Scutaro in the Cards?
The first Cardinals — Marco Scutaro connection came Monday night, when national reporter Danny Knobler tweeted this. Now, within the past hour, multiple media outlets are reporting that Scutaro has been offered a three-year deal by the Giants. If accurate, that would certainly force the Cardinals to step up (in terms of dollars and years) any competing offer… if, of course, they want to make one.
Scutaro would give the Cardinals the flexibility to use him at either middle infield position, which is exactly the type of versatility the club is eyeing this winter. If signed by St. Louis, Scutaro would likely be strongly considered to receive the majority of at-bats at second base in 2012. In the long-term, though, the Cardinals believe they have their second base answer in Kolten Wong, a former first-round pick likely to begin the year in Triple-A.
That means that if the Cardinals were to make a substantial multi-year committment to a middle infielder, it would be with the intention of having that player slide in as an everyday shortstop after Rafael Furcal becomes a free agent. Furcal is under contract for only one more year.
Scutaro could be a fit for such a scenario. Of his 1108 career starts, 641 have come at short. He’s made another 365 as a second baseman. He’s, therefore, comfortable at both. The question the Cardinals have to answer is whether or not he is worth the committment and fits the team’s need best as they consider other available players.
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