Marco Scutaro has agreed to a contract with the Boston Red Sox. Terms have been slow to come out, but Buster Olney reports via Twitter it’s a two-year deal that guarantees $12.5 million over two years, that could go a third year—$14 million total if Scutaro picks up the option or $17 million if the Red Sox pick it up the option.
In reality, the deal will almost certainly pay out a minimum of $14 million, because if Scutaro tanks, he’ll pick up the option. So, at a minimum, it’s a two-year, $14 million deal. A third year is gravy or a sunk cost that you write off. If he ages normally, the Sox will gladly pick up a cheap option. The Red Sox also must forgo their first-round draft pick, because Scutaro is a Type A free agent.
My take: an excellent deal for the Red Sox. I estimate that Scutaro will be worth about $20 million over the next two seasons. While his bat may not be much, he’s a good defender (Plus/Minus of +12 and +16 at shortstop the past two seasons) at a tough defensive position.