Pending physical, Scutaro to join Red Sox


The draft giveth and the draft taketh away. Although the Red Sox earned themselves two first-round picks when the Braves signed Billy Wagner last night, they may be surrendering their other first-round pick as they are on the verge of signing Marco Scutaro. Lídre Deportes first broke the news, and Ed Price has confirmed that the Sox will give Scutaro two years. Michael Silverman of The Boston Herald says the deal will include a mutual option for a third year. As we thought at the time, the news about Dustin Pedroia’s potentially moving to short was just a negotiating ploy.

Scutaro turned 34 on Halloween and is a career .265/.337/.384 hitter over eight seasons with the Mets, A’s and Blue Jays. He had a career year last year, hitting .282/.379/.409 with a career-high in home runs (12) and RBI (60). It was his first season with an OPS+ over 100. My, how Jed Lowrie’s stock has dropped. No word yet on the money.

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  • J

    OMG!!!1!1! Someone call Toronto and get Halladay NOW!!!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      What is Cashman doing!!!!
      Where is Bay, Lackey, Halladay and Holliday!

  • Pete

    Crap, he owns Mariano! ;-)

    • Benjamin Kabak

      2 for 11 with 1 home run, but man, does that home run stick out.

      • Pete

        I guarantee Lucchino brought this up.

  • Reggie C.

    If Lidre Deportes can break this before Heyman or Rosenthal, then the RAB guys definitely have a shot at an exclusive scoop! Find out where Shelley signs!!

  • Francesa

    Show me Scutaro’s stats from the last five games!!!!!!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    The sox could potentially not lose their first rounder assuming they sign Holliday as well, right? That pick would be pushed back to the second round for the BJs.

    (I have no idea what I’m talking about, saw this on another board.)

    • Benjamin Kabak

      I think that’s if the Braves sign Holliday. The Sox definitely lose more draft picks if they sign Holliday.

      • pat

        This is true, the Cardinals would get the Braves’ first round pick as Holliday is a higher rated Type A free agent. The Sox would then get the Braves’ 2nd rounder.

    • pat

      They will get the Braves pick no matter who else they sign.

    • Mike Axisa

      It doesn’t matter. Once this deal is official, Boston’s true first rounder is gone no matter who else they sign.

      • BklynJT

        When all is said and done, if they sign holliday and bay signs elsewhere, will they still have the first rounder from bay, or does it go away to another team?

        Get First rounder + supplemental from Braves
        Get First rounder + supplemental from Bay signing elsewhere
        Give pick for signing Scutaro
        Give pick for signing Holliday

        Do they lose their first rounder from Bay or is that pick protected?

        • whozat

          All compensation picks are protected, and the sandwich picks are guaranteed to be between the first and second round.

          That said, if the Braves sign a higher-rank free agent than Wagner, the Sox will get a lesser pick from them.

        • pat

          Picks you receive from other teams cannot be redistributed. If Bay signs somewhere else they get that pick. That’ll give them 2 first rounders.

  • Crazy Eyes Killa

    So. Fucking. Gritty.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      False. He is a latino.

      So. Fucking. Lazy.

  • Reggie C.

    Is Scutaro going to benefit from the Green Monster. That wall is an elixir of sorts. It turns grit to greatness.

    • Pete

      …and eventually it turns a singles hitter into a maniac who tries to jack everything.

      Ask Dusty.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Haha Sox fans don’t even like this since they want Jed Lowrie. Just hope they don’t get Holliday.

  • Beamish

    Two vereges in one sentence. This is a MAJOR signing. ;-)

  • Hey ZZ

    Another ugly white guy. Should fit right in that clubhouse

    • Teix is the Man


    • Benjamin Kabak

      Scutaro’s from Venezuela.

      • Hey ZZ

        Is he really? Both his parents are of European descent so I guess thats why he does not look Venezuelan at all.

        • Benjamin Kabak

          Francisco Cervelli is Venezuelan too. There are a lot of Italian-named and Italian-looking Venezuelans. It’s not called Little Venice for nothing.

          • Pete

            Cervelli played for Team Italy in the WBC. So they’re that desperate to win that they now take guys who only just LOOK Italian? ;)

            • Salty Buggah

              I thought Cervelli’s dad is Italian?

      • r.w.g.

        There are white people all over South America. Just pointing out that someone is Venezuelan doesn’t really mean a whole lot, nor does it make Marco Scutaro any less white.

      • vin

        I totally thought he was from New Jersey or something. Learn something new every day.

    • Pete

      When does he get his godawful facial hair – at the press conference?

      • pat

        Ever see Boondock Saints when they go into that special room with all the guns and knives and other cool shit? Boston has a similar secret room in the Monster that’s the same thing except with beards, goatees, mustaches, fu-manchu’s, flavor savors, mutton chops, neckbeards, scruff, 5 o clock shadows, handlebars, sideburns, chinstraps. All his for the taking.

        • zzzzzz

          hahahahaha. very VERY well played!

