Saturday January 21, 2012 | 07:49 PM

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.


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