Sunday, January 22, 2012
Rockies Acquire Marco Scutaro for Clayton Mortensen...Yet Another New Rockie Older than Me
The Rockies continued their off season trade-fest by shipping off starter/reliever Clayton Mortensen to Boston for Marco Scutaro. Despite playing shortstop with the Red Sox, Scutaro will more than likely be at the top of the second base depth chart in Denver.
Most Rockies fans are absolutely in love with this deal, but I am more in the "it's great, but.." camp. On paper, this trade looks like an absolute steal for the Rockies, but I liked Mortensen. He didn't have the great pitching alphabet soup measurables like xFip and he had a miserable year in AAA with Colorado Springs, but he did okay in Denver. I didn't dread seeing him pitch, unlike several other guys in 2011 and to be honest I don't give a crap how badly someone pitches in Colorado Springs because Greg Maddux in his prime would have trouble there.
That being said, it is nice to get a proven starting second baseman in Scutaro in exchange for probably an excess pitcher. The problem there is what happens to Chris Nelson, Jonathan Herrera, and the guy I was really looking forward to seeing, D.J. LeMahieu. Nelson will probably make the club as a backup, unless he has an awful spring in which case he is probably done because he has no options left. LeMahieu is probably going to AAA to start the year. Herrera is the real wild card because I could see him being traded, released, sent down, or as an ML backup depending on his spring performance. I think this might actually set the main roster now we just need to get to Spring Training and figure out a pitching rotation and the position back ups.