        • radnom

          *slow clap*

  • Slugger27

    and with that, the yanks title hopes are dashed….

    maybe if we sign mauer and lee next offseason we can at least hope to be competitive with the sox in 2011

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      But then they will resign Julio Lugo to a 5year/$80mil contract, as the new ace when Beckett leaves. Then we would be seriously fucked.

      • Slugger27

        youre right, we better get webb and crawford too… maybe we could win the wild card

        • Angelo

          Or we could trade everyone in our farm system to get the King and Lincecum right now. I’d suspect that we would also need to trade Cano and Melky, but we need to make this happen if we want to have a shot at beating the Redsox. PITCHING WINS BALLGAMES!!! offense is unimportant.

  • Evil Empire
  • Teix is the Man

    Get a salary cap, NOW!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Reportedly it is two years, with an mutual option for a third year. Take that third year Scutaro, it’ll delay the second coming of Omar Vizquel in a Sox Uniform!

    • pat

      Actually Omar Vizquel was the first coming of Jose Iglesias.

      • Angelo


  • Salty Buggah

    Here’s to a regression to the mean, though even that is way better than what the Sox has at SS before.

    • AndrewYF

      Not really. Scutaro is very similar to Julio Lugo.

      • Salty Buggah

        With way better D than Lugo had

      • Salty Buggah

        Also, Scutaro had a great WAR last year with $27+ mil of production. So that’s why I was hoping for a regression from him.

      • Drew

        Career wise yeah. But as a Red Sox Lugo was absolutely abysmal.

  • Slu

    Well, I wouldn’t have signed him, but he should be better than what they had.

    I just think there is no way he matches last year’s production and he won’t be worth what he gets paid over the life of the contract. And I am aware we don’t know the money yet, but I am sure it is too much.

    • Angelo

      I agree, he has Gary Mathews Jr written all over him, but with far less potential.

  • Rey22

    We should just go into full rebuild mode. There’s no way we can compete with the Red Sox anymore. They’re gonna win the division AND the wild card. World Series too of course. Our quest for #28 will have to resume in 2030, when MLB owners agree to ban Marco Scutaro from the MLB to make the games interesting again and restore some sort of competitive balance. Till Marco Jr. signs with the Red Sox of course…

  • Angelo

    There go the Redsox, ruining baseball by using their money *sigh*

  • Evil Empire

    I’ve never been bashful to give Boston / Theo credit when credit is due.

    This is not one of these times.

    Can you say fucking OUTLIER? At age 34, Scutaro is what he is, though Boston should be thankful for even a career average season given his age. In 6 full seasons, he’s OPS’d below .700 3 times. In 2009 he OPS’d 41 points higher than he ever had before (.788 vs .747 in ’06) and his 3rd highest OPS was .701 in 2005.

    Defense-wise, he seems about average as a shortstop. He put up a 1.0 UZR/150 in 2009, and what I thought was interesting is that while he started 143 games there this season, his 2nd highest GS total in a single season at SS was only 77. I know he was a utility guy for most of his career but my perception was pretty off there, I thought he had played quite a few more games at the posish.

    Anyway, my pseudo-analysis is that he’s not worth the combination of his salary, roster spot, and draft pick. Its not a big deal if he doesn’t work out, and he’s the type of player that if Lowrie ends up working out you always just turn him back into a middling super-sub, but he’s not The Answer, even short term, at SS and at worst, he’s Julio Lugo minus the embarrassing contract.

    • jim p

      On the other hand, seems he hits fly balls. A right-hander in Fenway might get that artificial boost in his stats. Sort of like Bay.

      • Evil Empire

        He has a career .384 SLG and 50 homeruns in 3103 plate appearances. Last year was the only year he had double digits in homers.

        Over the past 3 years he’s had 50 ABs at Fenway and OPS’d .589, with zero home runs. Yes I know, small sample size, but still … not worried. At all.

      • jim p

        but 2009 in Fenway, 22PA, .263/.364/.263. Singles and walks.

        career 106 PA, 290/.321/.400. Hmmm. Hopefully this ends up hurting Boston.

        Hopefully, everything ends up hurting Boston, Even butterflies in Thailand.

        • Evil Empire

          Heh, that makes his career OPS at Fenway exactly the same as his total career OPS, .721

          • JGS

            it was .702 until this year. that’s how much of an outlier 2009 was

  • r.w.g.

    He’ll probably play pretty decent. I’d expect a similar year as 2009.

  • Jake H

    What a stupid move.

    • Drew

      They filled a glaring hole for 2 years. How is it stupid?

      • Benjamin Kabak


        Even if Scutaro is just a 100 OPS+ guy who plays average defense, that’s a huge upgrade from what they had been getting out of short. Granted, he might do that, but it’s not a stupid move unless they overpaid.

        • Evil Empire

          What makes you realistically think he is going to be a 100 OPS+ guy though?

          Looks to me like they’re buying high on a guy past his prime.

          • Benjamin Kabak

            100 sOPS+ will be ok too. He’s an average SS hitter. If he can do that for the Sox, they’ll be happy.

            • Evil Empire

              I do agree with that, if he can be a league average shortstop offensively and defensively, its an improvement, no debate. But I think we both know Theo was thinking “Shit, has it really come down to this? Giving up a #1 draft pick for 2 years of an aging Marco Scutaro?”

