This deal comes with the expectation that Scutaro will not play baseball again as he continues to recover from a December operation to fuse two vertebrae after having dealt with a severe back ailment just five games into the 2014 season. As a result of his health, the club has placed the 39 year-old on the 60-day DL where he will continue his recovery.
Scutaro was formally released by the Giants in January to clear a 40-man roster spot for 33 year-old outfielder Nori Aoki, who they signed to a one year, $4.7MM contract earlier in the month. Other than Aoki, the club didn’t make much offseason noise, urging the need to bring Scutaro back so he could end his career in a way that doesn’t involve being released.
Scutaro was able to remain healthy in 2013 having hit .297 with 2 home runs and 31 RBI’s in an all star type season where he appeared on the field 127 times throughout.
In a statement from general manager Bobby Evans, he said, “Marco’s performance in the second half of 2012, the NLCS and World Series will forever connect him to the Giants.” It was important to us and to him that he retire as a Giant.”
As mentioned by John Shea, The Giants will stick with 39 active players on the team’s 40-man roster after having transferred Scutaro to the DL.