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Marco Scutaro Will Be Starting Shortstop, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington Says

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced Tuesday that shortstop Marco Scutaro would go into spring training as the team's starter at that position, just two days after the team chose to exercise Scutaro's $6 million option for the 2012 season.

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 28:  Marco Scutaro #10 of the Boston Red Sox walks in the dugout after a 4-3 loss against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 28, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 28: Marco Scutaro #10 of the Boston Red Sox walks in the dugout after a 4-3 loss against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 28, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox exercised Marco Scutaro's $6 million option for the 2012 season Sunday and Tuesday, general manager Ben Cherington announced Scutaro would go into spring training this winter as the team's starting shortstop, according to multiple reports. Cherington also said the team's depth at shortstop could lead to one of the excess shortstops being used as a trade chip.

"He finished the year as the starter, so I would see him going into spring training as the starter," Cherington said following the media access to managerial candidate Pete Mackanin, who represented the team's first interview for its vacant managers job. "We have some depth at that position with [Mike] Aviles and [Jed] Lowrie and [Jose] Iglesias coming in behind them, so we felt like going into spring training with a surplus in that area was an advantage to us -- and this offseason, having a surplus in that area is an advantage to us, too."    

Scutaro started 102 games at the position in 2011 and batted .299 with a .358 on-base percentage and a .423 slugging percentage for the season. 

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