Rays To Sign Luke Scott

THURSDAY: The deal is official, Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times (Twitter links). Scott will earn $5MM in 2012, and the club option is worth $6MM with a $1MM buyout. The Tampa Tribune reports (on Twitter) that the contract also includes bonuses placed on plate appearances.

WEDNESDAY: The Rays have reached an agreement with designated hitter Luke Scott on a one-year deal with a 2013 option, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.  Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times was first to report the near-agreement, and he notes that it includes incentives.  Scott is represented by PSI Sports Management.

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Scott, 33, hit .220/.301/.402 in 236 plate appearances in 2011, his season cut short by July shoulder surgery.  The Orioles non-tendered him last month rather than pay a salary in the range of 2011's $6.4MM figure.  Scott told Topkin he expects to primarily serve as the Rays' DH, with some time at first base.  If his shoulder is fully recovered, perhaps he can return to the .500 slugging percentage-type power he's shown in the past.  The Rays are closest to Scott's Florida home, notes Connolly.

Scott is a late bloomer, having burst onto the scene with a strong half-season for the Astros at age 28 in '06.  After the '07 campaign, he was dealt to the Orioles as part of the Miguel Tejada trade.  Scott has drawn plenty of attention off the field, particularly after interviews with David Brown of Yahoo and Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.

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186 Comments on "Rays To Sign Luke Scott"


Jeff
3 years 6 months ago

Best place for him- the Rays have no fans for him to offend.

diesel2410
3 years 6 months ago

And who is your team? Don’t say the O’s

3 years 6 months ago

Ha ha ha! That’s really funny! Do you write your own material? Because that is so fresh.   A joke about Rays attendance! 

algionfriddo
3 years 6 months ago

Dang funny.

Chiburgh
3 years 6 months ago

I thought the Rays were a classier organization

3 years 6 months ago

Guess the Rays might as well forget about winning the World Series this year – since they won’t be invited to the White House next year.

Tacho Bill
3 years 6 months ago

I won’t believe this until I see the actual contract.

goner
3 years 6 months ago

I’m gonna wait to see the long-form contract

3 years 6 months ago

I don’t want him ruining the Rays’ clubhouse atmosphere… Still, the Rays need some offense.

3 years 6 months ago

Why would he ruin the clubhouse atmosphere?  He was always well liked in Baltimore.  He’s a unique guy and has his own views on things, but that doesn’t make him a troublemaker.

danistheguy
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, dude clearly does not know about Luke Scott except what the national media says. “He says crazy things! Oh no!” He’s great in the clubhouse.

algionfriddo
3 years 6 months ago

Well in several ways… he’s offensive.

3 years 6 months ago

Well played

PWNdroia
3 years 6 months ago

He won’t contribute much to a team that already has a low offense.  Sure, Luke Scott isn’t bad, but he’s no offensive threat.  Throw him in the Rays lineup and he adds nothing more but fluff.  The Rays need to execute smallball if they want to win, because they won’t do it with power.

3 years 6 months ago

Hopefully, the Rays front office has their press release all typed up for when they inevitably have to distance themselves from one of his stupid statements.

renegadeisback
3 years 6 months ago

Birther.

j6takish
3 years 6 months ago

Is he playing 1b? I don’t see how he is an improvement over Damon at DH, atleast you know Damon is going to stay healthy

3 years 6 months ago

Since Russ Canzler is the other option to play 1B for the Rays, I’d be guessing that yes, Luke Scott will be playing 1B.

diesel2410
3 years 6 months ago

He was signed to be our DH and to get occasional starts at 1B. We will be resigning Kotchman or trading for one

PWNdroia
3 years 6 months ago

No Carlos Pena?

diesel2410
3 years 6 months ago

Forgot about him.

danistheguy
3 years 6 months ago

Bummer. O’s fans will miss you, Luuuuke! Makes so much sense for the Rays. Good cheap pickup.

3 years 6 months ago

Rays 2012 champs.

Tacho Bill
3 years 6 months ago

Yes, an injured, racist, ultra-conservative is just what any team needs to put them over the top.

danistheguy
3 years 6 months ago

So someone who speaks fluent Spanish and recently went to Venezuela for a few weeks is racist? Cool story, bro!

Infield Fly
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, I don’t know about Scott being racist, and wouldn’t make such claims myself.

