From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Giants have re-signed infielder Marco Scutaro to a three-year contract worth a total of $20 million.
The Giants were holding firm on their two-year offer to the 37-year-old native of Venezuela before the Cardinals swooped in and tried to work out a deal. The Yankees were also interested at one point.
Scutaro batted .306/.348/.405 with seven home runs and 54 RBI in 683 plate appearances this summer between the Rockies and Giants. He then went 21-for-70 (.328) with eight RBI in 16 postseason games, helping to lead San Francisco to its second World Series title in the past three years.
The Giants have now spent $78 million to retain center fielder Angel Pagan, left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt and now Scutaro. Keeping the band together is nice, but it has certainly come at a high cost.
Joe Maddon just held his annual media availability here at the Winter Meetings. During the scrum he said that Kyle Schwarber “looked great the other day” at a Cubs community event and that . . . wait for it . . . “he’s in, probably, arguably in the best shape of his life.” Maddon went on to say that, if Schwarber looks good in spring training, he might even be the Cubs leadoff hitter in 2018.
Schwarber is only 24, but the former catcher turned outfielder is going to spend most of his career as a DH, with another team obviously, unless he shows the Cubs that he can be a regular defender. The Cubs would love to see him in better shape whether they keep him or shop him, and if it’s the latter, they’ll want to show potential trade partners that he can play defense so as not to limit his market. It’s in everyone’s interests for him to be lean, mean and a bit more flexible once spring training starts.
To that end, according to a recent report, Schwarber “has been on a mission this offseason to transform his body.” And now Maddon is playing up the BSOHL angle. Whether that’s salesmanship or not, all eyes are going to be on Schwarber come February.