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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: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:44 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Anrew Miller, Clayton Mortenson, and AAron Cook, all very high picks in their respective MLB drafts. Can we get one, just one to pan out as an above average MLB talent? It would be nice to see Bard, Miller and Mortenson become starters. Somewhere inside each of them they have the stuff. Cook is not that far removed from a 16 win season either. We may not even need to sign Oswalt if the coaching staff can get 2 of the 4 to get it done. Silva and Padilla probably won't even make the roster. Beckett, Lester, Buchholtz, Bard, and then one of Cook, Mortenson, or Miller? It is not impossible. How many thought that NY would get what they did out of Garcia and Colon? Yes I know they were once proven guys and Miller, Mort, and Bard have never had great yuears starting, but the upside is there to unlock. 

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:31 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

bet ya Jed Lowrie is pissed!!! haha....I guess Iglesias is ready yes???

Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:43 am

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Well stated, Aviles was the ROY as a shortstop only 4 years ago.

Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:41 am

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

For whatever reason the Sox front office is staying clear of the luxery tax. Maybe it is to sign Ellsbury next year as well as other big names, or maybe they want to distance themselves from the wild spending that was known exclusively to Boston and New York. Either way they paved the way to aquire Roy Oswalt on a one year deal. That move will strengthen the rotation in a big way. But what about the player we just received? A former 1st rd pick, Mortenson held a 3.20 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in his first 45 innings of work last season. His record does not show what he can do. An above average sinker along with a tall lanky frame with room to grow, Mortenson cruised threw a few of those starts topping 100 pitches only once. It was a 3-2 loss to Milwaukee and their stacked lineup. He went 6 innings in 5 of 6 starts throwing 88, 97, 71, 92, and 70 pitches. He gave up only 9 runs in thoase contests with 2 of them shutouts. So 11 runs total in games of 6+ innings. I would like to see what he can do in Boston. With built up endurance he may be a guy that can stretch out 7+ innings on a regular basis. There is no guarentee that Bard is a success at the five. If Bard goes back to the pen, Mortenson may find himself the best candidate over Silva, Padilla, Cook and Aceves. Aceves is best in the pen as he has trouble getting threw six innings. The other 3 are perenial busts, and Andrew Miller just hasn't unleasherd his potential. Derek Lowe had great success in Beantown as a sinkerball hurler, maybe we found the next diamond in the rough. 

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:18 am

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

In no way am I comparing Mortensen in Pineda's class but I feel confident saying Boston got more in return for what they gave up than the Yankees did with Montero. And if you dont think this wasnt all about that trade you dont understand these two teams. Will they sign Roy Oswalt? Possibly, but this isnt about that either.. I am sure many of you wont even get what I am saying.

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:08 am

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Slammin - just about anybody would be an upgrade over what the Rox have at 2B. Quick, by a show of hands, who would you rather have start this year at 2B: Jonathan Herrera, Chris Nelson, or Marco Scutaro? 

Herrera and Nelson are weak weak weak. Scutaro isn't great, but he's solid.  

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:33 am

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Scutaro is a solid major leaguer and a starter for many teams................he played some great baseball when he was with Toronto

Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:10 am
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Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:09 am

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Lowrie is in Houston baby

Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:08 am

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Good move by Boston unloading a mediocre player and freeing up salary.  Hopefully they use it wisely.  Colorado made a mistake with this one. 

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