Marco Scutaro was designated for assignment by the Giants last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for outfielder Norichika Aoki and now the MLB.com transactions page shows that the 39-year-old second baseman has officially been released.
Scutaro appeared in just five games last season for the World Series champions due to a back injury that has continued to bother him this offseason.
His playing days may very well be over.
San Francisco has designated Marco Scutaro for assignment one month after general manager Brian Sabean admitted that the 39-year-old infielder’s career is in jeopardy following surgery to fuse vertebrae in his lower back.
Scutaro missed all but 13 games last season and the recovery timetable for his surgery is expected to be 4-6 months. He’s owed $6 million in 2015 as part of a three-year, $20 million contract signed in the wake of his winning MVP of the NLCS for the Giants in 2012.
It’s all but guaranteed that no other team will claim Scutaro and his contract off waivers, which would enable the Giants to potentially retain him without taking up a spot on the 40-man roster.
The Giants are out on free agent pitchers James Shields and Max Scherzer but are trying to work out a trade with the Rays for Ben Zobrist, ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports. The Giants were never truly in on Scherzer.
The Rays signed Asdrubal Cabrera on Tuesday, increasing their flexibility to trade Zobrist. The Giants were reportedly interested in Zobrist as recently as last week.
Zobrist, 33, can become a free agent after the season, so the Rays may attempt to recoup some value from him before he leaves as they retool under their new front office. Zobrist would help the Giants’ versatility, particularly after receiving the bad news about Marco Scutaro’s back.