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Reports: Red Sox nab Scutaro to take over at shortstop

Dec 3, 2009, 10:04 PM EDT

UpdateMultiple sources are now confirming the agreement. The Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says the two sides have, in fact, come to terms on a two-year deal, likely with a mutual option for a third year.
Sources close to Marco Scutaro told Venezuela-based Lider that the free agent has agreed to terms with the Red Sox.
There’s absolutely nothing to back up the report, and it’s entirely possible that it will be proven false. However, we can be reasonably certain that the Red Sox and Scutaro are talking and there’s not necessarily anything standing in the way of a deal getting done quickly.

  1. dlp - Dec 3, 2009 at 11:57 PM

    How are the Jays ever going to build a team when all they seem to do is send good players away. Now that the pimp is gone, I would have thought we would start to see some movement in the right direction. Not!

  2. Arendell - Dec 4, 2009 at 12:33 AM

    This a very bad move by the Red Sox. It shows the fan base that thay will not be contending for the next 2 to 3 years. So be it. There call. Now for mine. I have supported them since the mid 1950ies. I wil not be going there. I will not be buying the gear. or hitting up there websites.
    Marco Scutaro, yes you had your best year ever last year. Now this year coming you wil do as all players your 34 years do. slip back to more what is noormal for you. A nice++ player as a back up. But you are still just that, A BACK UP PLAYER. Bye Bye Red Sox! Untill now we beilved in you.Now We do not. Your Record FULL Attendance,, Kiss it good bye with this Signing..

  3. Hasdrubal - Dec 4, 2009 at 12:34 AM

    Looks like someone is trying to “BUY” a championship!

  4. Sensfan - Dec 4, 2009 at 1:33 AM

    Pretty dumb comment. I’m not saying Scutaro is amazing, or that I even like the signing, but he can be no worse than Lugo, and they won a world series with him. The sox have not had a good shortstop since Cabrera, and yet they have maintained a sell-out streak, and have contended. If you think one signing is going to change all that you’re nuts. He’s going to be their number 9 hitter, he’s not going to make or break the team.

  5. Sensfan - Dec 4, 2009 at 1:35 AM

    And I cannot believe that someone who has supported a team since the 1950s is abandoning them over a shortstop that is only a stopgap until a much better prospect is ready. If you did indeed support them since the 50s, you waited something like 50 years to watch them win a world series, experienced Buckner and other ludicrous moments, and marco scutaro is your breaking point? Ridiculous.

  6. billybill - Dec 4, 2009 at 4:27 AM

    Obviously the Sox just need a shortstop.Buying a guy like this won’t win anybody a championship.Shoulda stuck with Gonzo.

  7. Arendell - Dec 4, 2009 at 7:52 AM

    Yes. but this action from the Red Sox, Reaks of a second place team letting an another team play them into a bad bad move. Gonzo who was there SS, and a stop gap one at that. Would have cost them 1/2 the $$ for 2 years. And is just as good if not better. Fits in nicely plays nicely. But some Clown at the top wanted a NAMED big time SS. Who was/is makeing headlines. But missed the boat on this one. And now. Wel there is no way thay will make it back to the playoffs this year or for the next few years.
    Takeing other teams back up players as your starter has never worked,with older players! Yes scooter is a stp gap player for 2years. But when you already have one WHY go out give up a ##1 pick, for a player who is at best = to or less than what you have.This is poor poor management. And it ticks’ me off to see them go back to this kind of thinking.
    Management was say the same type of thing when thay went and got a good hitter named Dick Stewart, to play first base. ya he hit some and watching him a first base, well you would have to have been there. 3 rings. and now. Scooter. Noooooooooo!!!. A 7 year back up out of 8 years in the majors. Great 1 year. Now he goes back to Normal. A good back up, but we pay for a front line player.
    Second , no try third class act, yup thay will finish closer to 3rd and 7 to 9 games back in the wild card race.
    yes, I am very very ticked at them. and will not wast any more of my cash when there not going to even try to make a run at a WS

  8. BsRule - Dec 4, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    I agree w Sensfan(although he clearly follows the wrong NHL team). You are a moron Arendell. I hope you didn’t graduate from New England schools. That is quite possibly the worst grammar and spelling I have ever seen on top of not knowing what you’re talking about baseball-wise. ‘There’ is a place, ‘their’ implies possesion. Go watch the NBA. Maybe spend some of that cash you won’t be wasting on some English lessons.

  9. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 4, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    So it’s not just the Yanks fans who are off-the-wall sometimes? Whew, that’s a relief.
    I’m surprised that Scutaro was the ‘final straw’, but it’s fun to watch nonetheless.

  10. Jremy - Dec 4, 2009 at 9:03 AM

    Haha, this is the last straw? Not letting Tex go the Yanks cause we weren’t willing to sell a few extra hot dogs? Not that we made the short stop a revolving door for the last five years? Nothing like that, but a free agent signing that’s probably a better value the Drew or Lugo?
    Honestly, it’s funny. Your post is laughable.

