Sox pick up Scutaro’s option

The Boston Red Sox have been seemingly searching for a long term solution to the shortstop position since Nomar Garciaparra was traded out of town during the 2004 season.  In a year with Jimmy Rollins, Jose Reyes, and Rafael Furcal all entering unrestricted free agency, you might expect the Red Sox to invest big money into one of these marquee shortstops.  Not quite.

The Red Sox exercised the 2012 team option for Marco Scutaro tonight.  Scutaro has been a solid player in his first two years in a Red Sox uniform, putting up a .284 AVG, .343 OBP, .744 OPS line to go with a .968 fielding %.  Scutaro gives the Red Sox what they want in the lineup, particularly from a bottom of the order option – good plate discipline, good contact, and solid fielding.  The other three options in the shortstop market all provide high risks to go along with potential high rewards.

With Jose Iglesias waiting in the wings it was a no-brainer to bring Scutaro back with a 6 million dollar option for 2012.  Scutaro will be 36 next season but showed no signs of slowing down at 35, providing good production in August and September for the Sox last season.  And Scutaro has been a hard worker and good clubhouse presnce for the Sox in the past two years and it would would nice to see him play in October for only the 2nd time in his 11 year career in the majors.

It was really a no-brainer for Cherington but so far he is 1-1 in his moves.

Twitter @ErikVenskus

 

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30 year old sports enthusiast and aspiring writer from Boston.

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