Jays add Scutaro

ScutaroTORONTO – The Blue Jays added some depth to their infield on Sunday, acquiring Marco Scutaro from the A’s in exchange for pitching prospects Graham Godfrey and Kristian Bell.

The 32-year-old Scutaro hit .260 with seven home runs and 41 RBis in 104 games last season with Oakland, serving as a backup infield and outfielder for the A’s. That appears to be the role he’ll fill with the Jays, who were searching for a super utility man this winter.

In six big-league seasons, Scutaro has appeared in 551 games between stints with the Mets and A’s. He owns a career .259 average with 92 doubles, 31 homers, 174 RBIs and a .320 on-base percentage. Scutato has a .979 career fielding percentage combined at third base, second base, shortstop and outfield.

Godfrey, 23, went 6-7 with a 3.98 ERA in 21 starts for Class A Lansing last season. The 23-year-old Bell spent ’07 with Class A Dunedin and went 3-7 with a 5.33 ERA in 22 games, including 11 starts.

On Sunday, the Jays also sent infielder Hector Luna and Pedro Lopez outright to Triple-A Syrcause. Toronto also claimed outfielder Cody Haether off waivers from St. Louis. Heather, 24, spent most of the ’07 at Double-A, where he hit .289 with five homers and 28 RBIs in 37 games with Springfield.

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Well, it looks like someone likes the trade

“Athletics acquired RHP Graham Godfrey and RHP Kristian Bell from the Blue Jays for infielder Marco Scutaro.

The A’s wanted to go cheaper with their next utilityman and found a match with frequent trading partner J.P. Ricciardi. In this case, we think Ricciardi got the better of the deal. Godfrey was fairly well regarded entering last season, but he gave up 132 hits while striking out just 74 in 110 2/3 IP for low Single-A Lansing. He has pretty good command of a low-90s fastball, but he lacks a changeup to keep left-handers off balance. Bell, 23, had a 5.33 ERA in 11 starts and 11 relief appearances for Single-A Dunedin. Like Godfrey, he generates more grounders than most. Still, there isn’t much else to like about him.”

Looks like a good utiliy guy. Played 2nd,3rd, ss and Of for the Athletics.

I like this move, as long as Gibby doesn’t end up starting Scuttaro at short over jmac. Wouldn’t shock me if it happened though.

Look for Scutaro to start for Burnett and McGowan… for Doc the fielding is at premium.

Not that Scutaro has much more upside than Jmac at this point of his career… and it looks Jmac is actually trying to improve his situational hitting.

I really like this signing ! Scutaro has always been impressive when ive seen him come into Toronto.

And now that we have a real alternative (Sorry Hector Luna) for third when Glaus needs some rest; and more power off the bench, things are looking a lot brighter.

I really like this deal, it will give the Jays lineup alot more versatility and add some depth. It’s only November, April just cant come quick enough!

It sounds like Scutaro can hit with money on the table, too. He gives us a lot of options.

A lot of people in the Bay Area are wondering about the wisdom of trading Marco Scutaro. He plays practically every position. He might get $2 next year but that’s cheap compared to what he’s worth in the present market. Few players can walk on cold and still hit a walk-off home run like Scutaro. He’s also a great guy and a fan favorite. Oakland may be re-building again but I can’t say that I like this. Seems to me Toronto got a great deal and now you owe us a favor. It just isn’t right that clubs like Toronto and Oakland have to budget like this while clubs like the Yankees and Angels get any player they want by upping the bidding-I see Torrie Hunter is going to the Angels, I guess the Yankees were too busy with Rodriguez.

It may not be fair, bruce.mcdougall1, but when we walk in to Fenway, and ride out on a sweep, it gets extra special. The reason I love baseball is that it’s like life: it’s not fair, it’s unpredictable, and if you only fail two times out of three, you are a hero! I think we are going to like Scutaro here, and we will try to let him play a bit when we get to Oakland.

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