Red Sox Willing To Trade Marco Scutaro

Multiple teams are showing interest in Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, and sources tell the Fox scribe that they're willing to move him for the right return. The Sox would then install Jed Lowrie at short while presumably strengthening another aspect of the team.

Scutaro, 35, signed a two-year deal worth $12.5MM with Boston last offseason. He hit .275/.333/.388 in 695 plate appearances during his first year with the team, solid but not on par with his 2009 performance (.282/.379/.409). Bonafide everyday shortstops are tough to come by, plus the sheer number of teams looking to shore up the position likely means that the Red Sox will get a good return if they do make Scutaro available.


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  1. wickedkevin 5 years ago

    I didn’t know Marco worked for Fox sports 😉 He must be a reliable source on himself.

    • redsox_fever 5 years ago

      ahh you beat me to that one, couldn’t stop laughing

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        Come on fellas cut Mike some slack…It’s 10:45 here on the east coast and it’s pouring out…That kind of stuff can get you a little disoriented!

        • wickedkevin 5 years ago

          I usually don’t comment on errors, but that one just made me chuckle. Also, it’s not raining on my part of the east coast!

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            I’m in NY and its raining cats and dogs. Don’t step in a poodle.

          • wickedkevin 5 years ago

            You forgot the “wakka wakka”

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            don’t get the joke, but “wakka wakka.” whatever dude.

          • wickedkevin 5 years ago

            Oh man! Someone needs to watch some Muppets. Fozzie bear!

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            I’m in High School…Not Pre-School.

            Silly Kevin.

          • wickedkevin 5 years ago

            And I’m in college. Drop your pride and watch some muppets! You lacked part of a childhood, my friend.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            I’ll see what I can do…But I spend all of my time doing productive things…Like studying fangraphs and stuff like that haha!

          • cjw129 5 years ago

            haha funny. you do seem pretty knowledgable even if i dont agree with some things you say. NERD!

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            Thank you I guess?

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            I’ll see what I can do…But I spend all of my time doing productive things…Like studying fangraphs and stuff like that haha!

          • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

            You should watch Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Might be even more funny than Muppets, and that’s saying something.

          • wickedkevin 5 years ago

            And I’m in college. Drop your pride and watch some muppets! You lacked part of a childhood, my friend.

          • sadp 5 years ago

            Sir, perhaps it is you who needs to review the Muppets…it’s “wokka wokka”.

          • wickedkevin 5 years ago

            Sorry, I never had the ‘opportunity’ to watch the Muppets with caption. Womp womp womp

          • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

            Actually in the scripts its “Waka Waka Waka”

            I know my Muppets… ANIMAL!!!!!!

          • wickedkevin 5 years ago

            PWNED

          • sadp 5 years ago

            That’s cool, but it’s certainly pronounced “wokka”. :)

          • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

            You’re going to gripe over a vowel? Yeesh.

            Fozzie is my hero. “I am a telephone pole – hummmmmmmmm”

          • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

            That one was awesome!

          • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

            Now all you guys have got me into it again. I can’t find that script on youtube, but at least they have Swedish Chef.

            Bork bork bork bork

    • Slopeboy 5 years ago

      Most likely more reliable a source than a shortstop

  2. redsox_fever 5 years ago

    Multiple teams are showing interest in Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro according to FoxSports.com’s Marco Scutaro, I definetly believe that source if it’s coming from marco himself!!

  3. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    As long as the Red Sox are eating some of his salary, I expect the Giants, Tigers, Cardinals, and Padres to be interested…

    Assuming at least half of his salary gets picked up, I could see this happening…

    Ehire Adrianza and Nick Noonan
    Charlie Furbush and Ben Guez
    Daniel Descalso and D’Marcus Ingram
    Anthony Bass and Allan Dykstra

    • InLeylandWeTrust 5 years ago

      Why would the Tigers be interested? We signed Peralta to a 2 year deal…

    • chaifetz10 5 years ago

      Cardinals would be better off just playing Descalso at second… We’ll let you choose between Nick Stavinoha and Mark Hamilton though!

