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Rockies in talks with Red Sox for Marco Scutaro … maybe

Jan 20, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Not so fast. Less than an hour after his original report Renck says “talks are now fizzling.”

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies “are close to acquiring” Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox.

Colorado has been looking for a veteran second baseman and Scutaro would be a nice addition, but the deal doesn’t make much sense for Boston unless the Red Sox have another move up their sleeve for a new shortstop.

They already traded Jed Lowrie to the Astros last month and prospect Jose Iglesias, while a slick fielder, hit just .235 at Triple-A last season as a 21-year-old. Parting with Scutaro would leave Nick Punto or Mike Aviles atop the shortstop depth chart for now, so it’s pretty safe to say there would be another move coming.

And by clearing Scutaro’s $6 million salary off the books the Red Sox might also be in stronger position to pursue a free agent starting pitcher like Roy Oswalt or Edwin Jackson.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Do not like this move at all. Scutaro is great presence in the lineup for the Sox. He sees tons of pitches and puts together great at bats along with playing above average defense. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any other middle infielders that are being shopped around that are better than Scutaro. Personally, I would hate to see Scutaro leave as he’s proven he’s worth keeping.

    • bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      Scutaro probalby would love to jump off of the sinking ship that is the Red Sox though. Too bad no one is going to do anything to help Boston get out of the hole that they dug themselves into. Watch them spiral downward into mediocrity and beyond.

      • Ralphie - Jan 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        Bozo, that was an outstanding stream of consciousness. You always seem to have that momentary spasm of creativity once each month, about five days into your fifteen-day menstruation cycle.

    • 1overmind - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM

      I’m sorry but Scutaro does not play above average defense. He has no range and a very weak arm. He’s basically a 2B playing SS. And aside from September, his offense is usually mediocre.

      • rollinghighwayblues - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:52 AM

        Sorry, I guess I was giving Scutaro too much credit on his defense…average is more like it. I was giving him the benefit of the doubt because of all of the nagging and plaguing injuries he’s played through along with the infinite amount of cortisone shots he has required.

        On the other hand, calling his offense mediocre is a farce.
        AL Shortstops who played in more than 100 games…Scutaro ranks…

        2010 2011

        OBP- 4th OBP- 2nd
        AVG- 2nd AVG- 2nd
        SLG- 5th SLG- 4th
        wOBA- 3rd wOBA- 4th
        wRC+- 5th wRC+- 5th

  2. uyf1950 - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Maybe they are looking to sign Oswalt. Oswalt wants $8MM, Scutaro makes $6MM even the Red Sox should be able to check the sofa cushions for a spare $2MM or so.

    The only problem what to do now about a SS? They have a 3rd baseman that has problems staying healthy and manning 3rd on a day to day basis and now potentially they face an issue what to do about SS. Who’s steering the SS Minnow, I’m sorry I meant the SS Red Sox.

    • bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      LMAO, uyf.

      CLASSIC!!!!!!

    • JBerardi - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      What do they do about shortstop? Sounds like they’ve come up with the brilliant plan of not trading Scutaro. Well, that was easy….

      • uyf1950 - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:33 PM

        Don’t worry give Lucchino time he’ll tell Cherington what to do about that. Just like he’s told him what to do about every other decision since he’s been hired.

      • Ari Collins - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM

        And you know this… how?

      • uyf1950 - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

        Lucchino told me.

  3. lardin - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Youk for Hanley?

    • bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      Too bad the Marlins don’t want the overpaid garbage of the Red Sox.

  4. neelyisgod - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    A-Gone for Hanley, Helton at 1st for Scutaro. Sox have had a hard on for Helton for years

    • bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      Too bad those teams don’t want the overpaid garbage of the Red Sox.

      • aceshigh11 - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:39 PM

        You’re a real sick, mentally ill sack of shit.

        What the fuck did Sox fans ever do to you, you thin-skinned psychopath? Cut the bullshit already…you are played-out.

      • bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:43 PM

        Go screw yourself, you Bston crybaby. Funny that all those years of Boston fans wearing “Yankees Suck” t-shirts never bothered you, but someone on an Internet message board does. Get over yourself, loser.

