Free Agent Stock Watch: Marco Scutaro

Few trade deadline acquisitions have had as much impact as Marco Scutaro, who has hit .341/.361/.447 in 44 games for the Giants after being acquired from the Rockies for prospect Charlie Culberson. He's continued to show off his trademark versatility by filling in at third base while Pablo Sandoval was hurt before taking over second full-time.

Uspw_6511012Scutaro, 36, owns a .293/.336/.388 overall batting line this season between Colorado and San Francisco. He hit .299/.358/.423 in 445 plate appearances for the Red Sox a year ago, before they exercised his $6MM option and traded him to the Rockies. Other than that versatility, Scutaro's calling card is his ability to make contact and get on-base. He's struck out in just 7.8% of his plate appearances this year, the second lowest mark in baseball. His career 8.7% walk rate is rock solid as well.

Earlier this week Scutaro made it clear that he would like to return to the Giants next season, so much so that he would be open to re-signing during the exclusive negotiating period after the World Series. The upcoming free agent class is light on quality middle infielders though, so his services will definitely be in high demand especially when you factor in his strong second half performance for a contender.

Scutaro originally signed a two-year $12.5MM contract with the Red Sox prior to the 2010 season (plus the option), and I don't think it's completely out of the question that he signs a similar multiyear deal this winter despite being three years older. The middle infield market offers few viable alternatives, and his versatility means he won't be locked into one position. The Giants are shedding Freddy Sanchez's $6MM salary after the season, money that could be easily reinvested in the team's current second baseman.

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15 Responses to Free Agent Stock Watch: Marco Scutaro Leave a Reply

  1. FrnchDp 3 years ago

    Can’t imagine the Giants not resigning him to a 1-2 yr deal. They have no other options at 2B for the near future, and Scutaro is exactly the type of hitter they need for AT&T

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      He is a good spray/gap hitter, patient at the plate and all.. Has a “fair” glove, but to sign him to a 2/12m deal at the age of 36 is asking for another Juan uribe type and I like Scutaro, just it is risky.

      • BLB25 3 years ago

        I totally agree. I also don’t think there will be a ton of demand for him outside SF. I’m sure many teams would love to have him as a utility player, but I can’t see any team being excited about giving him a multi year deal. I expect a 1 year deal in the neighborhood of 5 mil with a 2nd year mutual option that guarantees a smallish buyout if Scutaro exercises his half and the Giants decline.

        • PHILAbeatdown 3 years ago

          I can definitely see.the phillies guaranteeing him 2 years with an option for a third year if hes willing to play third base. Something around 2/10-12 with the option being 5-6 or a buyout of a million. As lonv as they are getting an rbi guy to play the outfield they will try to get him if he goes to free agency. Im pretty sure they dont wanna depend on kevin fransden to be the everyday third basemen next season… And he could slide into our number 2 spot behind rollins. I didnt know he was going to be a free agent and didnt know he could play third. I honestly would love seeing scutaro come to philly. Hes as consistent as they come. Very good player. There defintely will be other suitors then just the giants though thats for sure. Not saying he wont be in sf next year tho but im pretty sure hes gonna get more then one gaurenteed year. With the little amount of good infielders, especially a good hitter that can play all 3 spots, I can actually see a team gaurenteeing him 3 years just to be able to get him…

      • FrnchDp 3 years ago

        hence the 1-2 yr deal.. i like the option year myself.. so I guess I really meant 1+1 :)

  2. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    “He’s struck out in just 7.8% of his plate appearances this year, the second lowest mark in baseball.”

    even more fun: sctuaro’s swinging strike % for the past 3 seasons is 1.9%. think about that

    • gmenfan 3 years ago

      Interesting stat … since joining the Giants, he’s only swung and missed at 8 pitches. Unreal.

      • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

        granted it’s not always a good thing that he makes contact on every pitch he swings at, but it’s still impressive. if he can get his walk-rate back up over 8%, he’ll go right back to being a pretty valuable hitter

  3. bonds2425 3 years ago

    There is nothing out there really. Sabean has to sign him before he gets way overpaid on the open market.

  4. Stuart Brown 3 years ago

    I never would have guessed that he was 36.

  5. Namio 3 years ago

    I missed Freddy Sanchez… he was such an integral part of our 2010 championship team.

  6. BLB25 3 years ago

    Yea, he’s not as good a player as he’s been with the Giants so far, but he’s still a pretty solid player. I could easily see a .285/.325/.370 line next year. That would be his worst season since 2004 or 2005, but still better than the Giants could expect from any internal candidates or cheapish free agents.

  7. rainyperez 3 years ago

    The Giants will. He’s been ‘schooling’ the league so far with his hits for just about a little of a 1/3 of the season now.

  8. johnsilver 3 years ago

    He’s not overly aggressive at the plate and generally waits to ‘get his pitch” before swinging if possible. Does a better job of it than many IF probably would have been a better way to put it.

    Not a lot of slap/gap style hitters who will take a walk anymore.

  9. rainyperez 3 years ago

    He’s hitting a lot and has been doing well since the trade is what I mean.

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