Scutaro Heading to Colorado?
Update – 8:20PM Trade talks for Marco Scutaro, at this point, are dead. No real surprise, but there are still some interesting points to derive from this non-story.
First, the Red Sox obviously believe that the collection of bottom tier pitchers they have accrued over the past month may not actually suffice. Second, they will in fact pursue moving
a player salary before looking to sign a pitcher like Roy Oswalt. Third, it is not easy to find a suitor who is willing to eat the majority, if not all, of a player’s contract. Finally, even if Ben Cherington finds a team who is willing to take a player like Marco Scutaro, it is not easy to replace the vacancy that he will ultimately leave. Nick Punto and Mike Aviles are nice complimentary players, but Scutaro is a steady player who performed well down the stretch last season.
This offseason should serve as example for poor signings. Just because a player is available, does not make him a good fit. Sure would be nice to have the cool six million Bobby Jenks made last year or the easy six he will collect this year.
Reports are indicating that a trade could be made involving Marco Scutaro and the Rockies. As of right now, talks have fizzled, and there is really nothing to report. However, this is an indication that Ben Cherington believes that the acquisition of a quality starting pitcher is important. The solution for the Red Sox rotation likely will not come from Colorado. Instead, moving Scutaro, who is set to make $6MM is 2012, would free up money to target a guy like Roy Oswalt.
Staying below or as close to the luxury tax threshold is clearly very, very important to the Red Sox. Fans and Dan Shaughnessy can disagree with it all they want, but it is real.
Continue to check back for updates. In other words, I ain’t doin’ much tonight.