What about Marco Scutaro?
With all eyes firmly set on Roy Halladay, many in the mainstream media and even some in the ‘Jays Nation’ are seemingly forgetting about the upcoming free agency of Marco Scutaro.
Scutaro, who is eligible for free agency in the off-season, will qualify as either a Type A or Type B free agent. Type A FA’s are considered to be in the top 20 percent at their position. Marco may qualify for Type A status if he can maintain his numbers until the end of the season.
The SS position for the Jays in 2010 is a big question mark. One would assume that Marco will file for free agency in the off-season, along with Johnny Mac. Prospect Justin Jackson isn’t ready to play full-time at the MLB level next season. What are the Jays going to do?
Unfortunately, what happens with Marco is likely tied in with Halladay. If Doc goes Marco stays. If Halladay stays, Marco goes. Huh?
Well, if Doc goes then 2010 is out the window. If that’s the case the Jays will probably hold onto Marco and collect the compensation draft picks in the off-season. If Halladay stays then the Jays are going to give the long-awaited 2010 run a go. At that point it would be wise to trade Marco and bring in some fresh blood that can contribute in 2010 (vs the draft picks that will take years to develop).
Of course the third scenario would be to re-sign Marco before or during free agency. Unfortunately, at least from the Jays perspective, Marco’s price tag has raised considerably.
Regardless, with the Halladay trade talks dying down I’d like to hear more information from the Jays brass as to the status of Marco Scutaro heading into the trade deadline.