      • Ari Collins - Jan 21, 2012 at 9:35 AM

        The difference, bozos, is that the Yankees Suck shirts are something a Red Sox fan might occasionally wear to needle the opposing team’s fans. You have a pathological need to comment on every single Red Sox post (and, it’s said, the posts of other teams you hate in other sports on other nbcsports blogs, and who knows where else) with hateful, irrational attacks, while “laughing” at your own “jokes”. Every post. Sometimes (as in this case) many times, often with the same attack repeated.

        You bring absolutely nothing to the table. You don’t say a single constructive thing. It’s nothing but trash talking — and not even particularly good trashing, either.

        It’s pathological and weird and disturbing how much time you spend trashing the teams you don’t like.

      • baseballisboring - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        ^ Yeah…that. There’s something seriously wrong with you. Don’t even mean it facetiously, I mean like, you really have some type of chemical imbalance in your brain that causes you to act this way. It’s just embarrassing, unacceptable behavior for a human being, and you don’t even realize it. You’re just going to make some stupid comment about us all being crybabies and resume your miserable life. You ever meet someone in real life whose life just sucks, and you’d really feel bad for them, except for they’re an asshole? Yeah…that’s you. You should probably call the suicide hotline…but hang up before they can help you.

    • felser - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      Helton’s time is way past, Hanley’s a head case and already deteriorating physically.

  5. Ari Collins - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Weird trade, should it happen. If they’re clearing payroll for a pitcher, then that pitcher could easily help them more than Scutaro, but they’d still just be trading one roster hole for another. And Scutaro’s underpaid, so he helps them with their performance relative to payroll by quite a lot.

  6. Ari Collins - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    While it APPEARS no trade is happening, it does seem like Boston’s looking for the right deal to move some payroll. Which would further indicate an attempt to get a pitcher. Oswalt? Floyd? Interesting to see if Cherington has something else up his sleeve.

  7. dgrindsports - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Scutaro would be a very nice pickup for the Rockies considering their hole @ 2nd base. Whoever spends $ on Edwin Jackson or Roy Oswalt might as well flush it down the drain. Jackson is the slowest working pitcher I’ve ever seen. 3 hour game minimum when he is on the mound. And Roy, well Roy was good in like 2001–not 2012.

    For all things sports, google Daily Grind Sports

    • Ari Collins - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      If that’s the level of analysis I can expect, I think I’ll pass, thanks.

      • hammyofdoom - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:11 PM

        Yeah…thats exactly what I thought. Thought I replied to him but my post just went further down, sigh

  8. hammyofdoom - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Er… what? Are you stoned? Oswalt’s 3.4 ERA in the past 3 years with nearly 600 innings pitched (thats even with injuries) with a better than 3 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio and a 1.2 WHIP is fine. Plus his ROOKIE year was 2001. As for Edwin Jackson, who the heck cares if he’s slow, as long as he is good who cares? Not saying he’s the best, but how quickly he works is possibly the silliest thing to nitpick on. Oswalt is certainly not in his prime, but for a cool 8 Mil he’s certainly worth that sort of money and I’m actually kinda surprised at how little he is mentioned, looking at his career stats. But now onto THIS topic, the sox could use a number 4, but Iglesias would be lucky to bat above the mendoza line at this stage of his career, so it’d be interesting to see what the sox do

  9. drewzducks - Jan 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Was this supposed to be their response to Kuroda/Pineda? Man the lifeboats.

  10. daveydawg - Jan 21, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    Did the sox run out of money or what? Penny pinching 6 m?

  11. mlblogsshameonyouredsox - Jan 21, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    the redsox should considder taking 2012 off from playing major league ball and get back to basics of tripple a ball and avoid the embarrassment of losing to themselve’s and the fans that are let down year after year or maybe they can trade the whole team away is there a franchise out there willing to trade their team for the boston bums???

    • oilcanjim - Jan 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      huh?

      • Ari Collins - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        What dont you get you should considder that runon sentences are great and boston is a tripple a team who won 90 games but nevermind that they will lose to themselve’s.

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