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Hot-hitting impending free agent Marco Scutaro “would love to” re-sign with Giants

Sep 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Marco Scutaro didn’t hit much for the Rockies, batting .271 with a .684 OPS in 95 games, but he’s been on fire since a July 27 trade to the Giants with a .341 batting average, .808 OPS, and 30 RBIs in 44 games.

At the time of the trade Scutaro seemed unhappy to be leaving Colorado, but he’s apparently quickly taken a liking to San Francisco and the impending free agent told Andrew Baggarly of that he “would love to come back here.”

Scutaro indicated that he’d be willing to re-sign before hitting the open market as a free agent and Baggarly writes that “the Giants will make every effort to re-sign Scutaro after this season” because even though he’s 37 years old they lack any other in-house options at second base.

Obviously he’s playing way over his head since coming to the Giants, but Scutaro’s overall numbers this season (.293 batting average, six homers, .724 OPS) are right in line with his career marks. He’s always been a good, solid all-around player and no one loves good, solid veterans more than the Giants.

  1. Joe - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    “He’s always been a good, solid all-around player and no one loves good, solid veterans more than the Giants.”

    The Giants seem to favor good, solid, all-around players with forks protruding from their backs, and I don’t see that on Scoot just yet.

    • temporarilyexiled - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM


      I’ll object to BOTH of the above sentences.

      Are there really any teams out there that don’t love good, solid veterans?

      As for forks protruding from their backs, sometimes yes, sometimes no.

      As critical as I’ve been of the organization’s track record, it would appear that they’re more careful about adding senior league players these days, and they’ve also added some youth.

      The real key will be if and when the farm system can produce enough position players to make the comments I’m reacting to a distant memory.

      Putting this kind of stuff to rest will just be another reason to smile (at least for me) when the team continues to improve.

      • jkcalhoun - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        I’ll second that “Wow”, because these clearly aren’t the same old Giants. These days, half of the regular position players are home-grown guys 25 or younger, and of the other regulars, besides Scutaro only one of them is even 30 (Angel Pagan).

  2. APBA Guy - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Yes, time to bury the stereotypes about the Giants and their ways, especially with that 7 game division lead. The pick up of Scutaro was astute.

  3. afirst916 - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Heard a stat on the radio the other day, they said since he’s been with the Giants, he’s swung and missed at less than 10 pitches. If they can get him for a reasonable price, they have to resign him.

  4. Matt S - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    It’s amazing that the meme about the Giants loving veteran players, which was accurate around 2004, still persists to this day.

    • jkcalhoun - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Even as late as 2007, when the second youngest regular was Bengie Molina and nobody under 30 reached a total of 300 PAs (Frandsen topped that list with 296), I’d say the stereotype was still accurate. And even after that it was still very difficult for a young player to get and to hold onto a regular role on the Giants. I’d say that it’s only since 2009, starting with Sandoval and later followed by Posey, Crawford, and now Belt as regular players, that the old saw about old Giants has begun to go to rust.

    • SOBEIT - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Did you look at the age of the team in 2010 WS team…that was pretty old and just 2 years ago. Huff, Molina (before traded), Rowand, Uribe, FSanchez, Renteria, Burrell, Andres Torres were all over 30…and many over 35.

      The Giants have really moved to a younger lineup. The starting pitching was always pretty young with the core and then adding veterans like Mota, Affeldt, and Lopez. But it is the fielders that have really gotten young. Posey, Sandoval, Belt, Crawford…that is a young INF core to be around for a while. Scutaro adds the needed senior veteran presence, along with Pagan, Theriot, Nady and Huff who are considered the old guys…and half are stuck on the bench and not as starters. So a quick turnaround from just 2 years ago.

      • jkcalhoun - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        If by “many over 35” you mean Molina (gone July 1) and DeRosa (on the DL the rest of the season after May 8), then I can agree with you.

        If they were “pretty old” that year, then the 2010 Phillies were several years older than “pretty old”.

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