Marco Scutaro is a member of the Red Sox, and it only took two years and a total of $12.5 million. Sure, there’s a “mutual option” tacked on the end of that, but the odds that Theo will pick it up are slim.
As Keith Law points out, the steepest part of this deal for the Sox was the first-round pick they had to part with. And if the Sox sign another Type A free agent who ranks higher than Scutaro — as they are reasonably like to — that gets downgraded to a second-round pick.
And down in the minors, Jose Iglesias remains unblocked.
Score this one a win for the Red Sox.