Scutaro to Colorado…for real this time
According to Mark Polishuk of mlbtraderumors.com, Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro will be heading to the thin air of Colorado. The deal was thought to be dead, but it seems like Ben Cherington will be able to free up some cash after all. In return, the Sox will get right handed pitcher Clayton Mortenson. He is a former supplemental first round pick.
Presumably, Cherington will now pursue Roy Oswalt or Gavin Floyd. Oswalt is a free agent, and I think $7-8MM would net him. Floyd is a young right handed pitcher who is under contract with the White Sox. A group of decent prospects would be required to pry Floyd from GM Kenny Williams.
This is a bold move by Cherington. It is not like the Red Sox just dumped off some complimentary piece who happened to be making a decent chunk of money. They just traded their starting shortstop who was making a reasonable $6MM in 2012. Sure, Scutaro is 36 years old, but he has been especially solid. A Nick Punto/Mike Aviles platoon at one the most crucial positions on the diamond? I’m not sold…yet.
Cherington has a move in place that will help put this one in context. Until that happens, it is important to take stock of the Sox as they are currently constituted heading into Spring Training. At shortstop, they have Aviles, Punto, and Jose Iglesias who is not anywhere close to being ready offensively. In the outfield, the Red Sox have Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Sweeney, Darnell McDonald, and Aviles.
The champagne is certainly not on ice.