Marco Scutaro, you're the next contestant!
In the time it took between starting this post more than two hours ago and finishing it now, the Globe has confirmed the report and says it's a two-year deal. I'm pretty ambivalent. Two years is about as long as you want to get with a guy who's 34 and coming off his best season. I don't hold many expectations for Scutaro really providing anything that Alex Gonzalez, Julio Lugo, et al. provided the Red Sox. Yeah, he was great in 2009, but before that his seasonal OPS+ lines were 79-85-96-88-88. And, yes, he improved his walk rate, but improved walk rates are also a potential indicator of massive cliff-falling in subsequent seasons.
Ultimately, it's a safe move, and one that lacks creativity, which is frankly what Epstein's problem has been with the shortstop position since 2004 — free agent signing after free agent signing. But there is some logic here, I think, that prevents this from being easily classified as the Sox just going out and getting the best free agent shortstop out there. First, the one thing a short contract such as this likely affords the Sox is the ability to eat the cash should Jed Lowrie's wrist permit him to swing the bat from the left-hand side again. If not, two years is just enough time to see if Jose Iglasius' nice Arizona Fall League performance is for real.
The Sox will also lose their first-round draft pick, which would make this an awful signing from my perspective had they not just received a better pick from Atlanta. And given they were thinking about this move before Billy Wagner decided to head south, it makes me think the Sox are serious in their pursuit of another Type A free agent whose talents might be more worth the draft-day sacrifice.