Monday, December 9, 2013
The Boston Red Sox have traded shortstop Marco Scutaro to Colorado for right-handed pitcher Clayton Mortensen, the team announced today.
Mortensen, 26, was 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 16 appearances with Colorado last year. He also made 15 starts in Triple-A.
Scutaro, 36, hit .299 for the Red Sox last year. By trading him, are the Red Sox ready to hand the position over to Jose Iglesias, the 22-year-old Cuban shortstop who played in Portland in 2010?
Last year in Triple-A, Iglesias showed off a glove that is ready for the major leagues. But he batted .235 in Pawtucket. He played in 10 major league games, going 2-for-6 at the plate.
Boston also has utility infielders Nick Punto and Mike Aviles, although Aviles is also being considered for platoon duty in the outfield.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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