The Red Sox and Rockies are near completion on a trade that would send shortstop Marco Scutaro to Colorado in exchange for pitcher Clayton Mortensen, according to multiple reports out Saturday.
Neither team has confirmed the deal, but The Globe's Nick Cafardo tweeted that the deal was "likely," according to a Red Sox source, and that the team would replace Scutaro by platooning Mike Aviles and Nick Punto at short.
Scutaro, 36, batted .299 with seven home runs and 54 RBIs for the Red Sox last season. Mortensen, 26, is a groundball pitcher who split his time between the bullpen and rotation last year. He ended the season with a 2-4 record and an ERA of 3.86.
We'll have more on this as details become available. Stay tuned.