Having said that, and with regard to your point, speaking Spanish and traveling to Venezuela make it unlikely that he’s racist towards Spanish speaking people(s). However that has no bearing whatsoever on whether or not he is racist towards people of other backgrounds. Racism is not an all-or-nothing phenomenon.

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

And John Rocker was good friends with Ozzie Guillen, didn’t stop him from being an disgusting racist, though.

Until Scott starts asking questions about Mitt Romney’s birth certificate, calling him a racist is a pretty safe bet.

3 years 6 months ago

Dont you have somewhere to occupy?

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

On point! My political leanings one way or the other absolutely have anything to do with the fact that Luke Scott is kind of a racist.

Racism, by definition is the discrimination toward another person based upon race.

Ergo, refusing to believe the first black POTUS was born in the US despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, while conversely never piping up about the previous 43 white presidents’ heritage is a kind of racist thing to do.

I’d bet good money Scott wouldn’t have raised a stink about McCain’s birth certificate, despite the fact McCain was born in Panama.

(Side note, a large segment of occupiers are actually libertarians, a large group of which are also birthers, your attempt at political humor falls flat)

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

Um… Just a thought here…

Don’t you think the reason that Scott wouldn’t have raised a stink about McCain’s birth certificate is because McCain, like Scott, is a Republican?

I mean, sure, guilty until proven innocent certainly seems to be the new normal in our society, but it seems like the “birther” craze was more of a political belief than a race thing, considering the fact that all ultra-conservatives, regardless of race, were a part of it.

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

I think it’s a mileage may vary thing, as I’ve encountered liberal leaning birthers before.

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

And would you immediately label those liberal leaning birthers as racists?

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

To be blunt, yes, generally. In point of fact, I’m more likely to pin them as racists than a conservative doing. As you noted, there is the possibility that a conservative does it just because Obama has opposing views, but a liberal doing it? By and large, there’s really not much of an alternative conclusion to come to in that situation other than racist.

3 years 6 months ago

Nope he’s a racist.  If you disagree, you’re a racist too.  And probably a homophobe too!

101andCounting
3 years 6 months ago

I mostly agree with you. However, I believe that the major controversy regarding Obama and the birther controversy was probably more closely related to the fact that he was the son of a Kenyan Muslim rather than the fact that he was black. 

Example, I didn’t see Luke Scott (or, for that matter, Glenn Beck) calling out for Herman Cain’s birth certificate. I don’t think it’s racism as much as it’s discrimination against people of other faiths/heritages.

Which, by the way, is still incredibly disappointing to me personally.

algionfriddo
3 years 6 months ago

Obama’s father was an atheist.

3 years 6 months ago

You have overwhelming evidence you believe, I have overwhelming evidence I believe.  Oh, and McCain was born at a navy hospital at a US Naval Air Station.  Thats a terrible argument for someone as smart as you. 

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

A US Naval Air Station on foreign soil. There is no more reason to doubt Obama’s being a natural born citizen than there is to doubt McCain’s.

3 years 6 months ago

Agree to disagree.

diehardmets
3 years 6 months ago

If I remember correctly (don’t quote me on this) there is a clause that refers to such situations and marks the children as native born.

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

It does. Note I’m not advocating even a little that I don’t believe McCain is a citizen, I trust the folks involved in vetting candidates enough to assume that wouldn’t have gotten bungled. All I’m pointing out is the hypocrisy in questioning Obama’s citizenship while giving McCain a pass.

3 years 6 months ago

overwhelming fake evidence?? TROLL

3 years 6 months ago

Oh no!  You listened to something besides baseball on AM radio and now listen to you – defending a racist.  There is a cure – turn the radio off.

3 years 6 months ago

TROLL

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

OCCUPY SEASAME STREET! Who need Wall Street?

3 years 6 months ago

If he calls him a polyagimist close enough?  Or is it OK to be prejudiced about some things?  And don’t get me wrong, I cringed when I heard this signing might go down.  But I suspect the outrage is manufactured because all sides need their red meat to complain about.

Tko11
3 years 6 months ago

Umm it wasnt just Luke Scott who questioned Obama’s birth certificate…I dont see how it is racist at all. The media blew it out of proportion, tons of radio stations discussed it and so on. Mitt Romeny doesnt have dozens of relatives living in Kenya…Romneys father was born in Mexico though…People questioned George Romneys citizenship in 1968 when he ran for President as well. 

