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UPDATE: Luke Scott signs with the Rays

Jan 11, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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UPDATE:  Scott has come to an agreement pending a physical, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The deal is beleived to be one year plus an option.

1:15 PM: Topkin just tweeted that the Rays are “moving closer” to signing Scott.

10:32 AMMarc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times said yesterday that the Rays are considering Luke Scott for the DH role.  It doesn’t sound like it’s necessarily serious — Seth Smith is also being discussed — but my ears always perk up when Luke Scott is mentioned because there’s always a chance of crazy.

As for the baseball merits, he might be a pretty good value signing. Granted, he only hit .220/.301/.402 in 209 at-bats last season, but his shoulder was obviously bugging him and his season was eventually ended by surgery.  The year before he hit .284/.368/.535.  Big risks, to be sure, because shoulder problems can just destroy a player, but if he bounces back it could be pretty sweet for whoever signs him as the money will likely be low.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 11, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    As long as he’s not their PR representative, I think it would be a good signing for the Rays.

    • Old Gator - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      Excellent news for Katherine Harris. Now Iguana Face will have a kindred spirit in the neighborhood.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        Thanks for making comments that make sense only to your nearby Floridians, Gator :)

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Wow…the 2000 election was more than a decade ago, but can anyone really forget who that wench is? She’s the one who kept getting some guy named Chad pregnant and then hanging him, right?

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        Nope. I plead ignorance. At the time I was mostly too busy loathing the Bush family.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      Maybe he’s going to be the new head of catering.

  2. mikeyrivs23 - Jan 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Good, I hope he takes his sh!tty attitude and moves as far away from my DC/Baltimore area as possible.
    – President Obama

    • aceshigh11 - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      4 thumbs down? I didn’t think there were that many birther fuckheads here.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        You could tell all of the readers here that every person that thumbs-up will get a million dollars, and you’d still end up with 1-2 thumbs-downs.

        It’s like, unprecedented internet thumbs-down spite of unknown origin.

      • Old Gator - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        Unprecedented? You ever read the comments to the news stories on Yahoo? This isn’t just tame – it’s flat out domesticated.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        And see? My previous comment is 5-16 so far. Smartasses, haha.

        And Gator, I don’t read Yahoo much. Mostly BBC and Huffington Post. Though I can’t imagine Yahoo can beat out these wacky comment threads.

      • stex52 - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        Like Stairs says, you could say the sky was blue and get some thumbs downs. It’s human nature. But I agree this is still civilized compared to a lot of other blogs.

      • Reflex - Jan 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

        Sorry stex, I just had to thumb you down. I felt compelled.

  3. stex52 - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Some of Luke Scott’s views are pretty despicable, but to the best of my knowledge they have not boiled over into him being a clubhouse problem. And he has certainly had years as a pretty good player. The reason they shipped him out of Houston for the big Tejada trade was they had Pence at the same position.

    I think a team needing a left-handed RH/DH at least needs to take a hard look at him.

    • stex52 - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      I meant “RF”, not “RH”.

    • Old Gator - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      And the Razed could always hire Katy Perry’s dad to be his accountability buddy….

      • El Bravo - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        How very topical of you, Gator…

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        You know who she is, Gator? Ahh, she must remind you of Ava Gardner.

      • Old Gator - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        I know who she is but I can’t listen to the tripe she sings. Beautiful woman, though – of course, even if she wouldn’t require a paper bag in the morning, you have to hope that she wakes up with severe laryngitis.

      • Old Gator - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        Incidentally, count your blessings. I’m much safer topical than taken internally.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:28 PM

        Gator, I’ll refrain from making a truly tasteless observation/joke here.

    • bkarbour - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      If nothing else, he could fit into what I understand are frequent discussions of guns in the Rays clubhouse.

      • Old Gator - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        Well yeah, but what they’re mostly talking about is shooting down that morbidly obese predator drone that haunts the ceiling of the Tropicana Dump.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        Please, Mo Vaughn couldn’t possibly live in St. Petersburg.

  4. APBA Guy - Jan 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    My family lives in Orlando, where Scott’s “views” are considered tame.

    • Old Gator - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      Not only that, it contains an entire village called “Celebration” where everyone reproduces parthenogenically and wears hats with mouse ears.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jan 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Will Luke Scott actually get a new job before Prince Fielder gets one?

    • cur68 - Jan 11, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Yep. Looks like it. All of a sudden, a jobless Fielder’s like the elephant in the room…ok, even if he had a job…

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        Seisenta, I see what you did there with Fielder and the elephant….

      • cur68 - Jan 11, 2012 at 7:41 PM

        Shhh, you’ll get me arrested…again.

  6. franklapidus316 - Jan 11, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I refuse to believe the Rays signed him until I see a long form copy of his contract.

  7. hittfamily - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    That contract is from Kenya!!

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      So he’ll be playing in Kenya now? Cool.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 11, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        Kenya believe that? Well? Kenya?

      • Old Gator - Jan 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM

        Uh-oh. He’ll be hitting against R. A. Dickey in the Kilimanjaro Winter League….

  8. JBerardi - Jan 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Scott chose the Rays because next to the rapist Josh Lueke, he seems like an upstanding guy.

  9. hammyofdoom - Jan 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Whats the over/under on how long before Scotty boy says something inappropriate about Cubans?

    • hammyofdoom - Jan 11, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      Not saying the guy is even racist… just suffers from a strong case of footinmouthitus

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