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How the Marco Scutaro trade affects the Yankees

MARCO SCUTAROSecond Base/Shortstop, Colorado Rockies UPDATE: Scutaro was

MARCO SCUTARO
Second Base/Shortstop, Colorado Rockies
UPDATE: Scutaro was traded to the Giants for Triple-A infielder Charlie Culberson.
Scutaro is a versatile infielder who has mostly played second base for the Rockies in 2012. A career .271 hitter, the 36-year-old could help any club looking for defensive help up the middle. Credit: AP

Those who are worried about the Yankees' fragile depth at third base were given a scare when injury-prone Eric Chavez was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning of the Yankees 10-3 win over the Red Sox on Friday. Despite the area stiffening up, X-rays were negative and Chavez said he thinks he'll be fine.

But the episode served as a reminder of just how quickly Alex Rodriguez's primary replacement could join the injured slugger on the disabled list.

If GM Brian Cashman is to look toward the trade market for additional help, potential targets are drying up fast. Versatile Colorado infielder Marco Scutaro was traded to the Giants late Friday night for Triple-A infielder Charlie Culberson. The move helps to shore up a weak middle infield for the 2010 World Champions.

Scutaro, a .270 career hitter in 11 seasons, was hitting .271 with four home runs for the Rockies this year, playing second base and shortstop. Scutaro has also started games at third base, first base, left field and right field during his career.

Culberson was hitting .236 in Triple-A this season.

Scutaro is one option off the board, but not the only infielder recently traded. Hanley Ramirez was traded to the Dodgers just a few hours after A-Rod sustained his injury on Tuesday. Arizona infielder Ryan Roberts was obtained by Tampa Bay just hours before A-Rod was injured.

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