Multiple teams are showing interest in Scutaro, sources say. Jed Lowrie would take over at shortstop if the Sox trade Scutaro, with the team presumably strengthening another area.
Middle-inning relief is a principal area of need for the Red Sox. The Cardinals, Padres, Reds and Pirates are among the teams that are both looking for a shortstop and potentially deep enough in the bullpen to trade a reliever.
The Sox, though, are not the only team trying to trade a shortstop. The Rays are willing to move Jason Bartlett and turn over short to Reid Brignac, sources say. Bartlett, coming off a $4 million salary, is entering his final year of arbitration before becoming a free agent.
Scutaro, 35, will earn $5 million next season. His contract includes a $6 million club option or $3 million player option for ’12, plus a $1.5 million buyout.
Lowrie, 26, batted .287/.381/.526 in 197 plate appearances last season after spending the first 3 1/2 months on the disabled list with mononucleosis. He played both short and second, filling in for both Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia.
Scutaro, signed as a free agent last December, appeared in 150 games while fighting through a number of ailments, batting .275/.333/.388.
— Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi