Red Sox Trade Marco Scutaro

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Yesterday, the Red Sox made some progress in their pursuit to create a better starting rotation. The Sox traded shortstop Marco Scutaro to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for pitcher Clayton Mortenson. This is the second shortstop the Red Sox have traded this off-season. The other one was Jed Lowrie. This means that Mike Aviles and Nick Punto will most likely be playing shortstop this season. The main point of this trade wasn’t to acquire Mortenson, but it was to trade away Scutaro to free up salary cap room. The Sox freed up approximately $6MM, according MLB TradeRumors. With new freedom with the salary cap, the Red Sox can intensify their pursuit of Roy Oswalt, arguably the best available starting pitcher in free agency at this time. Yesterday, the Red Sox also avoided arbitration with Daniel Bard, who will most likely be converting to starter this year. The Red Sox signed him to a one-year, $1.6125MM contract. Last season he pitched 2.88 ERA, according to MLB TradeRumors. There still are some question marks on the Red Sox rotation, said GM Ben Cherington, but these moves will help remove some of them.
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