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Scutaro sent to Giants for infield prospect

Scutaro sent to Giants for infield prospect

Scutaro sent to Giants for infield prospect
DENVER -- Marco Scutaro is going from the bottom to the top.

Scutaro was traded to the San Francisco Giants after Friday's game against the Reds, a 3-0 loss in which Scutaro went 1-for-4 with a double. In return, the Rockies will receive 23-year-old infielder Charlie Culberson.

"This is the first time I've been traded in the middle of the season. I don't know what to say," Scutaro said. "I really had fun here, really liked it here. Unfortunately the season wasn't what we were expecting. But it's kind of nice because you work hard in the offseason to try to get a chance to play in the playoffs and I think I'll have that opportunity with [first-place San Francisco]. I feel really strange right now."

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Prospect acquired by Rockies
  • Charlie Culberson, 2B: After a breakout in the California League in 2010, Double-A wasn't as kind to Culberson, ranked No. 6 on the Giants' Top 20. And while his Triple-A numbers this season haven't been great, he still has some offensive upside. He has some extra-base pop but still struggles with pitch recognition and plate discipline. He's become more comfortable at second base after playing both shortstop and third in the past. He made his big league debut in May, but he's not quite ready for a full-time gig. He's still young enough to make the necessary adjustments to succeed.
  • Top 20 Prospects: Rockies | Giants
  • -- Jonathan Mayo

Scutaro, 36, is hitting .271 this season while playing mostly at second base.

A free agent after this season, Scutaro alluded that he'd like to play for the Rockies again.

"It's been one of the best clubhouses I've ever been a part of," he said. "Next year I'll be a free agent and hopefully I can come back here. I want to a part of this. This team will be good soon. We'll see what happens."

"We're gonna miss him for sure," said third baseman Jordan Pacheco."He's a great player and I wish him the best of luck."

The Rockies will announce Scutaro's replacement on the 25-man roster Saturday. Pacheco is a candidate to move to second base -- he played there predominately in college -- as is DJ Lemahieu, who has seen action at second in 16 games this season. Josh Rutledge, who projects as a second baseman, will likely remain at shortstop in Troy Tulowitzki's absence.

Culberson will report directly to Triple-A Colorado Springs, according to a team spokesman. A 2007 first-round pick of the Giants, the 23-year-old Culberson hit .236 in 90 games with Triple-A Fresno. Culberson went 3-for-22 in six games with the Giants earlier this year.

Trey Scott is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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