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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Red Sox - Signed Scutaro
Boston Red Sox - Signed SS Marco Scutaro to a 2-year, $12.5 million contract.
This contract breaks down as a million-dollar signing bonus, $5 million in each of the next two years, and a $6 million/$3 million mutual option for 2012 with a $1.5 million buyout.
Once the Red Sox could get Scutaro to agree to only a two-year commitment coming off the best season of his career, there was no question about pulling the trigger. Unlike teams like the Royals that should consider risk their friend, Boston is and should be risk-averse where possible. Given Lowrie’s wrist problems and no suitable replacement at SS within the system, the team will be happy if Scutaro plays like he did for 2006-2008. The contract’s not so big that the Red Sox will be in a corner if Lowrie’s completely healthy and playing well - they’ll still find enough at-bats for everybody.
On a personal note, it was nice to see Scutaro finally have a pretty big season. About a decade ago, when usenet was still relevant, Scutaro was a fairly decent cause célèbre and a lot of statheads, me included, had been a little disappointed that Scutaro wasn’t regularly a 350/400 player like his minor league stats had suggested.
ZiPS really thinks Fenway will be an excellent park for Scutaro.
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