Orioles, Luke Scott Avoid Arbitration

The Orioles avoided arbitration with Luke Scott, agreeing to a $6.4MM deal, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. As our Arb Tracker shows, Scott filed for $6.85MM, while the O's countered with a $5.7MM offer.

Scott led the Orioles in homers (27) last year, when he earned $4.05MM. The 32-year-old hit .284/.368/.535 in 517 plate appearances, mostly as the Orioles' DH. Scott will play left field in 2011, when Vladimir Guerrero takes over as the Orioles' everyday DH.

The Orioles can retain Scott in 2012 if they offer arbitration, but they could choose to cut him loose after the season if they determine that his salary as a fourth-time arbitration eligible player will out-strip his production.

Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie is one of eight arbitration eligible players who is still without a contract for 2011.


12 Responses to Orioles, Luke Scott Avoid Arbitration Leave a Reply

  1. I wonder if there was a case where the team filed for more than the player. EG team said player was worth 6million while player said he was worth 5million.

    • Ben_Cherington 4 years ago

      Is this a joke?

    • Guest 4 years ago

      the reason they go to arbitration is because they can’t come to terms on a contract; so they already know/have a grasp as to what the other side wants…
      If they were already ready to pay the player what he wanted (or more), they wouldn’t be going to arbitration.

      Although, I suppose… it is technically possible? I think…

      • Its possible, but once the player saw the team thought he was more he would sign for their amount. They don’t release what they think they are worth till after a certain date, so until than they don’t know. Thats at least what I know.

    • JunKing 4 years ago

      It’s happened twice

      link to bizofbaseball.com

  2. grant77 4 years ago

    Scott was a shoe-in to win this case.

  3. Giorgi Almonte 4 years ago

    a lot of money for him!!

  4. Good, now he has all the money he needs to continue his batshit crazy pursuit of Obama’s birth certificate.

    • niched 4 years ago

      That would make a good episode of Eastbound and Down. Kenny could mouth off about Obama to his gym class and to buyers at Ashley’s BMW dealership.

  5. BradyAndersonsSideburns 4 years ago

    LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKE

    • cbm5042 4 years ago

      He should make the homerun derby contest this year. Luke hits BOMBS. Almost as far as Reynolds, but from the left side.

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