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Report: A's made top offer to Scutaro

Dec 4, 2009, 7:02 PM EDT’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that the A’s offered Marco Scutaro a better deal than the Red Sox did before the veteran opted to sign with Boston.
Scutaro was guaranteed $12.5 million as part a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2012 with the Red Sox. The A’s guaranteed the full three years, but Scutaro preferred the chance to win a World Series with the Red Sox.
The news came as something of a surprise, given Billy Beane’s statements last month that suggested the A’s would largely remove themselves from the free agent market. Scutaro could have played either third or shortstop for the A’s, depending on how Eric Chavez looked in spring training. The A’s have expressed confidence in Cliff Pennington’s ability to start at short, but it’s still possible that he’ll end up as a long-term utilityman for the club.
Scutaro is, of course, familiar with Oakland. The club gave him his big break in 2004, and he hit .262/.321/.387 in four seasons with the A’s. With his salary on the rise, he was traded to Toronto for pitching prospect Graham Godfrey and Kristian Bell two years ago.
With Scutaro out of the picture, one wonders if the A’s will now look to bring back another one of their former infielders. Miguel Tejada remains a free agent, and unlike Scutaro, he wouldn’t cost the team a draft pick.

  1. hop - Dec 4, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    So glad baston signed this guy, he had a career year in “09 which meant he finally had a “average” year at age 34. before this year this guy sucked big time at the dish and now baston signed him for 2 years. You heard it here first, he will not put up the same average numbers from last year in 2010. Instead he will be the player he was before his “fluke” year which was garbage. Nice move theo!

  2. NorCalRaider07 - Dec 4, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Tejada, Chavez, Giambi, Ellis, Hernandez, Dye, Damian, Zito, Hudson,Mulder, We would have won 4 World Series in A Row guaranteed!!!

  3. LOL@ Hop - Dec 4, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    What a moronic poster…

  4. peteinfla - Dec 5, 2009 at 12:38 AM

    C’mon HOP, please give it a rest already. I am a huge Yanks fan, like you, but it is really getting old reading your taunts to the Sox every chance you get. Nothing wrong with this signing, in fact it made perfect sense for Boston. Not only does Scutaro not suck, he actually is one of the better fielding shortstops around if you bother to check out the defensive metrics available. Given what the Boston had last year at SS, and the very slim free agent depth at the position, this was a good deal. And with all the offense the Sox already have, I think an everyday, solid all around SS was all they needed. They do not need him to be an offensive force. And as far as the Red Sox organization, and Theo, they are one of the very best around. Great farm system, astute when adding free agents, all around a first class organization. I will never like them, but I do respect them. Listen – we are extremely lucky, as Yankee fans to have a team that not only produces quality players through the farm system, but also is willing to reinvest our massive revenue back into the team in the way of trades and free agents. Let’s enjoy our championship, and take the high road for once!

  5. GEE - Dec 5, 2009 at 1:11 AM

    LUGO is better than SCUTARO!!! HAHAHAHA

  6. jeff - Dec 5, 2009 at 4:58 AM

    theo steals page from cashman’s book maybe? at least the sox don’t hand out 3-5 year deals like the yanks. look at all the flops at pitcher they have had to eat conrtacts over in the past.

  7. Cash - Dec 5, 2009 at 6:46 AM

    Another garbage p/u by Theo…how did that work out for them last year?

  8. jeff - Dec 5, 2009 at 6:56 AM

    that’s my point – it seldom works for anyone. With the exception of getting big papi that way when the twins dumped him. but look at what happened when they spent all the money on signing renteria away from st. louis. i’d rather pay bargain bucks and maybe get lucky than waste it all on some flash in the pan.

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