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Has Marco Scutaro Started Calling the Shots?

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 09:  Marco Scutaro #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays stands in the dugout before their game against the Oakland Athletics on May 9, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Ian HunterCorrespondent INovember 30, 2009

Type A free agency must be an incredible power that changes a man because it sounds like the temptation of playing for big money with a perennial playoff contender might be going to Marco Scutaro's head.

MLBTR recently reported that Scutaro's preferred destinations are the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers because they give him the best chance of playing in the postseason.

When did Scutaro suddenly decide to start calling the shots?

Predominantly a career journeyman, Scutaro hit career highs in all offensive categories in 2009 and did a decent job fielding during his first two full seasons in the majors as a full-time shortstop. He's expected to command a hefty contract from the highest bidder on the market, but I wonder if all this attention has made him a little jaded.

With six years of service time under his belt, it's not as though Scutaro has had a long and tortured time in the majors like his former teammate Roy Halladay. Unlike Doc, Scoots played in both the Division and League Championship Series with the Athletics in 2006.

Don't get me wrong—Marco Scutaro was a great player for the Blue Jays, and after the year he put up this season, he rightfully deserves a big paycheque. However, is he really in the position to start making demands to sign with a team who is a perennial contender?

Perhaps Scutaro should speak to Halladay about how long you have to play on a losing team before you can start making demands to play for a winning team.

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