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Rays finalize one-year, $2.75 million deal with Luke Scott

Feb 6, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

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As reported by beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have finalized their one-year, $2.75 million free agent contract with Luke Scott.

Dane De La Rosa, who allowed seven earned runs in five innings of relief last season with the Rays, was designated for assignment to open up a roster spot.

Scott batted .229/.285/.439 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI in 344 plate appearances last summer for the Rays. He is expected to serve as the club’s primary designated hitter against righties in 2013.

  1. raysfan1 - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    His slash line vs righties last year was .260/.313/.507, 12HRs and an OPS of .820. Just don’t ever let him see a lefty.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    So the Rays finally signed the batting version of the left-handed specialist pitcher?

    And he’s going to make almost $3,000,000 to be occasionally useful.

  3. boyofzimmer - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Looks like he’s been training with the Amish.

    • Old Gator - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      Looks like he’s been training with Ishmael, Starbuck and Queequeg.

  4. tampajoey - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Welcome back Luke.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    His facial hair now closely resembles his inner thought processes — disorganized, ridiculous, and faintly 18th century. Of course not “progressive” 18th century, he’s much more backwards than that.

  6. jdubfla - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    He sucked last year…

  7. budmanjim - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Here is a player that hit .229 and is getting paid $2.75 million… That is the very reason I refuse to buy tickets to watch slugs like him play….

  8. historiophiliac - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    One imagines there will be awesome walk up music to accompany those chops, and Google search results lead to disappointment.

  9. jdubfla - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    And the Rays owners wonder why noone goes to their games.

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