  11. Dan - Dec 4, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Unless Scutaro somehow maintains his contract drive production, this is an awful signing, its awfulness only mitigated by the two year length. I am still a fan of Jed Lowrie and believe that if healthy he is a legit major league starter. But this signing means that he’ll never get that chance with the team that drafted him, unless Scutaro goes down with an injury. At best now Lowrie is a super-sub getting some starts around the IF but in reality the team only hopes to showcase him as healthy enough that he gains value as a young, controllable player to be dealt.
    I’d have been much happier if they had just signed A-Gon for something more reasonable than the six million dollar option Cincy gave him, and then just let Lowrie compete for the job.

  12. SoxFan79 - Dec 4, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Arendell, Your comments on Gonzalez vs. Scutaro are totally unfounded. Scutaro is only 1 year older, so age shouldn’t even be a factor. You say Scutaro had a career year last year, so why not compare some career stats instead of 1-year stats? Scutaro is a better hitter (.265 career avg vs. Gonzo’s .247), gets on base a lot more (more walks than Gonzo and in fewer seasons to boot), has better speed (35SB in 47 chances vs. Gonzo’s 26/45), and even has a higher fielding percentage at SS (.977 vs. Gonzo’s .970). On top of that, Scutaro is a more versatile fielder – he can play 2B and 3B. Gonzo only plays SS. Also, the comment about Scutaro being a career backup isn’t true either. He’s averaged 128 games per season for the past 6 seasons. Guess how many Gonzo averaged over the past 6 seasons – 129. And that’s not including 2008 when he didn’t play at all. Scutaro may not be a future hall of famer, but he’s an above agerage hitter and a great defender. This is a good pickup.

  13. Joey B - Dec 4, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    “And I cannot believe that someone who has supported a team since the 1950s is abandoning them over a shortstop that is only a stopgap until a much better prospect is ready. If you did indeed support them since the 50s, you waited something like 50 years to watch them win a world series, experienced Buckner and other ludicrous moments, and marco scutaro is your breaking point? Ridiculous.”
    I seriously doubt he is a RS fan. The royal ‘we’, like he is speaking on behalf of a group, gives it away. We are not amused. We do not really care for the signing, but we understand that Scutaro is better than Gonzo, who we also like. Is he $3-4M? I have my doubts. But if someone tells you he is not going to root for a team, because it spent a couple of extra $$$ to improve the #9 slot in the lineup, they are either lying or nuts.

  14. pittfan - Dec 4, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Oh, Thank goodness!!!! Jeter keeps his crown we are saved from a would be imposter!!…….Sawx fans, how’s it feel to play for 2nd place?

  15. KOZ - Dec 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    I am not happy with Scutaro as the SS selection. I have trouble believing there was not a better choice out there. But, I am not throwing the baby out with the bathwater. If the BOSOX turn out to be a 2nd place team in 2010, it won’t in anyway be because of the new SS. Not going after Gonzales from San Diego with big $$ and (not “or” AND) Haliday are what is needed. This mistake combined with not dumping and finding a replacement for Papi, who I believe is all done, might be the reason for finding 2nd place in 2010, but Scutaro will do better than anyone in the SS position since Nomar left.

  16. CommonNow - Dec 4, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Couldn’t we really call that 4th place (3 division leaders then the Wild Card?) Either way the sox are not improving their soft offense very much here. Arendell may not have made it past 5th grade grammar but he may be right about the Sox not having much of a chance in ’10.

  17. Sensfan - Dec 4, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    I don’t advocate going after both Gonzalez and Halladay. First off, probably not possible considering the centerpiece to both deals would most likely be Buchholz. Second, we would have to give up half our farm system, and definitely Bard and Kelly, along with Clay, etc. The reason the sox are so successful year in and year out is because of the talent we develop (Pedroia, Ellsbury, Papelbon, Youkilis, Lester). I think we’re much better off to trade for Gonzalez and sign someone like Harden or Sheets or Bedard to a one year, incentive-laden contract to compensate for the loss of Buchholz in the Gonzalez deal. Combined with signing either Bay or Holliday, and possibly Soriano or Gonzalez from Atlanta and I truly feel we will be the better team in the AL East.

  18. Joey B - Dec 4, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    “Couldn’t we really call that 4th place (3 division leaders then the Wild Card?) Either way the sox are not improving their soft offense very much here. Arendell may not have made it past 5th grade grammar but he may be right about the Sox not having much of a chance in ’10.”
    I don’t see the logic behind that. We finished with the 3rd best record in BB. We ‘should’ have Dice & Buch for a full year rather than Penny & Smoltz. We should have VMart instead of Tek for 120 games. We should have Scutaro for the full season rather than Green, Lowrie, and Gonzo.
    Theoretically, shouldn’t we win more than the 95 we won last year (assuming we sign Bay or a reasonable replacement)?

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