The Tampa Bay Rays care not for whatever it is we may consider to be “off-field baggage”. Hell, they’ll find a way to fix “on-field baggage” as well (see: Fernando Rodney). This is why Luke Scott’s predilection for guns, spears, trolling Red Sox fans, and questioning the birthplace of the President of the United States are irrelevant in the Rays’ approach to player personnel.
The Rays and Scott will remain unified in their varying stances against the grain. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are set to re-sign the left-handed designated hitter. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The Rays declined Scott’s $6 million option following the World Series, opting to buy him out for $1 million.
Scott hit .229/.285/.439 with 14 home runs in 344 plate appearances last season, missing time with back and oblique injuries. Scott has fallen quite a ways from the .284/.368/.535, 27 home run performance he put on with the Orioles in 2010, but injuries have severely limited his playing time over the last two seasons. Given the buyout route the Rays took in November, it’s reasonable to assume that they’re bringing Scott back at a substantially reduced rate.
Maybe, just maybe, the Rays are gonna Ray and this re-signing will like a suave move next summer. If not, I’m sure we’ll be just as entertained via a few Luke Scott sound bites.