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        The latter. The former can’t follow through without losing his balance.

        • chaifetz10 5 years ago

          True. Ok, write up the papers, let’s get that deal done!

  4. Teams will be making a big mistake going after Marco. At 35, I’m surprised he isn’t held together with duct tape.

    • vtadave 5 years ago

      It’s never a mistake going after a guy who you only have to commit for on a one-year deal.

    • vtadave 5 years ago

      It’s never a mistake going after a guy who you only have to commit for on a one-year deal.

    • RahZid 5 years ago

      He actually is held together by duct tape, he’s looking for an endorsement deal for 3M.

    • RahZid 5 years ago

      He actually is held together by duct tape, he’s looking for an endorsement deal for 3M.

  5. MB923 5 years ago

    Maybe they want to sign Jeter before the Yankees :p

    • Slopeboy 5 years ago

      See what a Gold Glove will do for you?!

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      Jeter in a Red Sox uniform is a sign of the apocalypse.

      • MB923 5 years ago

        Derek Jeter- “Well I’ll probably stay with the Yankees, but maybe I’ll listen to an offer from the Red Sox”

        Adam Sandler/Billy Madison, who’s a Yankee fan in real life, starts to grab Jeter’s face- “Don’t you say that. Don’t you ever say that. Stay here. Stay here as long as you can. For the love of God, cherish it. You have to cherish it”

  6. redsox_fever 5 years ago

    maybe fox sports en espanol

  7. redsox4120 5 years ago

    Can’t imagine any sort of return for Scutaro. Although, he did have a solid year and he’s only has one year on his contract, my guess is that if they trade him, it’s for a reliever.

    • RahZid 5 years ago

      Couldn’t agree more. Get a half decent relieve for him while covering about $2M of his salary, and use the $4M or so in savings on another arm…. or put it into the VMart fund.

    • 35 year old SS are not worth a lot. Unless of course their initials are DJ, then they get zillions AND Minka Kelly!!

    • 35 year old SS are not worth a lot. Unless of course their initials are DJ, then they get zillions AND Minka Kelly!!

    • pedroiayouk 5 years ago

      well a decent reliever would be a return…

  8. Padres maybe if the Red Sox eat part of the salary?

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      If the Sox trade Scutaro I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Sox willing to eat salary if it guaranteed a greater return.

    • BLB25 5 years ago

      They’d really be clearing out their bullpen after sending one good arm and another decent one to the Marlins for Maybin. I assume bullpen help is what the Red Sox will be looking for.

      • Fangaffes 5 years ago

        Yeah, it would have to be bullpen help or a prospect. Unless he was part of a larger deal.

  9. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    I hope the Pirates are interested.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Anybody at this point is an upgrade over Cede-NO…I’d like to see Neal pull the trigger…Here’s a trade idea…

      Calvin Anderson, Jordy Mercer, and Brian Leach…Three non-prospects but players who have possible upside…And the Sox eat all of the salary.

      • Ian_Smell 5 years ago

        I actually really like that proposal.

        • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

          Glad you do. By any chance Ian, have you ever heard of a Pirate 39th Round pick in ’08 named Albert Fagan?

      • Ian_Smell 5 years ago

        I actually really like that proposal.

  10. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    I hope the Pirates are interested.

  11. redsox_fever 5 years ago

    actually I defintely could see a deal with pap, scutaro and maybe a prospect or 2

  12. Backup_Slider 5 years ago

    And the real losers in this trade will be the children of New England, as they will have to revert to playing “Marco Polo” when they’re swimming this summer.

  13. Backup_Slider 5 years ago

    And the real losers in this trade will be the children of New England, as they will have to revert to playing “Marco Polo” when they’re swimming this summer.

  14. yankeesfan88 5 years ago

    No one else is doubtful of Lowrie after his past of injuries and ineffectiveness?

