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Scutaro signs on with Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  December 3, 2009 11:01 PM

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Stay where you are, Dustin Pedroia. The revolving door has spit out another shortstop for the Red Sox.

According to baseball sources, Marco Scutaro has agreed to a two-year deal with an option and needs only to pass a physical for everything to be official.

Once the Sox received a first-round pick as compensation for losing free agent Billy Wagner to the Atlanta Braves, they were willing to give up their pick as compensation to Toronto for signing Scutaro.

Scutaro had the best season of his career in 2009, putting up .282/.379/.409 numbers. He had career highs in runs (100), homers (12), doubles (35), steals (14) and matched his career high with 60 RBI.

Scutaro has experience at second base and in the outfield but was a shortstop for the Blue Jays last season and played the position fairly well. He turned 34 in October. Scutaro came up with the Mets and played for Oakland before joining the Blue Jays for the 2008 season in a trade.

The Sox and Blue Jays essentially switched shortstops as Toronto signed Alex Gonzalez last month.

The deal reportedly includes what amounts to a mutual option for 2012. By then the Sox could use Scutaro as a utility player if 19-year-old Jose Iglesias is ready to become the everyday shortstop.

UPDATE, 11:41 p.m.: The Sox reportedly sent Allard Baird, one of Theo Epstein's assistants, to Florida this week to see Scutaro work to make sure the heel injury he ended the season with had healed. Apparently it all checked out.

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