The Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox reportedly put the finishing touches on a deal to swap Marco Scutaro and Clayton Mortensen on Saturday. According to numerous reports, Scutaro will head to Colorado, with Mortensen to Boston in return. As far as anyone can tell at the moment, the trade is straight-up, with no cash moving between the two sides.
The initial report came from Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
Rockies finishing up a deal for Boston's Marco Scutaro. A pitcher would go back to Boston. Deal revived today.— Troy Renck, Rockies (@TroyRenck) January 21, 2012
The reasoning for the trade is simple: money. As Rotoworld and many others have noted, Boston is looking to pickup another starter, and moving Scutaro frees up a significant amount of cash.
But this trade wasn't really about adding talent for Boston; it was about getting rid of Sctuaro's $6 million salary for 2012 and directing some of that cash into the acquisition of a starter, either through free agency or a trade.