Devon Henry
3 years 6 months ago

What does speaking spanish have to do with racism? Ignorant, there is more than one race.

Onetimeaccount
3 years 6 months ago

The Rays pitching puts them over the top. The offense just gives them those few extra games. bah he edited initial post.

touchmymonkey
3 years 6 months ago

Racist how? Birthers are idiots and have been totally discredited by the release of the official long form birth certificate but what racist statements did he make? Or are we going on the theory that if you don’t like obama or are simply conservative you must be racist?

3 years 6 months ago

link to sports.espn.go.com

“So I throw bananas in his helmet. Here are my banana chips to remind him that whenever he acts like an animal, ‘Hey, that’s what other people are thinking. They’re just not telling you, but that’s what they’re thinking about. And I’m telling you so that you’re aware of that so you can make a cognitive decision to not behave like that.’ I would want someone to tell me that instead of letting you making a jerk of yourself.” 

Guy is a jerk.

3 years 6 months ago

This quote was in regards to Felix Pie, who again was his best friend on the team.  The comments were made in jest, and not in a derogatory manner.  For a man who has gone on several missionary trips, he sure is painted in a negative light.

Infield Fly
3 years 6 months ago

The point about Felix Pie being a friend is a fair one, but don’t be so quick to claim that doing  “missionary” work is any proof of racial acceptance.

There are enough folks out there who proselytize Christianity (for example) out of feelings of racial/cultural superiority to those with whom they would share it. Having come across such people in my life I know this to be the case — although I do not claim that this necessarily applies to Luke Scott. I am just pointing out that appearances can often be misleading, and that missionary work hardly qualifies a person as racially open-minded.

Michael Wilson
3 years 6 months ago

Well, you have yet to show any racist comments, or having any backing for calling him a racist.  So why don’t we start with that?

Infield Fly
3 years 6 months ago

You’re off base, Michael. I did not call him a racist — nor do I plan to. Let me summarize what you missed:

My purpose here is not to claim that he is a racist but to show that the arguments used to “prove” that he is not a racist are not valid.

Now there are others on this board who ARE calling Scott a racist. Take your complaint up with them.

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

All of the points in this discussion are fair, except for the one saying, flat out, that Luke Scott is racist.

Does anyone here know Luke Scott?

Has anyone seen how he interacts with people of different races in person?

No? Didn’t think so.

So let’s not make a personal judgement on someone that none of us know personally.

Infield Fly
3 years 6 months ago

I think you should direct this statement toward the folks who ARE claiming Scott is racist.

3 years 6 months ago

My point is that there is more to Luke than what is being stated here.  He’s a bit outspoken and not always politically correct, but almost always comes across as a genuinely good guy.

Michael Moses
3 years 6 months ago

so now youre saying he’s gay… real classy.

metsman
3 years 6 months ago

You never heard people asking for Bush’s birth certificate or Clinton’s.  It’s absolutely racially driven.  I’m a conservative, don’t you dare link these closet KKKers with my polical veiwpoints; this has nothing to do with politics. There is not one human being worthy of respect who subscribes to this witchhunt BS. 

jjs91
3 years 6 months ago

Nope but people asked for mccain, maybe those guys just hate old people.

metsman
3 years 6 months ago

who doesn’t hate old people?

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

No, they asked a fair question. Likewise, inquiring about Obama’s heritage is a potentially fair question considering his father’s birthplace.

Where it veers off the track to the realm of probable racist (And differs from the McCain situation, in which people basically just let it go after assurances were made by the courts) tendency is the fact that Obama’s administration has verified through innumerable sources that he was, in fact, born in Hawaii, yet large chunks of the birther movement, Luke Scott apparently included, continue to dispute what is regarded by the media, the US Justice Department and the US Department of Vital Records as the indisputable fact that Obama was born a US citizen.

algionfriddo
3 years 6 months ago

You are assuming that stark facts will interfere with preconceived notions… which they should.

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

It’s not the disliking thing, it’s the birther movement itself comes off as inherently racist. No one’s ever gone on and on asking about a president’s birth certificate until a black president was elected and then they come out of the woodwork. You really don’t see that as potential racism?

jjs91
3 years 6 months ago

How many presidents have forgien born parents? And yes people asked mccain for his birth certifcate too.

