Scutaro, Red Sox reach terms on 2-year deal
Last Updated: Friday, December 4, 2009 | 2:23 PM ET
Outgoing Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Marco Scutaro has traded places with incoming shortstop Alex Gonzalez, reportedly reaching contract terms with the Boston Red Sox on a two-year contract.
The deal is contingent on Scutaro passing a physical.
ESPN reported Scutaro will get a $1-million US signing bonus and a $5- million salary in each of the next two years. The contract includes an option for a third year that willl pay Scutaro either $6 million (if the team exercises the option) or $3 million (if Scutaro does it), with a buyout of $1.5 million.
Toronto offered salary arbitration to the type-A free agent, so it will be compensated with Boston's first-round pick in the 2010 draft and a "sandwich" pick.
Toronto wasn't expecting to re-sign Scutaro so inked Gonzalez, who played 44 games for Boston last season, for $2.75 million US last Thursday. Gonzalez's one-year pact includes a club option for 2011.
Scutaro, 34, set career highs last season in batting average (.282), hits (162), home runs (12), doubles (35), runs scored (100), walks (90) and stolen bases (13) and equalled a personal best with 60 runs batted in.
Gonzalez, 32, split last season between the Cincinnati Reds and Red Sox, hitting .238 in 112 games with eight home runs, 41 runs batted in and 42 runs.
The slick-fielding former all-star will be pencilled in as Toronto's starting shortstop, with reserve infielder John McDonald filling in as needed.
McDonald re-signed Nov. 25 with Toronto for two years and $3 million US.With files from The Canadian Press
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