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 CSNBayArea.com 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.