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Scutaro makes sense

He is a patient hitter that buys Red Sox time to see if other shortstop options blossom

Updated: December 4, 2009, 2:06 PM ET
By Peter Gammons | ESPN.com

As always, Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein lined up his possibilities, from a Dustin Pedroia and Orlando Hudson double-play combination to a couple of trade options. But Marco Scutaro came to where Epstein wanted at what amounted to two guaranteed years and $11 million and a deal got done between the sides, pending Friday's physical, of course.

Scutaro's workout for Red Sox executive Allard Baird and the medical information passed along convinced the Red Sox in a span of 36 ...

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