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Luke Scott signs with Rays

Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:37 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 12:40 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Free agent Luke Scott has agreed to sign a one-year contract with an option for 2013 with the Tampa Bay Rays, the club announced Thursday. The deal will pay Scott $5 million in '12 and the option for '13 is worth $6 million with a $1 million buyout.

Scott, 33, played in just 64 games last season as he was battling a torn labrum in his shoulder. He's undergone surgery to fix the issue and should be ready to go come spring training. If he's not, this deal won't happen, as it is still pending a physical.

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Scott was actually a pretty underrated power hitter prior to injury. In 2010, he hit .284/.368/.535 -- good for a 144 OPS-plus -- with 27 homers, 72 RBI and 29 doubles in just 131 games in 2010. He hit 75 total home runs from 2008-10 for the Orioles after going to Baltimore in the Miguel Tejada trade.

Where Scott fits on the Rays remains to be seen. He can play left field, first base or serve as the designated hitter. The Rays are set in the outfield with Desmond Jennings, B.J. Upton and Matt Joyce, but still appear to have possible holes at first and DH. Scott can fill either of those voids, with DH being much more likely.

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Comments

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 3:24 pm
 

Report: Luke Scott to sign with Rays

It's another shame for the Orioles. Only injury kept him from making life a little less miserable for the O's last year; then they didn't bother signing him.  Like they have better answers?



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Report: Luke Scott to sign with Rays

good addition to the 2012 rays....luke will provide some extra power to a lineup that needs more than longoria. stay healthy, luke...and go rays!



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 11, 2012 2:55 pm
 

Report: Luke Scott to sign with Rays

Luke can easily put up .280  30  100.  He has never been given the chance to play everyday.  Give him 550 at bats and those numbers are a lock. 



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Report: Luke Scott to sign with Rays

If the Ray get 2010 Scott then it be a good deal, even if he not the player that he was before the Injury. He should still be able to make the Rays a better team



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