According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rockies have expressed interest in executing a trade for veteran Red Sox infielder Marco Scutaro.
Scutaro is set to earn around $6 million in 2012 via a club option that was exercised at the end of October. That kind of money normally wouldn’t drive the Red Sox front office to the trading table, but the club has exceeded baseball’s luxury-tax threshold in each of the past two offseasons and would reportedly like to trim a bit from their payroll before Opening Day.
Scutaro is expendable in Boston because of the presence of Jed Lowrie, and the expected emergence of shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias. The 36-year-old batted .299/.358/.423 with seven homers and 54 RBI in 445 plate appearances this year while playing his usual brand of steady defense. Colorado could use him frequently at both second base and the hot corner.
After the Cubs won the World Series last month — their first since 1908 — owner Tom Ricketts said he plans to reach out to Steve Bartman to provide “closure.”
Bartman was the fan who interfered with left fielder Moises Alou’s attempt to catch a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS against the Marlins. Alou was particularly irate about Bartman’s presence and it led to the fan becoming persona non grata in Chicago. In the time since, even before the Cubs won the World Series, the club has tried to make amends but Bartman has rejected offers to speak publicly and he has also rejected invitations to Wrigley Field.
Alou pledged to make time to attend any ceremony the Cubs stage for Bartman, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago-Sun Times reports.
Alou said, “Why not? I’d like to meet Bartman.” He continued, “I have nothing against the guy. I said it right after the game. I had the ball, and I got upset, but at the same time it’s not that kid’s fault. Everybody goes to the ballpark, and they bring a glove. Every wants to catch a fly ball.” However, He still maintains that he would have caught the ball if he had not been impeded.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.