Giants Acquire Marco Scutaro

The Giants have acquired infielder Marco Scutaro and cash considerations from the Rockies in exchange for minor league second baseman Charlie Culberson.  The money will help pay a portion of the approximately $2.2MM that Scutaro is owed for the rest of the season.  According to MLBTR's Transaction Tracker, this is the first time since 2006 that the two NL West rivals have been trade partners.

Scutaro, 36, has a .271/.324/.359 line in 411 plate appearances with the Rockies heading into Friday's play, though he has just a .570 OPS away from Coors Field.  Scutaro has played mostly second base this season and has also seen some time at short in place of the injured Troy Tulowitzki.  The veteran could see time at either position in San Francisco, as shortstop Brandon Crawford and second baseman Ryan Theriot have little offensive value, though Crawford has a solid glove.  Scutaro also has experience at third base and could see time at the hot corner with Pablo Sandoval injured. 

The Rockies acquired Scutaro in a trade with the Red Sox last winter and he enjoyed his time in Colorado, telling Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that he would be interested in re-signing with the Rockies as a free agent in the offseason.

Culberson was a supplemental first-round pick (51st overall) of the Giants in the 2007 amateur draft.  The 23-year-old has a .258/.309/.379 batting line in 2575 minor league plate appearances and made his Major League debut this season, appearing in six games for the Giants.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post was the first to report that Scutaro was going to San Francisco.  The Rockies' official Twitter feed announced Culberson's involvement, though Andrew Baggarly of thought a deal was in the offing earlier tonight when he reported that Culberson had been pulled from Triple-A Frisco's lineup.  Baggarly also had details about the Rockies' cash payment.

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  1. Wilsonl 3 years ago

    Acquired for Charlie Culberson. Good, good..

    • 55saveslives 3 years ago

      Good trade. Culberson was TOTALLY over matched when he was called up.

      • sourbob 3 years ago

        Just glancing at his numbers, it looks like they totally rushed that kid.

        • BLB25 3 years ago

          He’s not particularly young

          • Eric Ritz 3 years ago

            23 seems super young to me…

          • sourbob 3 years ago

            No, but he’s not so old they needed to move him to the majors before he could break a 700 OPS in the PCL, either.

  2. RippinNTearinAB 3 years ago

    For Tim Lincecum?

  3. bigpat 3 years ago

    I seen this on MLB Network a minute before it was posted here. They didn’t say the player but mentioned a deal went down. Just saying… hehe.

    • thesultanofswingandmiss 3 years ago

      I just saw it while watching the Giants. At first I didn’t see Scutaro’s name in the trade. So it said Giants trade Charlie Culberson to Rockies for cash. I got pretty excited.

    • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

      MLB Network is awesome. I had just closed the laptop, heard on MLBN there was trade and instantly opened it back up!

  4. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

    Solid move for the Giants. I recently saw a movie about Marco Scutaro while he was a minor leaguer with the Milawaukee Brewers and how he and his teammates struggled to make it to the Majors. Definitely was a good watch and it even shed light on how Scutaro liked to operate remote control cars on the field before the game. Can’t go wrong here.
    Hope he finds success in SF.

    • thegrayrace 3 years ago

      Guy who is featured in a documentary and likes to operate remote control cars on the field equals acquisition that can’t go wrong? Not following that logic…

    • jwsox 3 years ago

      What movie? Netflix?

      • brstreet9 3 years ago

        Yes, on Netflix (might still be on there, I saw it about a year ago on there), called “A Player To Be Named Later”. Pretty interesting documentary…

  5. sdsuphilip 3 years ago

    Scutaro and his under 600 OPS away from coors will fill in well with that giants lineup

    • itsmewade 3 years ago

      And in their stadium it should only get better :)

      • BLB25 3 years ago

        ATT is pretty neutral, in fact its not a bad hitters park at all for right handed hitters.

      • bigbird24 3 years ago

        It is a great place to play if you are a gap hitter as it has some of the largest gaps available due to the overplaying of RF’s toward Right Center field.

