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Luke Scott and the Orioles avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Feb 10, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

Luke Scott deer

Luke Scott filed an arbitration request for $6.85 million while the Orioles countered at $5.7 million, and this afternoon the two sides avoided a hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $6.4 million deal.

That figure is $125,000 above the midpoint and Scott gets a $2.35 million raise after hitting .284 with 27 homers and a .902 OPS in 131 games last season.

Vladimir Guerrero and Derrek Lee arriving in Baltimore means Scott will likely see most of his action in left field after serving as the Orioles’ primary designated hitter last year. Scott’s raw numbers have benefited from sitting against many tough left-handers, but among all left-handed hitters with at least 600 games since 2006 his .869 OPS ranks 11th.

And he’s a helluva deer hunter.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 10, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    He is a novice deer hunter. Real deer hunters use bows or front-loading rifles, hunt solo, and don’t use overpopulated preserves as their hunting locale. If he’s level one, clear.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 10, 2011 at 5:33 PM

      *He is level one: clear

    • Jonny 5 - Feb 10, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      He’s a murderer!!! But deer tastes purtty good i must say…. Death to the deer murderer, he should be unemployed. It is lame imo to hunt on preserves. Too meatfarmish for my tastes. mmmm Deer pie….. guhhhhhhhhhh…..

  2. spudchukar - Feb 10, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    If I were the O’s I would have demanded he bring his long form original birth certificate, to prove his real age, before agreeing to the deal.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 10, 2011 at 7:11 PM

      He was born in Kenya.

      • kiwicricket - Feb 11, 2011 at 1:51 AM

        Old Gator: Luke Scott is a muslim and wasn’t even born here!

    • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Feb 10, 2011 at 7:16 PM

      He should bring his green card, he is an illegal alien. I truely believe Luke Scott dropped out of a jackass in the Mexican hills.

      • Jonny 5 - Feb 10, 2011 at 8:38 PM

        He sounds too scottish. I bet you’re right.

      • Utley's Hair - Feb 10, 2011 at 8:57 PM

        Scottish…Scotch…beer…damn, I want beer…thanks a lot, Jonny!!!!!

      • Jonny 5 - Feb 11, 2011 at 7:51 AM

        Anytime buddy. Anytime….

  3. Old Gator - Feb 10, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    Close call for the Orioles. You don’t want to go to the mat with your village idiot. Like the song says,

    In walks the village idiot
    And his face is all aglow
    He’s been up all night listening to
    Faux Network radio….

    • Jonny 5 - Feb 11, 2011 at 7:56 AM

      LOL!! that was pretty good gator. Although I must admit you worry me some. I hope your fixation of Fox doesn’t cause you to become imbued by them. :P

  4. RichinNJ - Feb 10, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    If a psych exam is part of the physical, I doubt that Luke Scott could pass it.

  5. kiwicricket - Feb 11, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    Why does Luke carry round pics of animals he’s murdered whilst at baseball related gigs?

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