Uribe's departure may spark Giants' interest in Scutaro

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Uribe's departure may spark Giants' interest in Scutaro

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

The news that Juan Uribe has agreed to a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for somewhere between 21-22 million could indirectly impact the Red Sox.

With Uribe gone and the Giants having passed on Edgar Renteria's 2011 option, the world champions are now without a experienced major-league shortstop on their roster.

Uribe's departure has resulted in a lot of specultion that the Giants could trade for Tampa Bay's Jason Bartlett. The Rays are prepared to go with the younger (and cheaper) Reid Brignac at short, and as such, are listening to offers for Bartlett.

Free agent Miguel Tejada, obtained by San Diego at the trade deadline, is another name associated with the Giants, who did well signing a number of inexpensive free agents last season.

But don't be surprised if the Giants call the Red Sox and ask about Marco Scutaro.

Scutaro's name was in play at the GM meetings two weeks ago, and though the Giants didn't approach the Red Sox directly about Scutaro -- Uribe was still their Plan A at the time -- they were asking around for reports on Scutaro.

Though Bartlett is four years younger than Scutaro, he'll be a more expensive acquisiton -- and earn more in 2011, too. Scutaro will earn a 5 million base for 2011 while Barltett, who made 4 million last season, is eligible for salary arbitration and will almost certainly get more than a million dollar raise through the process.

And though Bartlett has been the better player -- he received MVP votes in 2008 and was an All-Star in 2009 -- he slumped significantly in 2010. Bartlett's OPS dipped more than 200 points and his 2010 OPS of .675 was lower than Scutaro's .721.

Scutaro's range factor was higher than Bartlett despite dealing with a shoulder injury which limited him for much of the season.What would the Red Sox ask in return for Scutaro? Ideally, they'd like some bullpen help in return and the Giants are deep in relievers (though two are ex-Red Sox: Ramon Ramirez and Javier Lopez).

Presumably, the Sox would be prepared to have Jed Lowrie open the season as their starting shortstop, with Jose Iglesias, who sparkled in the Arizona Fall League, ready to compete for playing time by the All-Star break.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.