    • Lowrie played well once he returned from his injuries. But ultimately he only has to hold up for one season before Iglesias should be ready to take over.

    • pedroiayouk 5 years ago

      He only had one injury, the nagging wrist injury that was off and on for about 2 years. But yeah, pretty much we are more doubtful about our bullpen than we are about Lowrie. Lowrie is an average fielder who will probably hit about .275 with great onbase skills and 15 Hrs 40 2Bs power.

  15. mrmoss 5 years ago

    Plenty of teams intereted in a 35 year old Scutaro….LOL

  16. mrmoss 5 years ago

    Plenty of teams intereted in a 35 year old Scutaro….LOL

  17. giantsrainman 5 years ago

    How can the RedSox expect much of a return in lite of how little the Marlins got for Uggla?

    • Sox front office > Marlins front office

      They won’t deal Scutaro away just for the sake of dealing him. The Marlins should of and could have gotten more. But they felt they had to deal him now and settled on a deal in order to move him.

    • Sox front office > Marlins front office

      They won’t deal Scutaro away just for the sake of dealing him. The Marlins should of and could have gotten more. But they felt they had to deal him now and settled on a deal in order to move him.

    • redsox_fever 5 years ago

      No actually Marlins could of gotten more for him if they waited a little i was actually surprised they traded him so quickly

    • redsox_fever 5 years ago

      No actually Marlins could of gotten more for him if they waited a little i was actually surprised they traded him so quickly

    • pedroiayouk 5 years ago

      Well Infante was an allstar this year and batted .321. But anyway, the Marlins traded Uggla as a salary dump and he wasn’t going to resign after 2011 anyway.

    • Fangaffes 5 years ago

      The Marlins got their pockets picked. One days it’s “we want a truckload in return for Uggla” and the next day it’s “OK, a utility guy and a reliever, as long as they’re cheap.”

  18. giantsrainman 5 years ago

    How can the RedSox expect much of a return in lite of how little the Marlins got for Uggla?

  19. Joe 5 years ago

    Rowand for Scutaro.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      Sure if the Giants throw in a lot of money and prospects.

      • Joe 5 years ago

        LOL! Maybe money, like Scutaro would be worth more than Rowand with the contracts equalizied!

        • Guest 5 years ago

          That makes no sense. Why would the Sox have to take less because Rowand is flat garbage? Scutaro is good and cheap, Rowand is not.

    • pedroiayouk 5 years ago

      Why in the world would the red sox trade their starting shortstop making $8M over 2 years for a backup outfielder making $24M over 2 years???

  20. Hits & Gigs 5 years ago

    Maybe the Marlins will trade Mike Stanton and Josh Johnson for him?

  21. Hits & Gigs 5 years ago

    Maybe the Marlins will trade Mike Stanton and Josh Johnson for him?

  22. EvilEmpireMember 5 years ago

    I can’t wait, for the report from Gammons, stating that the Red Sox will be looking for a “Smoak” type bat for Scutaro.

  23. Randy_McWeen 5 years ago

    rasmus for scutaro straight up

    • chaifetz10 5 years ago

      Good sarcasm. I actually thought you were serious for a nanosecond!

    • chaifetz10 5 years ago

      Good sarcasm. I actually thought you were serious for a nanosecond!

  24. love it. lowrie’s due for a healthy season, i’ve always thought that he’ll win the opening day start in spring training, and though scoot would make a great utility, he deserves to start somewhere. just hope jed gets hurt again or dissapoints…

  25. love it. lowrie’s due for a healthy season, i’ve always thought that he’ll win the opening day start in spring training, and though scoot would make a great utility, he deserves to start somewhere. just hope jed gets hurt again or dissapoints…

  26. missyae 5 years ago

    I can write the ending of this story. Scutaro gets traded, Lowie does his normal thing and stays on the D.L. and Theo wonders how he let a shortstop get away AGAIN. Lowrie is just not tough enough to be an every day player in the Majors. Keep Scutaro, at least between the 2 of them, you have 1 shortstop.