CircusFresh
3 years 6 months ago

President Obama’s mother was born in Kansas.  So its foreign born PARENT.

There have actually been 7:

Thomas Jefferson
Andrew Jackson
Chester A Arthur
James Buchanan
Woodrow Wilson
Herbert Hoover
Barack Obama

Plus the President was born in Hawaii, so why should his parent’s birth place matter.  Any person born on US soil are US citizens, period.

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

How insane was the political media back in 1802 or 1865 or 1928?

algionfriddo
3 years 6 months ago

Check out the election of 1824.  Just as crazy as it is now.

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

“How many presidents have forgien born parents?”

Thomas Jefferson for one off the top of my head. An eight second google search also yielded Hoover, Wilson, Arthur, Buchanan and Jackson aside.

As for McCain, people asked, a couple lawyers said “for serious, he was born here” and then the question died. Obama produced a certificate of live birth, records of the newspaper announcement were found and the doctor who delivered the guy came forward and said “no, really, I pulled this guy out of a lady in Hawaii,” yet guys like Luke Scott persist on the ridiculous notion he was not born on US soil.

jjs91
3 years 6 months ago

No they compltly stoppedonce he showed those people want they seemed to want thats why the movment died,

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

Yet Scott has not stepped back on it…

Those who backed off once the Certificate of Live Birth came out get a pass (Kind of), but guys like Scott who have not redacted despite evidence coming out are either conspiracy nut dolts or racists.

jjs91
3 years 6 months ago

I wasnt aware of that and trutfully i dont like searching things on my phone so im out ofnthe arguement on account of that. I could of lived him leaving the issue after the proof

drjayphd
3 years 6 months ago

Birtherism died? Non-lawyer Orly Taitz never got that memo.

algionfriddo
3 years 6 months ago

Just sayin’  Mitt Romney’s father was born in Mexico and he ran for president.  He WAS a US citizen, just like Obama.

KEK
3 years 6 months ago

No they didn’t. I never remember McCain’s birth being questioned. Quit lying. Even if they did and I missed it he didn’t have racist dolts obsessing over it and forcing him to release his “long form” certificate.

jjs91
3 years 6 months ago

Yes they did, stop trying to rewrite history

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

I see it as the media drumming up something out of nothing and instilling hate and fear in the general public.

I can see how the “birther” craze could be viewed as racism, but I would almost guarantee you that 99% of “birthers” don’t have a racist bone in their body. They just sucked sucked in by the Sean Hannitys and Glenn Becks of the world and take all the fear and hate that those guys spew every night as truth.

If I had a big personality, a chalkboard, a primetime Fox News show and a few tears, I bet I could twist some facts around and get people to believe that Steve Jobs had dictatorial desires and that iPhones lead to Communism.

KEK
3 years 6 months ago

No, it just so happens that the first President of color is the first one to have his origin questioned? That is just a random chance? Of course its racism, people who are to idiotic to accept the fact that people who are not WASPs are as American as they are.

The media played on it sure, but they didn’t create the BS.

CircusFresh
3 years 6 months ago

The inference is that all birthers are racist bc they are asking for a documentation for the only Black President and failed to bring up the legality of white candidates like Old Man McCain who was born in Panama. 

Also many birthers claim he was born in Kenya bc some idiot tried to photo shop a Kenyan birth certificate, which stated the capital of Kenya was Nairobi when he was born, which is impossible since the President was born prior to Kenyan Independence in the 1963 making Nairobi the capital.  President was born in 1961.

Further, Birthers are usually Tea Partiers who are definitely racist, there is overwhelming documentation on that front.

There is plenty to link Birthers with racism and Luke Scott is one of the crown prince’s of the Birther nation.

You would think, if this was such a big deal to Scott, he would fly to Hawaii and see the document himself, like every other citizen can do…

3 years 6 months ago

Way to assume man. Unless you know Luke Scott personally, you can’t know with certainty that he is racist, making any assumptions to that irrelevant.

