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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, CBSSports.com 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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Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:41 am
 

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

What are the Rockies thinking??  Thankfully they have Tulo at SS. Old man Scutaro cant play 3B or 2B very well and at his age this is a bad move.  How is Scutaro an "upgrade"??? Third base isn`t an option and Scutaro has no range.  Getting rid of Slowey is a positive b/c he`s terrible, but helping out the stinkin Red Sawx who beat you in a WS is not good!



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:40 am
 

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

The Red Sox don't need power from all positions. They won the World Series in 2004 with Mark Bellhorn playing 2B (he was clutch in the playoffs, though). They need a competent SS and much better pitching and this trade helps that. I actually like how there is some uncertainty with the pitching this year. Hopefully Lester, Bucholtz and Beckett will prepare all offseason like they have to carry this team - because they pretty much do. If Iglesias has a great camp he will probably make the team because I don't see him developing into an all around great SS and I would rather have his elite defense than a platoon of Punto and Aviles.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:27 am
 

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Iglesias is still like 20 years old. for him to hit .261 in triple-A isn't all that bad considering his age and lack of maturing yet. This isn't a bad deal as long as they use that 6 million to go get Oswalt or a solid SP with it. I have no problem with Aviles playing SS and batting 9th in this lineup. The Sox have enough lineup where losing Scutaro isn't the end of the world. He was average at best and Aviles is just as good. I have no problems with this trade.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:09 am
 

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Did I miss something?  Why not Lowrie?


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Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:27 am
 

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Scutaro did a great job for the Red Sox since he's been with them. He was more than adequate and shortstop and had some pop in his bat. If Aviles can improve his hitting, he will be their future. Punta is tough consistant player who can fill the void also. I think Valentine will put an end to the nonsense of the past few years in the clubhouse. Their pitching is good enough if they perform as their salaries indicate they should. It may take Bard a month or so to adapt to the starter role after 4 years as a set up guy. He sure has all the tools to be successful.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:08 am
 

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Maybe the Sox are hoping their new GM can judge short stop talent. Theo was great at picking and drafting pitchers but he sucked at finding shortstops! I still would have made the H Ramirez trade that got us Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell, I just would have hired a "short stop consultant" to help us draft a "replacement"!



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 7:39 am
 

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Good luck Scutaro. He was a stop gap measure anyway.  Iglasias is the future, perhaps by mid season. Aviles and Punto will fill the game adequately. With this lineup, they should still should score some runs.  I guess Oswalt is on their radar but Im not sold on him.  Red Sox have some major reconciling with the fans in 2012. Its 1979 all over again. Maybe thats a good thing!
I agree with everything except Iglasias being the future.  If he has been hitting that bad with Triple-A, its not going to improve in the Majors.  He may end up being the future for another team that doesn't need power from their shortstop, but the Red Sox do.  They really need solid hitting production from all positions.  Iglasias' Triple-A numbers might barely be good enough for the nine-hole in Boston's line up.  I wouldn't be surprised to see this kid moved for prospects or picks by mid season.



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 7:17 am
 

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

This is a good move for the Sox. With Scutaro there a SS they were pretty much commited to having him there all year. This allows them to have Aviles/Punto fill the void at SS. While they may not hit as well as Scutaro, their gloves will be better. This also allows them to keep Iglesias in the minors for full at bats. No matter how bad Aviles/Punto turn out, I think they are competent, Iglesias does not see Boston before June, if at all. This keeps him under control for the Sox for that extra year before FA.

And lets face it, the Sox need is without a doubt pitching. I am not sold on Bard as a starter. All those innings with that big arm spells injury. And if not injury, he will flame out. He will come out of Spring Training strong and then have nothing after ther the 1st 2 months. There were many examples last year of this. The Sox need a proven INNINGS EATER. If they do go get a pitcher on the FA market Oswalt could fit the mold, but even he is concerned about his back. Edwin Jackson is available and will give you a strong game each outing. He is younger and more reliable than Oswalt. Oswalt is a very high risk maybe even higher reward player, but he is more than likely to repeat last season than his previos ones. Do the Sx want to deal with another SP injury plagued season? Smart and safe move is Jackson



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 3:15 am
 

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Getting rid of Scutaro before Iglesias is ready doesn't make much sense if they want to beat the loaded Yankees.
Red Sox has two option to start at SS for it could be either Aviles or Punto, Punto has played SS in the past.



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:37 pm
 

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Good luck Scutaro. He was a stop gap measure anyway.  Iglasias is the future, perhaps by mid season. Aviles and Punto will fill the game adequately. With this lineup, they should still should score some runs.  I guess Oswalt is on their radar but Im not sold on him.  Red Sox have some major reconciling with the fans in 2012. Its 1979 all over again. Maybe thats a good thing!


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