing to write home about but platooning AL Central retreads like Aviles and Punto is a joke. I don't see how the team is still so high on Iglesias since he hits like a girl at AAA and will be lucky to hit .200 in the majors. As soon as the Pats are done playing, the attention in Boston will shift to Spring Training and how the waves created from last September's disaster are still rolling.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:48 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

I see the career-year bug bites the Sox in the ass. Sign him to a big contract after that big season in Toronto and then ship him away... kind of like every other shortstop the past decade.

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:27 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Soooo... Since Nomar Garciaparra, we have had 15 short stops! Really? Is it me or does RedSox ownership just hate every SS that plays there. I am not saying that Scutero was the right fit for our beloved RedSox, but why change every year? Shoot, we could have kept Gonzo for the past 10 years! I like Aviles and Punto, but is that a day in and day out position for them?

Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:21 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

I like the deal.  Although his record was lousy, Mortensen's ERA was under 4.00, and he'll (hopefully) be around longer. We'll see if it's beneficial or bust.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:46 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Not a big deal, scutaro is ave at best, and even if the red sox sign oswalt, he is older than dirt as well.  All about money.

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