    • pedroiayouk 5 years ago

      “not tough enough?” the dude broke his wrist and had mono. can’t control that stuff…

  27. Could fit the Reds fairly well. We need a SS who can possibly leadoff. I’d give them a BP arm not named Masset or Chapman.

  28. Scutaro for Miguel Olivo.

  29. dizzle4 5 years ago

    This will probably depend a bit on whether or not Felipe Lopez accepts the arbitration offer coming his way. If he does, then that’s the utility guy the Red Sox will be stuck with, making it easier to deal Scutaro.

    As much as they’re open to dealing Scutaro though, it may make more sense to deal Lowrie after the great numbers he put up last year, as a piece to get a big bat in return.

    • 0bsessions 5 years ago

      I mostly agree. While on paper, I’d rather have Lowrie starting than Scutaro, neither one is likely going to be our starting shortstop in 2012 and Lowrie’s likely to yeild a greater return.

  30. kyleb740 5 years ago

    Take Francisco Cordero, a B prospect, and $2 mil for Scutaro

    • pedroiayouk 5 years ago

      eh, maybe. thats a heck of a lot of $ to spend on a guy that would become our 7th inning reliever. I dont think the Sox will be able to trade Papelbon since he is also gonna make $12M next year.

  31. Can’t believe so many people hate on Lowrie. Remember the huge at bats he had when he was first called up? He was healthy then too. Don’t throw him away based on his freak injury time. He IS the real deal.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      For me it has nothing to do with his injuries, I’m just not convinced he can be an effective defensive shortstop. I think he can fill in from time to time at short like he can fill in from time to time at third, but I think second his his best position… and we already have a good second baseman.

      • cubfan4life 5 years ago

        Agreed. Lowrie is a solid fill in guy but he strikes me more as a 2B than a SS and should be kept on the bench depending on how well Pedroia bounces back from his injury. If they do trade Scutaro they will still need to bring in another SS. Scutaro is decent enough to keep considering he is a FA after this year barring his option being picked up and i cant see Boston picking up the option and if he does its only 3M which is reasonable for a backup IF with a little pop.

        • Fangaffes 5 years ago

          No need to bring in another SS. Navarro will be the utility guy this year. He’s tearing up the Dominican League as we speak.

  32. touchmymonkey 5 years ago

    Any chance that boston is listening to offers for Scutaro because they may be looking at a deal with Arizona for Drew? Arizona has opened the door on trading Drew and/or Upton. What would it take for sox to get drew.. or both?

    • Guest 5 years ago

      Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz

      • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

        Ummm, Lester is worth more than Upton and Drew combined. Yes, Upton is only 22, has great potential, even showed some of it in 2009… but there’s no way that beats out 25 year old power pitching lefty.

  33. 0bsessions 5 years ago

    People need to stop operating under the delusion that Scutaro would get traded for spare parts. With how weak the AL shortstop selection is, Scutaro could very well be a Type A free agent next year (He’s practically guaranteed Type B status at the least), which would net us more value than any of these trade proposals will.

    The Sox are open to offers because the shortstop market is so pathetically bad that an overpay wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility. Unless someone pays $1.25 on the dollar, Scutaro will stay put.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      I wouldn’t go as far as to say teams will have to pay through the nose for Scut, but yeah Theo isn’t dumping him. But if Theo gets offered a solid and steady set up man then my bet is he goes for it.

      • Fangaffes 5 years ago

        Agreed. Cameron may be a dump, but not Scutaro.

      • 0bsessions 5 years ago

        By all means, I don’t expect to get an entire team’s farm system, but there’s no reason to trade Scutaro unless it’s for someone more valuable than a competent MLB shortstop, which isn’t that easy to find.

