Marco Scutaro to the Boston Red Sox: An Underwhelming Choice

Sean KennedyCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2009

NEW YORK - AUGUST 10:  Marco Scutaro #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws to first base during the game on August 10, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Pending a physical, the Red Sox and free agent shortstop Marco Scutaro have reached an agreement on a two-year contract, with an option for a third year.  

Scutaro had the best season of his career in 2009, putting up .282/.379/.409 numbers. He had career highs in runs (100), homers (12), doubles (35), steals (14) and matched his career high with 60 RBI.

The numbers that particularly stand out are his OBP (which was third among AL shortstops), doubles, and runs scored. But my bet is that Scutaro has peaked. He had a career year at the age of 34.
This is the Red Sox first significant move of this offseason (Jeremy Hermida notwithstanding), and the feeling I'm left with is: This is it? This is the best the Red Sox could do?
It's simply difficult to get excited about Marco Scutaro, who, at age 34, is coming off a career year.
Scutaro's career stat line is .265/.337/.384, which is tough to get excited about. Over the past six seasons he's averaged eight homers and 47 RBI. Getting excited yet?
Scutaro has played 415 career games at shortstop, 306 at second base, 98 at third base, 18 in the outfield, and three at first base.
As a shortstop, Scutaro has a .973 career fielding percentage.
For comparison's sake, Alex Gonzalez has a .970 career FP over 1206 games, a significantly higher sample size.
Orlando Cabrera also has a .970 career FP, over 1684 career games at short.
And Edgar Renteria also has a career .970 FP, over 1960 games at short. 
Ultimately, after all the chaos and flux at the shortstop position for the Red Sox, many of us were hoping for something more dramatic, and a player who is far more dynamic. But it was not to be.
Meet your new shortstop, Red Sox fans. Get used to him; apparently he'll be around for at least two years.

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