Cherington confirms Scutaro dealt to Rockies

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Cherington confirms Scutaro dealt to Rockies

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has confirmed the team has traded shortstop Marco Scutaro to the Colorado Rockies for right-hander Clayton Mortensen.

Mortensen, who will turn 27 on April 10, was a first-round (supplemental, 36th overall) pick of the Cardinals in 2007, out of Gonzaga University. Mortensen appeared in 16 games, with six starts, for the Rockies in 2011, posting a record of 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA. In 58 13 innings, he allowed 55 hits and 24 walks, for a 1.354 WHIP, with nine home runs, and a 1.25 strikeouts-to-walks ratio, and an opponents average of .257. He also appeared in 15 games, all starts, for Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he was 2-8 with a 9.42 ERA. In 64 innings, he gave up 104 hits and 29 walks for a 2.078 WHIP, with a 1.86 strikeouts-to-walks ratio, and .370 opponents batting average.

The Sox will be Mortensens fourth organization. He was traded by St. Louis to Oakland in June 2009 as part of the deal that sent Matt Holliday to the Cardinals. The As traded him to Colorado in June 2011.

In parts of three major league seasons, he has appeared in 24 games (13 starts), spanning 95 innings with the Cardinals, As, and Rockies, Mortensen compiled a record of 4-8 (5.12), with a 1.354 WHIP, 1.25 KBB, and .281 opponents average.

In two seasons with the Sox, Scutaro hit .284 with 18 home runs, 110 RBI, and a .744 OPS in 263 games. In October, the Sox picked up their 6 million option.

The trade of Scutaro leaves the Sox with some questions at shortstop. Currently, the Sox have Mike Aviles, Nick Punto, and Jose Iglesias on the 40-man roster as possible replacements. Iglesias, who turned 22 on Jan. 5, is a defensive gem, but will likely start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he hit just .235 with a .554 OPS.

The trade of Scutaro and his 6 million salary for 2011 frees up some money the Sox could potentially use to pursue a starting pitcher or an outfielder.

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”