Rockies in talks with Red Sox for Marco Scutaro … maybe


UPDATE: Not so fast. Less than an hour after his original report Renck says “talks are now fizzling.”


Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies “are close to acquiring” Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox.

Colorado has been looking for a veteran second baseman and Scutaro would be a nice addition, but the deal doesn’t make much sense for Boston unless the Red Sox have another move up their sleeve for a new shortstop.

They already traded Jed Lowrie to the Astros last month and prospect Jose Iglesias, while a slick fielder, hit just .235 at Triple-A last season as a 21-year-old. Parting with Scutaro would leave Nick Punto or Mike Aviles atop the shortstop depth chart for now, so it’s pretty safe to say there would be another move coming.

And by clearing Scutaro’s $6 million salary off the books the Red Sox might also be in stronger position to pursue a free agent starting pitcher like Roy Oswalt or Edwin Jackson.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.