According to the Boston Herald, the Red Sox are close to having a new shortstop:
- Marco Scutaro, 34, a fundamentally solid defender and high on-base percentage hitter who can also play second base, third base and the outfield, reached agreement with the Red Sox on a two-year deal this evening, according to a major-league source. There is an option for a third year. The deal is pending a physical, with an announcement expected tomorrow, Friday.
So much for Dustin Pedroia playing shortstop, huh?
This is a solid move, and the money -- whatever it winds up being -- is essentially irrelevant because the Red Sox can afford anyone on the market this winter, and anyway Scutaro isn't going to bust anybody's budget.
It's just good to have a shortstop, and better to have a pretty good shortstop. And two years with an option is perfect as the Red Sox are merely looking for a bridge to 19-year-old shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias, whose ETA is 2011 or '12.