  34. Scutaro has been erratic defensively through out his career but on average, he has just been exactly that…average. Lowrie projects to be average at 2nd and SS. Slightly above average at 3rd. Doesn’t seem like we’ve been giving up too much there, too me. I know it has just been a sample size of his defense but with Iglesias waiting in the wings, I say let Lowrie develop at the major league level and see where his ceiling really is. Surely, he’ll be no Julio Lugo defensively.

  35. Scutaro has been erratic defensively through out his career but on average, he has just been exactly that…average. Lowrie projects to be average at 2nd and SS. Slightly above average at 3rd. Doesn’t seem like we’ve been giving up too much there, too me. I know it has just been a sample size of his defense but with Iglesias waiting in the wings, I say let Lowrie develop at the major league level and see where his ceiling really is. Surely, he’ll be no Julio Lugo defensively.

  36. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    it’s only $5MM more? Really? I thought it was plenty more…Nevertheless, Jed Lowrie needs to be plugged in at SS.

  37. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I actually really, really like the idea of Scutaro on the M’s for a year and a half until Franklin is ready…That makes a lot of sense to me…

    Maybe trading Kyle Seager straight up would make some sense.

  38. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I actually really, really like the idea of Scutaro on the M’s for a year and a half until Franklin is ready…That makes a lot of sense to me…

    Maybe trading Kyle Seager straight up would make some sense.

  39. Backup_Slider 5 years ago

    I’m betting that Seattle winds up with Tsuyoshi Nishioka given the Japanese ownership of the Mariners and the many transplanted Japanese that inhabit Seattle (that and just about everyone else’s Japanese position players have turned out to be dogs). And, oddly enough, Tsuyoshi Nishioka translates into English as Joseph Wilson.

    By the way, are you a Mariners fan that is an alcoholic, or are you just a fan of alcoholic Mariners, or are you perhaps both?

  40. wickedkevin 5 years ago

    Jose Reyes, Elvis Andrus…

  41. wickedkevin 5 years ago

    Jose Reyes, Elvis Andrus…

  42. Guest 5 years ago

    Furcal is pretty good.

  43. Guest 5 years ago

    Furcal is pretty good.

  44. BG921 5 years ago

    How can you forget Yunel Escobar? He battled some injuries this season, but the guy can flat out play the SS position!

  45. BG921 5 years ago

    How can you forget Yunel Escobar? He battled some injuries this season, but the guy can flat out play the SS position!

  46. pedroiayouk 5 years ago

    well, theres only a few good OFFENSIVE shortstops. But thats because shortstop is the most important position on DEFENSE, along with catcher. Ever notice that the three most important defensive positions are usually the three worst offensive positions? Catcher/Pitcher/Shortstop.

  47. Hits & Gigs 5 years ago

    5 down 25 to go lol

  48. wickedkevin 5 years ago

    Bartlett, Alexei had a good year, Stephen Drew, Alex Gonzalez. I’d say that’s it.

  49. wickedkevin 5 years ago

    Bartlett, Alexei had a good year, Stephen Drew, Alex Gonzalez. I’d say that’s it.

  50. BLB25 5 years ago

    Uribe is good

  51. redsox_fever 5 years ago

    agree but if they eat some of both paps and scutaro salaries i think they could find a nice return like someone said before the market for shortstops is weak this year and pap is a pretty good closer

  52. redsox_fever 5 years ago

    agree but if they eat some of both paps and scutaro salaries i think they could find a nice return like someone said before the market for shortstops is weak this year and pap is a pretty good closer

  53. Travis Reitsma 5 years ago

    Well, technically it’s at least $6.5MM. He’s owed $5MM for this season and then has a $6.0MM team option or a $3MM player option for 2012. The buyout is worth $1.5MM if both parties decide to part ways after next year. Essentially this means that he’ll be owed $6.5MM for this year, OR $5.0MM this year and likely at least $3.0MM for 2012.

  54. pedroiayouk 5 years ago

    The Sox won’t be looking for prospects. It would most likely be for a decent relief pitcher.

  55. BLB25 5 years ago

    He was quite a bit better than Scutaro last year

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