Originally written December 04, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
Bidding for free agent shortstop Marco Scutaro is turning into a three team race between the Giants, Cardinals, and Yankees (of course). The contracts being offered for Scutaro's services have escalated to the point where he has a three year, $24 million offer on the table from the Giants (apparently). To me, this seems like a lot of money for a player's age 37 through 39 seasons. Scutaro is one of few middle infield options on the free agent market with a pulse this winter, and that's upping his value. But $24 million over three years would be a near 50% increase over the three years and $17 million (after his 2012 option was exercised) that the Red Sox gave him prior to the 2010 season. Scutaro also took a significant step back in 2012, with a .366 BABIP in 61 games after his trade from the Rockies to the Giants pulling his overall stats out of the gutter. Essentially by offering Scutaro that much money, teams are banking on the fact that the real Marco Scutaro...
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