The Red Sox have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent shortstop Marco Scutaro, with an option for a third year, pending a physical, according to a Red Sox source.It's difficult to fully wrap your head around this deal without knowing what the Red Sox are paying Scutaro, but I'd be very happy with this move if I was a Red Sox fan. Aside from giving up a first round pick to sign Scutaro (which they happened to gain back yesterday from the Braves), the Red Sox accomplished all these objectives:
Scutaro apparently has satisfied Boston's concerns about his health after he worked out for the club Tuesday and the team examined his medical records.
- signed the best shortstop on the free agent market
- short term deal that does not block the path of Jose Iglesias
- Quality defensive shortstop
- High OBP
- Can leadoff if needed
- scores runs
- can hit for some power and steal some bases
As for Scutaro, I'm a little surprised that his agents weren't able to get a guaranteed third year from the Red Sox given how weak the free agent market is for shortstops. But nevertheless, this is a great situation for Scutaro, who has gone from a little known utility infielder to the starting shortstop on the Boston Red Sox. Pretty nice story there.
The Red Sox have struggled for so long to find a suitable starting shortstop. We don't know if Marco Scuatro is the answer right now, but this looks like a shrewd signing by Theo Epstein. Marco Scutaro is not a flashy player or a big name, but if he can put together two seasons comparable to his 2009 season, then Red Sox fans will be thrilled with this signing.