Colorado Rockies Are Not Close to Acquiring Marco Scutaro

Update: Renck is now reporting that the talks for Scutaro have fizzled out, though the two sides did discuss a deal.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that the Colorado Rockies are close to acquiring Boston Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro. What the deal could mean for the Red Sox is not known but should be within the hour.

Scutaro, who signed with the Red Sox before the 2010 season, has a career slash line of .270/.338/.423. He also hit .299 last season with an OBP of .358, the best in his career. He was the Red Sox leading hitter in September.

What the Red Sox get in return is up in the air. Ben Cherington has made two moves as Red Sox GM so far, and they were acquiring relief pitchers Mark Melancon and Andrew Bailey. The Red Sox will be without starts John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka this season, so we may be able to assume that they will be getting pitching.

The question is, how much? Scutaro is a good shortstop, but how much pitching can be had for him? This could also mean that the Red Sox are willing to give Jose iglesias a shot, seeing that they traded Jed Lowrie.

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