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Update: Bidding on Marco Scutaro is up to three-years, $24 million

Dec 4, 2012, 7:57 PM EDT

Update: Buster Olney is chiming back in, with a source telling him it’s 50-50 that Scutaro returns to the Giants. The source indicated that St. Louis is the most likely alternative for the veteran infielder. Scutaro, of course, was the NLCS MVP when the Giants knocked the Cardinals out of the postseason in October.


That’s the word from Buster:

Three years for a 37 year-old seems a bit … optimistic. Especially considering how bad the first half of his season was last year. I mean, yes, it’s possible that he found a legit fountain of youth in San Francisco. But it’s also possible that he just got hot for a couple of months and now the Giants are going to overpay and over-commit to him as a result.

  1. stex52 - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Looks reasonable for a year or two based on 2012. When you look at the last four years, looks like an overpay.

    • okwhitefalcon - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      What’s next, 20 mil over 2 for Aaron Miles?

      At least he can pitch from time to time..

  2. escapingexile - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Even Ned Coletti says that idea sucks.

  3. tuberippin - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Sabean doing what he does best: overpaying for free agents that don’t pan out.

    • blabidibla - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      He says to the GM who has won 2 WS in 3 years.

      • tuberippin - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM

        Please. The Giants win in spite of Sabean’s free agency decisions. Sabean can draft well but has a pretty poor recent record when it comes to signing FAs.

        Was re-signing Aubrey Huff a good move? Was signing Barry Zito a good move? Do you really think paying Angel Pagan 40 million and Scutaro 24 million is going to work out well?

      • ptfu - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:33 PM

        Aaron Rowand, Edgar Renteria, Aubrey Huff, and Barry Zito (not worth it until maybe very recently) all say hi.

      • ptfu - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        And of course tuberippin had to post at that EXACT moment, and I end up crossposting, and look silly. Ah well.

  4. kardshark1 - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Bringing back the band sure is important to Sabean even though that strategy was awful in 2011. I’m so confused. The only two hitting prospects the Giants have are both first round picks in Gary Brown and Joe Panik. They play CF and 2nd and are age ready for the big leagues now (admittingly, not talent ready). Yet the two free agents the Giants sign are a CF and what looks like a 2nd baseman to a 4 and 3 year deal respectively.

    And at the start of 2011, the only hitting prospect they had was Brandon Belt, a first baseman. Yet their big free agent signing was Aubrey Huff, a first baseman, to a 3 year deal. And all that did was block Belt’s progression.

    And you could say the same to a lesser extent with Buster Posey in 2010 when they resigned Benji Molina. Again, all that did was cause the Giants to win the division by 1 game instead of 3-4 games if Posey had played all year.

    And also with Nate Schierholtz a few years before that.

    Even if Brown and Panik turn out bad, at least give them a shot and don’t block them during their peak progression years. If the Giants have zero faith in their 22-25 year old hitting prospects, why bother drafting them?

    • SOBEIT - Dec 4, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      I see your point with Panik/Scutaro. But Pagan can be moved to LF and Brown can take CF. It’s obvious the team is not sold on Blanco. And we have no idea if we keep Pence beyond next year. So that could open up RF. But I agree that it is a risk for an older player similar to the post WS Huff deal. I guess the only good thing is that it is less than $11M/yr. With a signing bonus potentially included in the $24, it would be less than $8M/yr. The 3rd year is the bigger risk than the annual $$ for me.

      • kardshark1 - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        But the reason 10 mil a year is at least justifiable for Pagan because he plays CF. Moving him to left really deminishes his value.

        Maybe I’m wrong, but in 2014 when 3/5 of their rotation are free agents… Giants fans are gonna be wishing that Panik and Brown were playing full time rather than Pagan and Marco, and we’d have that extra 18 mil a year to a make a run at Josh Johnson or a Roy Halladay… Or bring back Timmy if he figures things out and rebounds nicely.

      • SOBEIT - Dec 9, 2012 at 9:30 AM


        What do you mean by $10M value…we have Pence in RF making more. I don’t understand your diminishing value because he moves positions. It is better than eating $10M. And Scutaro is only $6M a year so it won’t be $18M for both Scutaro and Pagan.

        And that extra $18M you talk about…why would we sign a broken down Josh Johnson who always gets injured and an old Roy Halladay, especially since both would want huge contracts? I wouldn’t want to sign them now…no way I want them in 2014. It would be better to keep Timmy.

        Yes the rotation will be expensive, but we have Cain and Bum locked up. Voge should have the endurance to get through another 2-3 years. Zito is gone and Timmy may be gone. By 2014,2015, we should have 1-2 new starters from the farm.

  5. smcgaels1997 - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Why is everyone always concerned its not your $$$

    • paperlions - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Sure it is….whose money do you think baseball teams are spending?

      • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:54 PM

        Regional sports network’s. Oh wait, that’s our money too. Damn expensive cable packages.

  6. fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    imagine if the Yankees did that……

    oh boy

  7. xpensivewinos - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    You guys need to proof your headlines, because some maniac posted one that says Marco Scutaro may get a three year contract for in upwards of 24 million dollars.

    We all know that can’t possibly be right.

    I look forward to reading the corrected post……

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      dude, if you have a glove you can get work too………….

      I just hope he can feed his family on that, Spree had a hard time raising his fam on that.

      hey, i’m just telling you what he said man.

    • paperlions - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Obviously his account was hacked…or something.

  8. sportsnut101 - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Just let him go.

  9. APBA Guy - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Baseball Tonight and MLB Tonight both said that one impact of A-Rod’s injury was that every 3B eligible FA would see his price rice. So it has in Scutaro’s case.

    • APBA Guy - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      Or his price “rise”.

      I join OG in his call for an Edit Function.

      Stop the tyranny of fat fingers!

  10. redsoxchamp11 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    At last check it is my money. My cable bill, my money for tickets and admission…this is all on my dime.

  11. chill1184 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Got to love the MLB offseason…..

  12. paperlions - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no. This would be a monumentally dumb signing for the Cardinals…for 1 year so he can play 2B/SS, sure…3 years…nooooo thank you.

  13. mtr3618 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Please don’t do it St. Louis!

  14. marklar1025 - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    There’s too much of a Cody Ross feeling here. There are other options for 2B that dont cost as much. I like Theriot and think he would be cheaper for the same value of total play.

    • Gamera the Brave - Dec 5, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      I think you’re wrong on that comparison. Ross had a notoriously long, sweeping swing, exactly the kind that leads to good power, and a lot of strikeouts. That’s why he hits .265 or so every year. Scutaro is a slap and line-drive hitter with a compact swing and much better hand-eye coordination. His batting average is not only stable, but has generally improved with age.
      Certainly he will start declining at some point, but he takes good care of himself, makes contact, and is likely to be good for about two years. The third year was just because that’s the FA environment these days.

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