  6. thegoldenone 3 years ago

    Crawford .624 ops, Scutaro .684 ops while playing in Colorado. Not much of an upgrade. Plus declining defense.

    • 55saveslives 3 years ago

      He’s replacing Burriss not Crawford

      • Darmintak 3 years ago

        Thank God for that.

      • don’t be so sure about that… doesn’t make much sense to bring in scutaro to warm the bench… burriss will go to make room, but he’s not the guy getting replaced.

        • Scott 3 years ago

          He’s taking over Burriss’s spot, but will get more PT than Burris got. I’d expect him to steal a start away from Theriot here and there, initially I see him starting at 3B until Sandoval is healthy. Depending on how they handle 1B, you could see Scutaro at 3B, Craw at SS, with Arias filling in at both positions while Sandoval takes over at 1B.

        • SFrush90 3 years ago

          Scutaro’s not taking over Theriot’s spot and he’ll get starts at SS probably when lefties are pitching and occasional starts at 2B when Theriot needs a day off, but I’d still assume Crawford will get the majority of the starts.

    • thegrayrace 3 years ago

      .238/.278/.292/.570 away from Coors. Possibly a downgrade.

      • BLB25 3 years ago

        projected numbers are very solid, better than Theriot, Crawford or Arias by quite a bit.

      • WillieMaysField 3 years ago

        He will replace Burriss. Look at burriss’s #’s. Two extra ball hits in his last 300 PA’s. Big upgrade for the Giants bench. Now go get a bullpen arm Sabes.

  7. Darmintak 3 years ago

    Culberson’s OBP in AA was under .300.

    I don’t mind giving him up.

  8. sfgiants49 3 years ago

    bye bye burriss

    • Darmintak 3 years ago

      This deserves champagne!

      • SFrush90 3 years ago

        What do fans care more about, acquiring Scutaro or that this means no more Burriss? I’ll go with no more Burriss.

  9. Tired_OF_FakeRumors 3 years ago

    Should have traded Gary brown for Daniel Murphy(.300 hitter), hairston(lefties killer) and byrdak(loogie)

    • sfgiants49 3 years ago

      Hell no.

      • Darmintak 3 years ago

        We don’t need any more left mashers.

        And Brown’s value has fallen precipitately this year.

        • sfgiants49 3 years ago

          So you trade him for another singles hitter? We have plenty of those.

          • Darmintak 3 years ago

            The point is to not trade him at all…

          • exactly. brown is the immediate future and he’s going to be starting in CF for years to come. really though, this year doesnt matter, it matters how scouts evaluate him. same reason we see guys at the big league level go through ups and downs only to go to their career averages. hard hit balls right at guys, etc etc. 600 PA will always tell the true story, which is why brown is now hitting. keep him sabes. i think he will, or he would’ve traded him for beltran rather than wheeler, who they thought was too wild to make it to the bigs

        • mistgl 3 years ago

          I guess you weren’t aware he’s been hitting since June? And is like 3 hits away form a .300 AVG

          • Darmintak 3 years ago

            I am aware.

            The point is that even though he is returning to (hopefully) form, that long slump damaged his value.

    • sourbob 3 years ago

      The Mets turned down Gregerson for Murphy. That being a great offer that fits their needs, I am assuming that means they are keeping him.

  10. swing1 3 years ago

    Scu-scu-scutaro! (imagine this is phil collins singing)

  11. Keegan Rafael 3 years ago

    Nice, I like the move. Solid aquisition.

  12. Scott 3 years ago

    Good move to provide depth for the INF. I would assume that Burriss is going to DFA shortly.

  13. wildabeast4 3 years ago

    good start. now go get a reliever and a big OF bat

    • thesultanofswingandmiss 3 years ago

      Hello? Do you know who Melky Cabrera is? We just need a good veteran 1st baseman who can still hit (Like Albert Pujols for example but lord knows were not going to get him). Then we sign the first baseman to a 4 year deal and put belt in against some pitchers and the other guy against some other pitchers. Belt will improve and then we can drop this other first baseman!

