Originally posted on Big League Stew  |  Last updated 1/21/12
The trade was on. Then it was off. Now it's complete. As Troy Renck of the Denver Post first reported in all three phases of the deal that took a little over 24 hours to complete, the Colorado Rockies have acquired Marco Scutaro from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortensen. No money changed hands in the deal, which means the Rockies will be on the hook for the $6 million Scutaro is owed in 2012. That pushes their projected payroll to just under the $82 million they paid out last season, and could signal the end to their aggressive offseason. It also means new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, who was willing to settle for a minimal return in Mortensen, a 26 year-old sinkerballer, really needed that money to make serious push for a free agent starting pitcher. . To no one's surprise, we're already hearing reports that pitcher will be Roy Oswalt. Assuming the Oswalt signing takes place, the trade will look like a win-win in the eyes of most. For...
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