          • Evil Empire

            I guess I can’t accuse them of buying high until we actually know what the contract was, but I’d have to think it was something like $13M or more if Scutaro accepted the deal this early in the off season.

          • pat

            Mmmmm Steinbrener-esque. Really depends on the money though. IMO anything over 7.5 a year is too much.

          • r.w.g.

            Eh.. I dunno. He’s had some sort of similar seasons in the past. It’s not like he’s just been hanging around the major leagues because he’s well-liked.

            He popped 9 homers in his first full season.. that’s 3 less than his career high? That’s not really a huge swing. He’s also got 4 seasons where he’s posted OPS around .700, with a .747 season thrown in along with this past year’s .789.

            He’s got more seasons with his SLG hovering around the .400 mark (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009) than seasons where it’s lower. His strikeout to walk numbers have always been pretty decent.. and even the years where he was posting terrible OBPs he wasn’t striking out (2004 – .297 OBP but only 58 K in 477 PA. decent AVG, too).

            It’s pretty obvious he’s not Hanley Ramirez. But he’s got a good eye at the plate, he’s not ancient, can field his position passably, and he’s a much surer bet than Jed Lowrie.

            Was 2009 a career year? Yeah, sure. But he had almost a hundred more PA in 2009 than he had previously and his AVG went up and he walked more than he struck out.

        • AndrewYF

          They overpaid simply by giving up a first round pick.

          They also overpaid by giving Scutaro the choice to be under contract for significant dollars at the age of 36.

          If Scutaro is ‘just’ a 100 OPS+ guy with average defense, then that will be fulfilling a best-case scenario.

          A much more likely scenario is that he goes exactly the way of Edgar Renteria or Julio Lugo.

          He was a fairly useful utility player who performed well for one year at the age of 33. He’s extremely low on any list of players who are likely to even come close to their production in 2009.

          It’s a move that has a much higher chance of failure than success. If the only way a move can be considered good is if it works out to its very unlikely best-case scenario, how could that possibly be considered a good move?

          • TheZack

            As people here would say: “This.”

          • MatyRuggz

            Makes us glad we’ve had Derek Jeter all of these years and haven’t had to deal with the “shortstop question” the Red Sux have to answer every 2-3 years.

        • Will

          If he is an OPS+ 100 guy, he’ll be playing well over his career average. Also, while Nick Green was a disaster, AGon did put up an OPS+ of 95 last year, so Boston probably would have been better off just resigning him. Giving away the draft pick as well as forgoing the opportunity to make a real upgrade make this a misguided deal, IMO.

  • Jack
    • Evil Empire

      He just put up a reaction post to the signing too:

      Neyer likes it, so that probably counts for something, though I will respectfully disagree with his outlook and he doesn’t mention Scutaro costing a draft pick in either post. I’m curious what KLaw thinks.

  • Januz

    I do not like the signing at all. Scutaro had 100 runs scored, last year, which to be fair is a great number. But it was 24 better than any year he ever had. This looks like he had a career year (Throw in the fact, they spent $8m on Inglecias and you see utter desperation coming out of Boston).

    • pat

      Runs Scored is stupid. He scored a lot of runs because he had a career high OBP and his teammates drove him in. Runs is a very, very dumb way of analyzing players

    • AndrewYF

      Yes, Beckett is a nice pitcher, Lowell provided them with one above-average season at third base, and they won a championship on their backs, but man am I glad they traded Hanley Ramirez away. That’s caused them no end of troubles, and they don’t look to be going away anytime soon. Are they really pinning their hopes on a 19-year old defense-first Cuban shortstop?

      • Evil Empire

        “Are they really pinning their hopes on a 19-year old defense-first Cuban shortstop?”

        …who they *hope* muscles up enough to develop gap power.

  • dkidd

    not sure why scutaro is described as a “high obp” guy. his career obp is .337

    • radnom

      Which is higher than anyone who has played SS for the Sox since 2004

      • Angelo

        Well said

  • Bob Stone

    Short Stop in Boston under Theo’s regime has been a black hole.

    The list of failures: Orlando Cabreara, Edgar Renteria, Alex Gonzalez, Alex Cora, Julio Lugo, Jed Lowrie, Alex Gonzalez (Edition 2).

    The only player on this list that was reasonably good was Cabrera and the BoSox, for reasons unexplained, chose to let him go.

    Add Scutaro to the list of failed short stops in Boston. It will remain a mysterious black hole.

    • Pete

      Yeah, still scratching my head over the Cabrera move.

  • gargoyle

    Money? Scutaro will actually pay the Red Sox a small amount for the privilege of being their 1000th shortstop in the last 5 years.

  • JohnC

    Gammons thinks this is a brilliant move by the Red Sox, as they begin to assemble another team built to win in the playoffs.

    • Angelo

      Peter Gammons is not bias, leave him alone. He just really thinks Scutaro is an excellent player that will help catapult the Redsox to another championship.

      • Zack

        Plus it allows them to put Lowrie as the main piece in an Adrian Gonzalez deal