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Red Sox 2011 Shortstop Preview: Marco Scutaro

Marco Scutaro (Image from Boston.com)

We continue our week-long series of previews with shortstop Marco Scutaro.

Signed as a placeholder to keep the seat warm for Jose Igelsias, who you’d think is the second coming of Ozzie Smith with all the Sox generated hype, the only thing I liked about the Marco Scutaro contract (two years/$12.5 million) was its length.

Offensively, Scutaro regressed more than is immediately evident. From his 2009 career year in Toronto he saw his OBP drop 46 points and his SLG drop 21 points. Strange, no? Most hitters see those numbers rise when coming to Fenway. Next, consider his OPS+. He posted a by-far career high 108 in ’09. He slipped to 92 with the Sox, which is close to his career number of 91, which is inflated by not only his ’09 performance but also because of his 2006 campaign, when he put up a 96 in 117 games with Oakland. Hmmm.

The signing, especially at that price, was another shortstop head scratcher from Theo. Who would have thought that signing a 33 year-old, light hitting shortstop coming off a career year would have some slippage? Some people have a weakness for blondes (I prefer a full figured brunette) but Theo has a weakness for shortstops. He is a shortstop slummer. Closing time comes and he is grabbing at the scraps.

This is a contract year for Scoots, so maybe he and JD Drew will post monster numbers but I’d much rather see Jed Lowrie playing the lionshare of games at short (more on that tomorrow).

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