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December 4, 2009 at 4:22 AM

Sox agree to terms with Scutaro


According to multiple sources, the Red Sox are set to announce the signing of Marco Scutaro to a two-year pact with an option for a third year. ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that the deal will pay Scutaro a $1 million signing bonus, $5 million in 2010, and $5 million in 2011. The 2012 option is a mutual one that will pay the Venezuelan infielder $6 million if the club picks it up, and $3 million if Scutaro picks it up plus a $1.5 million buyout. The deal is pending the results of a physical.

Scutaro, originally signed as an international free agent by the Cleveland Indians in 1994, spent seven years in the minors between the Indians, Brewers and Mets organizations before making his major league debut in 2002. In eight major league seasons between the Mets, Athletics, and Blue Jays, he has posted a career line of .265/.337/.384.

Scutaro is coming off of a career year with the Blue Jays in which he had a career high 574 at-bats and hit .282/.379/.409 with 12 home runs and 60 RBI. Scutaro has also played in both World Baseball Classics, appearing for Italy in 2006 and Venezuela in 2009. Due to Scutaro's Type-A free agent status, the Red Sox will surrender draft pick compensation to Toronto.

 
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