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Red Sox “are open to trading” shortstop Marco Scutaro

Nov 17, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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Marco Scutaro had a solid first season in Boston after signing a two-year, $12.5 million contract as a free agent last winter, basically duplicating his career numbers by hitting .275/.333/.388 despite playing through multiple injuries.

He was signed in large part because of Jed Lowrie’s uncertain injury status, but now that Lowrie is healthy again Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox “are opening to trading Scutaro for the right part.”

Scutaro is owed $5 million in 2011, with a $6.5 million option or $1.5 million buyout for 2012, which suddenly looks like a very reasonable contract in what is a very weak market for free agent shortstops. However, while the Red Sox’s odds of cashing in Scutaro for good value are helped by the weak market, trading him without bringing in another shortstop option would be placing an awful lot of faith in Lowrie staying healthy.

Lowrie was fantastic after joining the team in mid-July, hitting .287/.381/.526 in 197 plate appearances, and at 26 years old has likely reasserted himself as Boston’s long-term shortstop, but he’s played a total of 87 games in the past two seasons and the Red Sox typically like to stockpile depth as much as any team. Plus, with Dustin Pedroia coming back from a broken foot having both Scutaro and Lowrie is hardly overkill.

  1. quintjs - Nov 17, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    It also puts faith in signing a third baseman or a good first baseman, because Lowrie may be needed to cover one of those two positions as well.

    I like the idea of Lowrie as a super sub, filling in around the diamond and slowly getting more playing time over Scutaro at SS if he plays well and stays healthy throughout the year.

  2. gerryb323 - Nov 17, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Lowrie had mono this year. Not exactly an injury or something you could use to call someone “injury prone”.

    • quintjs - Nov 17, 2010 at 7:48 PM

      the wrist injury that lasted a couple of years however…

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