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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.

4 Responses to “Scutaro Deal a Steal for Sox”

  1. Scutaro is a 34 and coming off a career year and he’s not known as a stellar defender. He may be the next SS acquisition to underwhelm much like Renteria and Lugo.

  2. He’s not known as a bad defender, either. Scutaro should be a fine shortstop, barring injury. He gets on base, and he fields his position adequately. He’s not the second coming of Ozzie Smith, but he’s not getting paid like that, either. I think it’s a good signing.

  3. Nick Kapur says:

    I think the key here is the price tag.

    Scutaro doesn’t really have to be all that amazing to be worth $6.5 million to the Red Sox. In fact he’s basically getting paid like a replacement player.

    The short term of the deal is also great, especially at Scutaro’s age. I predict that Scutaro will easily provide $12.5 million worth of value, barring injury, even if he has a significant drop off from last season.

  4. Sarah Green says:

    melissa, my expectations are so unbelievably low after the aforementioned lugo and renteria. therein lies the key: those guys were touted like the second coming of, well, a young nomar. with scoots, we know just what we’re getting: a guy who can hopefully not suck. just average. mediocre!

    after years and years of sucktitude at short, mediocre sounds blissful right now.

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