SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Marco Scutaro and cash from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for minor league infielder Charlie Culberson, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced tonight.
Scutaro, 36, batted .271 (102-for-377) with four home runs and 30 RBI in 95 games (89 starts; 64 at second base, 25 at shortstop) in his first season in a Rockies uniform after being acquired by the club from the Boston Red Sox during this past offseason. Beginning May 28 (Game 2), he’s reached base safely via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 44 of his last 50 games.
The versatile fielder has played every position in his career, except for pitcher, catcher and center field. He’s seen the majority of his action at shortstop (683 games), second base (396 games) and third base (98 games). His .990 fielding pct. as a second baseman is the sixth-best mark among active players with at least 300 games at the position.
The veteran of 11 big league seasons, Scutaro hit a career-best .299 in 113 games with Boston in 2011. The Giants will be his sixth Major League team, joining the New York Mets (2002-03), Oakland Athletics (2004-07) Toronto Blue Jays (2008-09), Boston Red Sox (2010-11) and Colorado Rockies (2012). His only postseason action came with the A’s in 2006.
Culberson, 23, hit .236 (83-for-351) with 10 home runs and 53 RBI in 90 games in his first season at the triple-A level with the Fresno Grizzlies this season. He made his Major League debut with the Giants earlier this year on May 13 and appeared in six games at the big league level (five starts), batting .136 (3-for-22) with one RBI.
The Georgia native was the Giants’ sandwich pick (51st selection overall) in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.