The Tampa Bay Rays have signed former Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter Luke Scott to a one year contract worth $6 million in guaranteed money, including a $1 million buyout if the Rays don’t pick up their $6 million club option for 2013.
Scott was non-tendered by the Orioles in early December after a tough season in which a right shoulder injury got the best of him. Despite his lousy numbers in 2011, it shouldn’t be forgotten that he had a career year in 2010, slugging 27 home runs and getting on base in almost 37% of his plate appearances.
There’s no telling how those numbers will translate two years later and after shoulder surgery, but it’s most likely that they’ll have to translate as a designated hitter on this team. While marking a significant upgrade over the likes of Russ Canzler and Brandon Guyer, the signing likely spells the end of Johnny Damon’s time in Tampa Bay.
Scott is probably best known among baseball bloggers for an interview he did with Dave Brown at Big League Stew in which the avid hunter admitted to a certainty of doubt over President Barrack Obama’s’ place of birth. Apparently, the extra 2% that the Rays have a reputation for gaining in transactions does not apply to IQ.
As such, I’m not willing to believe that this signing has occurred until I’ve seen some sort of official documentation.