I get the desire for draft picks, but the loss of Scutaro would hurt the team in the short term. You can't go into the season with just Lowrie and Aviles...and acquiring anyone significantly better than Scutaro will cost assets (trade) or require a longer deal (free agent) which you probably don't want to do, given the hope that Iglesias is ready in '13. Either you pay Scutaro $1.5M to go away, or you pay him $6M to stay. I think you keep him.
Or you try to get him to accept his $3M option.
Scutaro is a type B... can you even offer arbitration after turning down an option and giving a player a buyout? If you did, he would get the $1.5 buyout, then if he accepts arbitration you end up paying him even more than you would if you had just kept him.
Edited by SoxScout, 24 September 2011 - 12:57 PM.