The San Francisco Giants came into the free agent frenzy hoping to retain three key players – Jeremy Affeldt, Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro. They are now three for three after coming to terms with Marco Scutaro this evening.
The Giants signed Scutaro to a three year, $20 million dollar deal despite a hefty surge from the St. Louis Cardinals (and New York Yankees) who had hoped to lure the infielder with the semi-short flight to Miami and Spring Training homebase in Florida, where Scutaro lives. However, the third year and lure of playing for the World Champs proved to be too much apparently as the two sides came to their agreement. It’s been reported that the Cardinals offered Scutaro more annual salary ($8 million) but would only put two years on the table.
Just recently 37, Scutaro will finish out his deal (assuming there is no buyout on the third year, which isn’t a given) days before his 40th birthday, but the Giants felt the risk was worth the deal, despite an initial offer of two years and a vesting option.
We’ll have more on the re-signing as well as thoughts on the Angel Pagan move when the Winter Meetings die down.
Now the Giants will continue their search for a left fielder to pair with Gregor Blanco – with names like Nick Swisher (although the Giants have already said he’s too expensive), Ichiro and more dancing through the recent rumor mill.