The file on Marco Scutaro
Marco Scutaro was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in 1994. He played six full minor league seasons before the Indians traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete a seven-player deal on August 30, 2000. Two years later Scutaro was claimed off waivers from the Brewers by the New York Mets, with whom he spent two seasons with. The Venezuelan played second base, shortstop, third base, and even got some time in the outfield with the club. He made his debut with the Mets at the age of 26.
The A's selected Scutaro off waivers from the Mets on October 9, 2003. He quickly became a fan favorite in Oakland and had some memorable clutch at-bats, including a walk-off three-run home run off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, as well as, doubling twice and tying an A's postseason record with four RBI in the team's 2006 playoff sweep of the Minnesota Twins. Scutaro saw significant playing time with the Athletics in his four years with the team. He had the best fielding percentage for second basemen in the American League with .995 in 2004.
Traded to Toronto
Scutaro was dealt for the second time in his career on November 18, 2007. The Toronto Blue Jays acquired the 5 foot-10, 185-pound infielder for Kristian Bell and Graham Godfrey.
After two years with the Blue Jays, Scutaro was granted free agency on November 6, 2009. A month later, he signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox eventually traded Scutaro to the Colorado Rockies for Clayton Mortensen on January 21, 2012.
Traded to San Francisco
Scutaro was shipped to the San Francisco Giants by the Colorado Rockies for Charlie Culberson on July 27, 2012.
Scutaro batted .500 with 14 hits and four RBI against the St. Louis Cardinals, and was named the 2012 NLCS MVP. His steady glove in the infield and his consistent offensive production helped the Giants to win their second World Series title in three years.
Coming off a season where he hit .362 with three home runs, and 44 RBI in 61 regular-season games with the Giants, Scutaro became a free agent on October 29, 2012. Two months later, he signed a $20 million, three-year deal with San Francisco at the age of 37. then Scutaro reached agreement a day later on a $20 million, three-year deal with the World Series champions. Scutaro, 37, hit .362 with three homers and 44 RBIs in 61 regular-season games with the Giants after he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Colorado.
Scutaro dealt with back and finger injuries in 2013. He was shut down for the rest of the season on Sept. 24, 2013. He would continue to be plagued by recurring back problems and started the 2014 season on the disabled list.
Return to the lineup
One day after being activated from the 60-day disabled list, Scutaro return to the starting lineup for the Giants in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 12, 2014.