According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Giants will sign the veteran middle infielder to a multi-year deal:
Source: Scutaro in agreement with #SFGiants, $20 million for three years.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 5, 2012
Forget that Scutaro will be 37 years old by the time this deal is up—he was too clutch in the postseason to not be retained. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports mentioned on Tuesday that the Cardinals and Yankees were also said to be interested, but Scutaro decided to return anyway.
Acquired from the Colorado Rockies before the trade deadline in July, Scutaro came to the Giants a new player. He hit .362 in 61 games, which is completely out of character for the career .276 hitter.
When the playoffs came around, Scutaro didn't slow down. He was injured in Game 2 of the NLCS when Matt Holliday slid hard into second base, but that didn't stop his hot streak. He came back and hit .500 in the series while also playing sound defense at second.
Scutaro was a critical part of the Giants' magical postseason run and he deserved to come back to San Francisco. The veteran isn't going to win any Silver Slugger Awards, but he is going to play solid defense, work counts and do the little things that every team needs to win big games.
It's important for the Giants to retain the core of last year's team, and Scutaro is a big part of that.