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Red Sox expected to pick up Marco Scutaro’s option for 2012

Oct 25, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

Marco Scutaro

New Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has plenty of important decisions awaiting him this offseason, but the status of Marco Scutaro looks like an easy call.

Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald was told by “a source familiar with the Red Sox thinking” that the club is leaning toward picking up Scutaro’s $6 million option for 2012.

Scutaro, who turns 36 on Sunday, batted .299/.358/.423 with seven home runs, 54 RBI and a .781 OPS over 445 plate appearances this season. While the Red Sox collapsed down the stretch, Scutaro certainly did his part to keep them afloat, batting .387 with two homers, 21 RBI and a 1.019 OPS in September. Jed Lowrie was bothered by a lingering shoulder injury this season while Jose Iglesias struggled in the minors, so bringing Scutaro back would allow the Red Sox to focus on upgrading in other areas.

The Red Sox would owe $1.5 million in the form of a buyout if they decline the option, but Scutaro also has a $3 million player option to return in 2012.

  1. aaronmoreno - Oct 25, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Yeah, easy call. Lowrie has to be officially considered a disappointment by now, and Jose Iglesias, uh, can’t hit.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    I’ll definitely drink to this, about time something refreshing comes out of Boston after the past couple of weeks of tired crap. I’ve become a huge Scutaro fan due to his approach at the plate, he always puts together quality at bats and I will definitely look forward to watching him at least one more season in a Red Sox uniform.

  3. baseballisboring - Oct 26, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    No brainer.

  4. uyf1950 - Oct 26, 2011 at 4:38 AM

    Not a surprise that the Red Sox are willing to pick up his option. The piece mentioned that had they not there was a $1.5M buyout. That really does make the $6M option a no brainer. Besides the management of the Red Sox does have a lot of other things on their plate this winter that they have to address.

  5. skeleteeth - Oct 26, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    SIGN ELLSBURY TO AN EXTENSION ALREADY.

  6. frankvzappa - Oct 26, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Definitely a no-doubter. I thought they would bungle this one back during the season, but now that Theo is gone hopefully we will start to see more moves that make some sense.

  7. aceshigh11 - Oct 26, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Scutaro was one of the only guys on the team with a pulse in September (Ellsbury, Pedroia and Papelbon were the others).

    Good call.

  8. bosoxfan1950 - Oct 27, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Scutaro’s re-signing should be the easiest decision Cherington has facing him with this Motley Crew. Many other decisions need to be made right away, too, some of them almost as easy. Some not so easy: no contract offer to Wakefield, Varitek, or DeMarlo Hale (none of whom, IMHO, did anything to help Francona stem the tide of the malcontents in the clubhouse or the misfits in the bull pen).; re-sign David Ortiz a.s.a.p.; no decision necessary for Lackey, his surgery has postponed that need for a year; trade Beckett (the worst offender of “The Three Amigos,” he has to go) ; fire Reinold, Barajas, Takahashi and Page, again a.s.a.p.; re-sign Papelbon; dump Miller; extend, again, a.s.a.p., Ellsbury’s contract; Keep Bard, Aceves, Morales, and maybe Albers/Rich Hill –how’s Hill’s rehab going?– in the BP and upgrade the other arms; Tell John Henry that he owes everyone, particularly Carl Crawford, an apology for his stupid, asinine, and insulting remarks, make sure he makes the apology, and then gag him or lock him on his boat; Most importantly get us some PITCHING!! Starters, 3, BP upgrades, a few. I’m not big on C.J. Wilson, but I am in favor of someone (not John Henry) talking to Sabathia to see what his mindset is.
    If our farm system cannot provide that pitching we will be heavily into Free Agency and trading.

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