Re: Rockies near deal for Scutaro...
posted at 1/20/2012 6:59 PM EST
I like Scutaro. He is gutsy and often rises to the occasion when more famous teammates wither.
However, when you look at our whole roster and try to determine how we can trim salary to stay below the tax limit and still have enough to upgrade our staff, we should to look at the positions where we have the most MLB ready prospects and/or quality back-ups. The second part of the issue is what will we get in return in trade (probably not much) and how we spend the money saved.
The only positions where we could trade the starter and not lose a lot of production are:
Scutaro (.744 with Boston/turns 37 in October) is really not that much better than who could take his place.
Mike Aviles: (.775 with Boston & .737 career/turns 31 in March) is more versatile and is a better fielding SS than Marco.
Nick Punto: (.809 in 2011-just 166 PAs & .652 career/turned 34 in Nov.) is a better fielder.
Jose Iglesias: (tiny MLB sample/just turned 22) Could be a top 5 MLB fielding SS and most likely bottom 5 hitting MLB SS in 2012.
Salty: (.737 in 2011-his best season/turns 27in May-the same age VTek broke out) Showed low stamina, issues blocking the plate (even not counting Wake), and very poor comparisons with VTek on "getting the best" out of almost every individual Sox pitcher.
Lava: (.738 in a tiny sample/turns 25 in August) Could be the big RH'd bat we are looking for to boost our line-up. Defensive issues are a concern.
Shoppach: the back-up who hits LHPs very well and is solid defensively.
Papi: (.953 in 2011/just turned 36 in Nov.) Hard to expect replacing his numbers with Lavarnway/Youk and whoever, but replacing Papi creates much better flexibility, especially in NL parks.
Lava: (See above)/ Youk: increase his chance to stay healthy and productive.