The Red Sox are on the verge of a making a deal for free-agent shortstop Marco Scutaro, who apparently has satisfied Boston's concerns about his health after he worked out for the club Tuesday and the team examined his medical records.It looks like it's been confirmed as a two-year deal, with maybe an option for a third year.
A 34-year-old guy who just had his career year at a 111 OPS+? I know there's not a lot out there to choose from, but jesus. What the fuck kind of $ did Theo agree to shovel at this guy? Scutaro's next best OPS+ was 96 in 2006 -- and he's never broken 90 in any of his other six seasons. He's a utility infielder; two of his top three B-Ref comps are Tony Graffanino and Pokey Reese.
I watched Scutaro fairly often on the Toronto channels last summer. He has some gap power, really works his at-bats well, and can drive some pitchers to distraction. He fielded very well on the turf, but I still want to see him manage the Fenway grass before I'll feel entirely comfortable with the 2 Year Bridge to Iglesias.