The Blue Jays acquired Marco Scutaro from the A's for minor leaguers Graham Godfrey and Kristian Bell, as JP Ricciardi completes another trade with his old boss.
Scutaro is your standard utility infielder and will be used to split playing time with John McDonald and back up Aaron Hill. Scutaro got 338 AB's last season in 104 games and had an OPS+ of 89. McDonald's OPS+ was 61. The losers in this trade are all the other backup infielders Toronto acquired over the last few months of the season. Hector Luna has been designated for assignment, Joe Inglett looks like he will stay in AAA and Rey Olmedo might be trade bait now.
Godfrey just finished his first full season and pitched reasonably well in Lansing, putting up a 3.98 ERA. Dick Scott recently said of Godfrey to Batters Box: "He has a good arm, pretty polished guy, he has a good idea of things, he is going to be fine, he is an interesting guy." Kristain Bell was injured for about half of 2007 but he is a hard thrower who could be a future major league bullpen pitcher.
Welcome Marco and best wishes to Graham and Kristian.