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Is Marco Scutaro the next Yankees infielder?
Brian Cashman, meet Marco Scutaro. Marco Scutaro, grab a pen.
Could the Giants' spark-plug second baseman be the newest Yankees infielder come the 2013 season?
Scutaro would certainly seem to fit the Yankees' needs on several fronts. For one thing, he's a veteran hitter used to a role either as a starter or as a super-sub. He could take over for Alex Rodriguez at third base or Derek Jeter at short if injuries require it, while also filling in on a semi-regular basis to give the other Yankees infielders a respite at the designated hitter spot. Scutaro is a .276 career hitter with a .340 on-base percentage, but has actually performed better over the last several seasons, two of which came with the Red Sox:
2010 (Red Sox) - .275 average, .333 OBP, 11 home runs, 92 runs
2011 (Red Sox) - .299 average, .358 OBP, seven home runs, 59 runs
2012 (Rockies/Giants) - .306 average, .348 OBP, 7 home runs, 87 runs
Scutaro is also capable of filling in nearly everywhere. He's played 440 games at second base, 112 games at third and 681 games at short. He also has limited experience in left field, right field and first base.
And now for the clincher, and something that's not news to anyone who's been paying attention the last month: Scutaro hits in the postseason. He's a career .304 hitter in 79 at-bats, and is batting .365 during the 2012 playoffs. He was 14-for-28 in the National League Championship Series, en route to being named the NLCS MVP.
Scutaro hasn't earned more than $6 million any of the last three seasons and, even coming off his outstanding playoff performance, he'll be 37 at the start of the 2013 season. You would have to expect his salary demands to be fairly reasonable.
Jamey Carroll, another super-sub type with similar career numbers, signed with the Minnesota Twins at 38 years old before the 2012 season for $6.5 million over two years. Even if Scutaro's postseason drives that price up, we're not talking big money here. Especially not for the Yankees. Especially on a short-term contract.
So will the Bronx Marco the spot next season?