December 4, 2009

Red Sox Sign Marco Scutaro For Two Years

Gordon Edes, ESPN:
The Red Sox are on the verge of a making a deal for free-agent shortstop Marco Scutaro, who apparently has satisfied Boston's concerns about his health after he worked out for the club Tuesday and the team examined his medical records.
It looks like it's been confirmed as a two-year deal, with maybe an option for a third year.

A 34-year-old guy who just had his career year at a 111 OPS+? I know there's not a lot out there to choose from, but jesus. What the fuck kind of $ did Theo agree to shovel at this guy? Scutaro's next best OPS+ was 96 in 2006 -- and he's never broken 90 in any of his other six seasons. He's a utility infielder; two of his top three B-Ref comps are Tony Graffanino and Pokey Reese.

SoSHer Sprowl:
I watched Scutaro fairly often on the Toronto channels last summer. He has some gap power, really works his at-bats well, and can drive some pitchers to distraction. He fielded very well on the turf, but I still want to see him manage the Fenway grass before I'll feel entirely comfortable with the 2 Year Bridge to Iglesias.

7 comments:

L-girl said...

After listening to Buffy going gaga over Scutaro - and ridiculing him for it - this is a bit hard to take. But I'm always willing to be surprised.

9casey said...

L-girl said...
After listening to Buffy going gaga over Scutaro - and ridiculing him for it - this is a bit hard to take. But I'm always willing to be surprised.



I like to be suprised with gifts and 10 dollar bills in my old jackets, but when it comes to baseball players I want to know what I am getting, and with this guy you're getting .270 10 and 60 , whooooooppeee!!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

I still would have preferred OCab. Or Seabass.

As one of my friend's often says about relationships, sometimes you are better off sticking with your first mistake.

Philip said...

Goddammit.

This is like the worst hing we could have done this offseason. A draft pick for a utility infielder with one good year?

God-frikking-dammit, Theo.

L-girl said...

I like to be suprised with gifts and 10 dollar bills in my old jackets, but when it comes to baseball players I want to know what I am getting,

Just an expression. None of us ever know what we're getting. Players have been known to perform higher (and lower) than our expectations of them.

This is not an exciting signing, but neither it is the godawful dreck people are making it out to be. It's not like the league's best SSs were all available to Theo and he passed them up.

But this is why I stay out of 99% of the trade/signing talks. Everyone got the definitive answer, and no one knows what they're talking about.

nick said...

Everyone got the definitive answer, and no one knows what they're talking about.

How is this day different from all others?

From what I hear--and I don't know what I'm talking about--the ramifications of this deal with regard to draft picks really comes into play with whatever other FA deals are made.

L-girl said...

How is this day different from all others?

Exactly. That's why I watch the game and avoid the rest.