  14. thegoldenone 3 years ago

    Was weird seeing Tejada as a Giant but with Scut declining so much this year, may put up similar results in SF

    • Darmintak 3 years ago

      He’s better than Burriss.

      • thegoldenone 3 years ago

        Wait till you see how “good” he is this year before you declare that.

        • Darmintak 3 years ago

          He has more than one XBH this year. I’ll take him.

  15. FamousGrouse 3 years ago

    Culberson, lots of K’s, good speed and gap hitter (well at least the year I saw him).

  16. sdsny 3 years ago

    His numbers offensively away from Coors Field are a bit of a secondary thought. The Giants clearly aren’t looking at Scutaro to be what Beltran was at the time he was acquired last season. He’s the type of guy you play small ball with, which is something the Giants have to do.

  17. the A’s just got denied

  18. California_RedBirds 3 years ago

    I think wherever he’s played at whether SS or 2B, he’s an upgrade. Crawford is one heck of a defensive player but has yet to find consistency with the bat. And Theriot is a terrible defender with a little pop. At least with Scutaro he’s a above average defender and a decent hitter.

    • Nate McLaughlin 3 years ago

      One, Crawford has the most errors on the team and surprisingly a defensive liability (see our series in Washington, he blew a game, one of many). Theriot has had great defense here in San Francisco with barely an error. He also gives consistently good at-bats in any situation (can’t say the same for Crawford).

      • Nylund 3 years ago

        Crawford has a lot of defensive talent, but he’s made a lot of mistakes. Hopefully the talent will show through in the long-run, but yes, Crawford has been more of a liability in the field than most thought (but he’s also made some great plays).

        But Theriot as a bad defender? I don’t know if CA_RedBirds watches Giants games, but Theriot has already made more than a season’s worth of really incredible plays. Maybe lifetime, he’s not a great defender, but I’ve really liked what I’ve seen him do in SF with the glove.

      • ramjamrock 3 years ago

        It’s funny that you highlight the series with the Nationals. Since then, he has been spectacular defensively.

  19. jwsox 3 years ago

    Team 1 for me is the whitesox being from a Chicago suburb. Team 2 is the giants as I’m moving out to San Fran hopefully no more than 2 years from now, this is a great trade for them.

  20. Sage 3 years ago

    Scutaro. Yup, that’ll really help. Ya know what actually would help? Going out and getting Corey Hart. He’s probably available at this point.

  21. Karkat 3 years ago

    So far this year, Marco Scutaro has been traded for Clayton Mortensen and then for Charlie Culberson. Hope he didn’t have an ego.

    • Karkat 3 years ago

      Never mind, he just won the NLCS MVP, so I guess he can have an ego…

  22. Chris Faina 3 years ago

    This article is all messed up. Says Rockies are getting cash to pay Scutaro’s contract and then says the Giants AAA team is in “Frisco” lol

  23. BLB25 3 years ago

    The Giants needed to improve the bench, Sabean said he wanted to improve the bench, and this improves the bench. Yea, they could still use another hitter and maybe another bullpen arm (though I’m not sure that can’t be fixed from within) but its definitely a step in the right direction and they gave up pretty much nothing. I don’t get why there’s grumbling about this deal. This deal certainly doesn’t prohibit them from still acquiring a Willingham, Soriano, Choo, Hart, Hairston or Pence.

  24. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    Scutaro was a decent hitter on the Red Sox. I don’t know who Buriss is or how good he is, but Scutaro can help this team.

  25. Marinersforever71 3 years ago

    Seattle Mariners should acquire Burriss and a second tier minor-league prospect from the San Fran Giants for relief pitcher Brandon League who can be a great closer for the Giants, esp. in the playoffs. That will be a smart move for both teams.

  26. Potential great acquisition…IF…Scutaro’s numbers away from Coors improve with the Giants.

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