Deal Ends Shortstop Speculation, At Least For Now
The Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays have played musical chairs with shortstops this off-season with both teams officially electing to switch players for 2010.
Marco Scutaro has agreed to a two-year deal with an option, according to the Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, as Theo Epstein and the Boston Red Sox have found their solution to the laundry list of players that have fill the shortstop hole in the past five years.
It seemed that as soon as Billy Wagner signed with another team, that the Sox were willing to part with their first-round pick in order to sign Scutaro as they are receiving compensation from the Atlanta Braves for the Wagner signing.
The 34-year-old Scutaro hit .282 with 12 homer runs and 60 RBIs last season for the Blue Jays and ranked third among American League shortstops with a .379 on-base percentage. The Sox hope Scutaro’s career year in 2009 wasn’t an aberration as Boston will look for the veteran to continue to get on base, most likely out of the nine hole, at a better rate than offensively challenged Alex Gonzalez did in 2006 and part of last season.