Rockies, Red Sox Talked Marco Scutaro

6:00pm: The deal isn't close at this time and isn't likely to happen at all, writes Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald.  Silverman adds that the talks could indicate that the Red Sox are looking for ways to clear some salary in order to sign a free agent starter like Roy Oswalt.

4:52pm: Talks are fizzling, Renck tweets. The Red Sox are reluctant to part with Scutaro, since they don't have a clear alternative at short.

4:25pm: The Rockies are nearing a deal for infielder Marco Scutaro, Troy Renck of the Denver Post tweets. The teams are talking and the Rockies are trying to complete the trade. The veteran infielder would presumably play second base if the Rockies acquire him.

Scutaro, 35, set career highs in batting average and slugging percentage for a .299/.358/.423 line in 445 plate appearances in 2011. He also had a career-best 8.1% strikeout rate and finished with more walks (38) than strikeouts (36). Only seven shortstops have contributed more wins above replacement than Scutaro (12.7) since 2008, according to FanGraphs’ version of the statistic. The Red Sox exercised their $6MM option for him after the season.

If the Red Sox move Scutaro, they'd have a hole at shortstop heading into Spring Training. With Jed Lowrie on the Astros, prospect Jose Iglesias and infielders Nick Punto and Mike Aviles would sit atop Boston's depth chart. 


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111 Comments on "Rockies, Red Sox Talked Marco Scutaro"


Devern Hansack
3 years 7 months ago

What? Why would the Red Sox trade him?

AlKelz
3 years 7 months ago

To free up payroll to sign Oswalt ?

soxfanfromBC
3 years 7 months ago

exactly

chris_synan1
3 years 7 months ago

hmm good point

Joseph Jonathan Herrera
3 years 7 months ago

Maybe the Red Sox have a larger deal in mind for a big-name shortstop

3 years 7 months ago

Like who? Edgar Renteria?

Joseph Jonathan Herrera
3 years 7 months ago

That definitely sounds plausible lol  I just hope it’s not a salary dump to get under the luxury tax.  But I have a hard time believing that

3 years 7 months ago

Iglesias, I guess.

3 years 7 months ago

No chance, he’s not ready.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

 Offensively maybe, but his offense isn’t supposed to be very good even when it is ‘ready’ so just throw him out there and let him play, they’ll still have plenty of offense.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

Scutaro is just a piece in a Tulowitzki trade obviously!

3 years 7 months ago

Nah, I think Tulo is a piece in a Scutaro trade obviously!

redsx968
3 years 7 months ago

Noooooooo

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 7 months ago

What? They can’t possibly be planning on Iglesias or Punto playing short all season. Though this could be what frees up money for Oswalt…

chris_synan1
3 years 7 months ago

Mike Aviles

Cory J. Settoon
3 years 7 months ago

Aviles for offense, Punto for defense. :)

They will be hitting 7, 8, or 9. He can handle the drop off, but we do need to guarantee we get another pitcher to sign.

Nik
3 years 7 months ago

Mike Aviles is the Sox SS

sourbob
3 years 7 months ago

Once more, with FEELING.

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t understand this move. If they’re doing this to get Oswalt, ok, they gain in the pitching department. But then who’s playing short? Iglesias is definitely not really offensively…in the majors, he will probably struggle to stay above the Mendoza line.

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 7 months ago

Get it done O’Dowd, finally get someone who could play everyday at 2B. As long as not giving up too much of course…

3 years 7 months ago

fill one hole by creating another

redsx968
3 years 7 months ago

There’s some innuendo there somewhere…

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

could be great, could be really dumb. fun

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

Agreed, but (at least in my opinion) it’s what would have immediately followed this trade, rather than who they got in return, that would have made it great or dumb.

UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 7 months ago

That sounds like something the Red Sox would do.  Trade their starting SS and his $6MM salary.  So they could free up the money to sign Oswalt at about $8MM.

Don’t look now but that’s $2MM more than Scutaro and unless they have someone they or are getting someone from the Rockies to replace Scutaro.  This is somewhat confusing.

3 years 7 months ago

Whether he’s considered polished enough or not, they do have Iglesias.

