Scutaro finds a comfort zone
|02.23.10 at 1:42 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro joined his new club on Tuesday morning. The 34-year-old suggested that this is the most secure he’s ever felt in spring training. For arguably the first time in his career, he knows — after signing a two-year, $12.5 million deal this offseason — that he is reporting to a team for which he is the unquestioned everyday shortstop.
“Pretty much every year I had to probably make the team or something like that. This year it’s a little bit different. I know I’m going to be there everyday. It makes it easier for you,” Scutaro said. “It’s totally different. You can work on whatever you have to work on. You don’t have to be worried about making the team and all that stuff.”
A few other notes:
- Scutaro suggested that it’s no coincidence that the best seasons of his career have come in 2008 and 2009, when he became an everyday player after years of utility work in Oakland: “I think it’s just different when you play everyday. Out of the bench, it’s tough to make adjustments when you play once a week or twice a week. It’s kind of harder. When you play everyday, you can make adjustments. You know that if you go 0-for-4 tonight, you’ll be in the lineup the next day and you can make adjustments.”
- While moving around the diamond in Oakland, Scutaro said that he believed that he could have a path to a job as a starting second baseman or shortstop: “Probably I consider myself a second base or shortstop guy, kind of. Corner guy, you’ve got to hit for power. I don’t hit for power, so I kind of thought those two were going to be my position.”
- On whether it was odd that Oakland, after using him as a utility player and dealing him to the Blue Jays, offered him a three-year deal this winter: “Sometimes things work out that way. They offered me a contract, too, but I just wanted to come here because we had a chance to win. That’s what it’s all about. As a player, you want to win. That’s why you prepare the whole year.”
- Scutaro said that he had yet to talk with manager Terry Francona about where he’ll hit, but that after a year hitting leadoff, he was not particular: “I don’t care. Wherever they need me. I think my game, whether I’m leading off, second hole, eighth, ninth is pretty much going to be my game. Just try to get on base and score runs for the team.”
- On playing shortstop between Gold Glovers Adrian Beltre at third and Dustin Pedroia at second: “I only have to worry about the routine ground balls. The ones to my right he’s probably going to get, and the ones to the middle Pedroia’s probably going to get.”
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