The Red Sox traded Marco Scutaro to the Rockies.
He was projected as Boston’s starting shortstop but will play second base and bat second in Colorado, where the Rockies also have added Michael Cuddyer and Ramon Martinez in an offseason makeover following last year’s disappointing slide.
Boston gets pitcher Clay Mortensen.
Marco posted a .358 OBP in 2011, the second highest of his career. Rockies #2 hitters got on at a .336 clip last season, so if Marco can repeat his Fenway performance, there should be some improvement at the top of the order. Even if he falls back to his .338 career mark, that would be a nice improvement from the .304 Rockies second basemen posted last season.
I’m not sure what the Red Sox see in Mortensen. So far in the majors, none of this three true-outcomes are outstanding. He does not strike out batters at a good rate, and his walk and home run rates don’t make up for it. Maybe the Red Sox were happy to save the $5 million they owed Marco in 2012.