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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: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:23 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

I agree with TangsGang.  Put Iglesias 8 or 9 in the order and work on his hitting.  If he turns out to be a gold glove shortstop, then Great!  I remember Mark Belanger in the 70's play shortstop for the Orioles.  He couldn't hit to save his life, but he was a lights-out fielder.  Until Nomar, ARod, and Jeter came along, in general, the shortstop position didn't yield big bats.  (Yes there's a few exceptions). 
I think it would be exciting to see Iglesias light up the infield.  It's not like the Sox have had much at that position anyway the last several years. 

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:13 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

This is a great trade for many reasons.   First, they free up $$$ from the payroll and now have $$$ to go after another starter which is defenitely more of a concern than SS.   Second, they got something for nothing really .... as they didn't have to pick up the $6 mill option for Scutaro this off-season, but by doing so, they ended up with a young pitcher who could develop .. better than nothing right?  Who plays short ... I can't see Iglesias .. but Aviles certainly could fill the gap.   Iglesias can be the utilitly backup with Punto .. but he's not starting.  Scutaro was the #9 hitter in the lineup .. his offense won't be missed and he wasn't exactly a vaccuum at SS either, so it's not a big loss.   Get a pitcher and the Sox will be ready to compete.  GO SOX!!!

Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:54 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Sox traded Lowrie last week.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:34 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Did I miss something?  Why not Lowrie?

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:09 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

GREAT move by both teams! The Rockies get a stop-gap until they can figure out who will play secondbase next year, while the Sox dump salary in order to sign a pitcher. The Sox can always use bullpen help and already have Mike Aviles at short with Iglesias on the way. Aviles is a solid starter if Iglesias isnt ready and frankly the drop-off from Scutaro to Aviles shouldnt be too much. My Rockies fill the void at 2B for a year at a minimal cost (Mortenson was nothing special).

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:44 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

This move makes zero sense to me. Sure it could be viewed as a way to clear some money to sign another pitcher, but as if Boston doesn't have 10 million to sign a guy like Roy Oswalt on a one year deal. Talk about luxary taxes all you want, but most reports have them trying to get better in that area before 2014. A one year deal doesn't hurt them in that regard, and getting rid of Scutaro before Iglesias is ready doesn't make much sense if they want to beat the loaded Yankees.

Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:17 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Not a bad move if they use the money they free up correctly. Aviles is not a bad place holder until Iglesias is ready, and Mortensen may contribute out of the bullpen.

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:37 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

If given a chance, Mike Aviles could work out nicely for the Red Sox at short.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:30 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

Banking on a guy who had a .308 OBP in triple A last season isn't a reasonable option. I'm not sure what the Red Sox were thinking here. Alives and Punto at SS it is, I guess.

Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:51 pm

Red Sox trade Marco Scutaro to Rockies

With the offensive firepower we should have, I believe the Red Sox can easily handle having a "potential" Ozzie Smith at short, in Iglesias.  I liked Scutaro, but at 36, I think his best years are behind him at short and he couldn't move to 2nd with the Sox.  I would rather see Jose at short and save games with his glove, then see two roster spots taken by B-rated players who both end up hitting .270.

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