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 7 months ago

He’s NOT.

.235/.285/.269

^does that look polished enough for you? Those numbers would be disappointing even if he achieved those in the majors…but that was triple A! He’s not ready.

Jon Melton
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah that .559 ops  is not so good

chris_synan1
3 years 7 months ago

hmmm…interesting, maybe this is to free up space for Oswalt….I think Aviles is gonna be the starting shortstop he is gonna be great with a full time job and produce, maybe Nick Punto might split time with him….well all i care about is signing oswalt

Ben H.
3 years 7 months ago

I think this is leading to bigger things… boggarts is going to be better than Iggy. I smell a big trade coming. Just my two cents. Let the comments flow..

redsx968
3 years 7 months ago

Who says the comments are gonna flow…

Johnny S.
3 years 7 months ago

Sox going to get Nakajima or something

3 years 7 months ago

Yankees didn’t sign him.. He’s back in Japan now.

Johnny S.
3 years 7 months ago

So I had time to think, are Sox going to get Troy Tulowitzski?

Neil Guzman
3 years 7 months ago

Bartender, he’ll have another…;)

thekoshow
3 years 7 months ago

I’m curious as to who this Troy Tulowitzski fellow is. The Rockies have someone by the name of Troy Tulowitzki. Odd how their names are so similar.

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 7 months ago

Renck now saying talks are fizzling between Rox/Sox. “reluctant” to happen.

3 years 7 months ago

This is why I hate twitter.

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 7 months ago

My apologies…was just passing the news along, thought Sox fans would want to know.

redsx968
3 years 7 months ago

This is why I love twitter. Thank god for false information

Neil Guzman
3 years 7 months ago

Probably Renck spinning it more than anything…

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 7 months ago

All he wants is his name on it if a deal was to get done. He always seems a bit desperate to me.

Neil Guzman
3 years 7 months ago

Agreed…which is why I rarely pay attention to anything he says in the Post…not a fan…

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 7 months ago

Definitely don’t pay attention to his articles for the Post. But follow on twitter only because hes the only one who actually keeps fans updated. None the less, getting tired of his antics honestly.

3 years 7 months ago

The state of Colorado straight up for Daniel Nava.

rickjimbo
3 years 7 months ago

Your trade proposal = hero status

Joseph Jonathan Herrera
3 years 7 months ago

Is this Renck guy a serious reporter?  How does he go from “close” to “fizzle” in less than 30 minutes?  We all knew the Sox had no alternative to Scutaro at SS, he should do his homework in the future before going all Twitter tabloid with his reporting.

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 7 months ago

He has these type of moments. Happened last yr with Michael Young rumors.

Neil Guzman
3 years 7 months ago

I’m sure he wants to be taken seriously…whether or not he is taken seriously is debatable…

Vinnie White
3 years 7 months ago

Why don’t the Rox give the Sox Herrera and a B prospect for Scutaro and cash.  Hererra can man SS for the sox.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 7 months ago

So Scutaro would play 2B I guess since they signed Blake at third. No idea who the Sox would put at Short…hopefully not punto.

3 years 7 months ago

I’m amazed no one has mentioned the possibility of Hanley Ramirez. Although unlikely, don’t go all postal on me I said the POSSIBILITY.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

 Only there is no real possibility.

Jim McGrath
3 years 7 months ago

Big deal: Sox get Castro, Garza and take Soriano for Soriano’s full salary off Theo’s hands in return the Cubs get Ranaudo, Buch, Iggy and Youk to play 1 b.

They then move Scutaro and Miller or Doubrount to the Rockies for pitcher Jhoulys Chacin.

New rotation: Garza, Lester, Beckett, Chacin, Cook, Padilla.

I still think Beckett will be moved before the season starts.

What do I know–fun to speculate.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

I’m going to play it safe and say that none of that is ever even discussed.

EDIT: Also, Garza wouldn’t be the #1 pitcher and they wouldn’t have a 6 man rotation. Although, if they were to do this who knows what other ridiculous things they might do.

slider32
3 years 7 months ago

If I’m Cherrington I’m not trading with Theo, your going to lose that deal.