The Giants have completed another sweep. This time it's locking up all three of their three marquee free agents, which was complete when second basemen Marco Scutaro signed a 3-year $20 million deal to stay in San Francisco. The Giants had already inked Jeremy Affeldt and Angel Pagan to three- and four-year deals, assuring that the band that won the 2012 World Series would stay together.
Scutaro, 37, came over in a trade from the Rockies on July 28 and hit the snot out of the ball. In 61 games, the Venezuelan hit .362/.385/.473 and struck out just 14 times in 268 plate appearances. He was just as good in the postseason, going 14-28 against St. Louis en route to winning the NLCS MVP and collecting the game-winning RBI in Game 4 of the World Series.
The Cardinals must have liked what they saw, as they offered Scutaro a 2-year deal worth $16 million. But the third year proved too tempting for a player who is already 37 and likely seeking his last taste of free-agent dollars.