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Retraction: Blue Jays possible Scutaro trade value

I am posting this because I believe that the argument I made during this fanpost (scroll down) was incorrect and I believe accountability is something sorely lacking on the internet and journalism in general. To the point, I was wrong about what I thought it would take to get Marco Scutaro from the Blue Jays. I believed that because of his journeyman status and career long journeyman production he could be had for Mark Lowe because of Lowe's pedigree and the Jay's relative lack of relief pitching depth.

What I incorrectly took into account was his free agent compensation level. For those of you who don't know a Tiger's blog reversed engineered the Elias Bureau free agent classification formula last year. USS Mariner recently posted the updated information here and low and behold Marco Scutaro was sitting at 7th overall in the 2B/SS/3B group (page 5) making him a Type A free agent.

This new information means that Scutaro's trade value is higher then I had it at because I believe that Riccardi also has this information as well as most GM's in baseball. However, I also believe a player like Scutaro holds a Juan Cruz or Orlando Cabrera situation where he would be a difficult sell on the free agent market because of that risk. It is possible a team does the whole Frank Catalanotto stupid signing with him but I don't think that is likely either. Regardless, I now believe an additional player would be necessary to acquire Scutaro. Depending on what Riccardi values that player would be anything from Rob Johnson to Noregia to Tyson Gilies or something beyond the Mariner's price range.

Either way my apologies to seattlebruin and olesalty who might have had a better read on the situation then I did whether or not they took this information into account

 

Salud

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