So much for Dustin Pedroia moving to shortstop. The Red Sox have signed Marco Scutaro -- coming off a career year in 2009 -- to a two-year deal with an option. This isn't terribly surprising given the revolving door that is playing shortstop for Boston, although it seems highly unlikely that Scutaro -- who prior to 2009 had never posted an above-average season -- will get anywhere near a 111 OPS+ again. While the Red Sox needed an upgrade, signing the 33-year-old Scutaro while at the height of his value smacks of desperation -- I guess Boston isn't sold on Jed Lowrie?
As I mentioned in Mike's piece about the Red Sox, I remain baffled that the Red Sox didn't bother re-signing Orlando "Almost as annoying as Chone Figgins" Cabrera after winning it all with him in 2004. I imagine he was probably looking for too much money for a career 86 OPS+ player, but he still seems to get a big hit against the Yankees in every single at-bat and has also outproduced every Boston shortstop since his departure except for Edgar Renteria in 2005. In any event, looking forward to another misguided shortstop signing blowing up in Theo's face. The curse of Nomar, perhaps? Though it's clearly not much of a curse given the collection of two World Series trophies since his departure.
In slightly more astute free agent signing news, the Phillies have brought Placido Polanco back into the fold, and plan to move the ertswhile second baseman to third, which was easily the team's weakest offensive spot on the diamond. Polanco's career .335 wOBA replaced Pedro Feliz's .305, making the strongest lineup in the National League even deeper. At this point, let's hope the rumors of Roy Halladay to the Phillies remain just that.