KEK
3 years 6 months ago

The evidence suggests that he is, if it walks like a duck…

KEK
3 years 6 months ago

The evidence suggests that he is, if it walks like a duck…

jjs91
3 years 6 months ago

 Tea Partiers who are definitely racist, there is overwhelming documentation on that front” i’m sure if you keep saying this, it will eventually come true

3 years 6 months ago

His best friend on the team was Felix Pie, pretty strange for a racist!  Just curious what is the correct political view to have for ball players? I wasn’t aware that being conservative was inappropriate.

3 years 6 months ago

how does racism factor into WAR calculation again? I forget

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

Considering John Rocker managed to only produce a -0.1 WAR in 2003, despite having an ERA of 9 and an FIP of 15.03, it seems to be weighted in the player’s favor. One would think he’d have a -6 WAR with the numbers he had.

diesel2410
3 years 6 months ago

Everyone is a little bit racist

joeybw
3 years 6 months ago

I’m not sure if I should let go of my Damon resigning dream or my Pena returning dream. Scott might be at 1B or DH….

Onetimeaccount
3 years 6 months ago

Scott and Pena, although I will miss Damon.

3 years 6 months ago

I’d still love to see Pena back with the Rays.  I love his defense so much, and I miss those awesome home runs, despite his god awful average and strikeouts.

3 years 6 months ago

He made a comment in regards to Obama and his birth certificate.

Blue387
3 years 6 months ago

The Astros should have signed him.

joeybw
3 years 6 months ago

Luke Scott wasn’t signed to make friends, he was signed to hit. Pena or Kotchman are probably going to be the other bat, not looking good for Damon.

Onetimeaccount
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t think he’ll have any issue making friends. This was a good if not great signing by the Rays considering who is out there.

faceforest
3 years 6 months ago

I wonder who the other bat is going to be…

toddcoffeytime
3 years 6 months ago

Nice signing for the Rays, they really have mastered buying low.

3 years 6 months ago

Great pick up. Take a look at his numbers – great OBP and steady hitter. Can he really play 1B?

GrayhawkAZ
3 years 6 months ago

He is not going to be playing there… That move is going to come in the next 2 weeks.. per Friedman

d32123
3 years 6 months ago

Racist scumbag.  I’m glad that this lowlife is on a rival team so that I can root against him.

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

Do you have any evidence of this?

jjs91
3 years 6 months ago

How do you know?

raysfan8791
3 years 6 months ago

Scott will definitely be the DH with either Pena or Kotchman returning or grabbing another first baseman. The Rays put a premium on defense so they wouldn’t be ok with rolling out Scott everyday at 1B. Look for the Rays to go after Pena, Kotchman, Cordero(might not now that we have signed multiple relief pitchers), Juan Cruz, and a free agent catcher(possibly pudge) as the season nears.

GrayhawkAZ
3 years 6 months ago

Exactly

metsman
3 years 6 months ago

what do you think this is, a baseball blog?!!!

3 years 6 months ago

I can hear Luke Scott from all the way here where I am sitting!

I am free…. I am finally free!

Listening to pitchers or others complain about lack of run support.
The Threat of Dana Eveland being in the rotation.
Being out of playoff contention by June.
He will have the joy of seeing Palm Trees every day.
While the Rays may not sell out every game, the fans that do are loyal and have a good time.Good for you Luke, I am happy for you! You get to leave a sinking ship!

PS Luke Scott may speak his mind at inopportune times, but he’s no worse than Charles Barkley or Manny Ramirez for that matter!

GrayhawkAZ
3 years 6 months ago

Well he gets to play with a winner

CircusFresh
3 years 6 months ago

IM lost here.  When did Charles Barkley or Manny Ramirez challenge the legitimacy of a US President with no evidence whatsoever?

jjs91
3 years 6 months ago

He made no allegation just asked to see a document you on the hand are make an allegation without any real evidence.

michael hughes
3 years 6 months ago

You are incorrect. this is what he said, “I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go — within 10 minutes — to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, ‘See? Look! Here it is. Here it is.’ The man has dodged everything. He dodges questions, he doesn’t answer anything. And why? Because he’s hiding something.”

He was also asked, “You don’t think Obama was born in the United States do you?”

He responded, “He was not born here.”

Otownpr
3 years 6 months ago

Who cares?  Every republican says the same thing.

jjs91
3 years 6 months ago

Fair enough

3 years 6 months ago

Really glad to see we have a lot of people on here who know Luke personally and know his thoughts on everything. It looks like the nonjudgmental portion of this site is in the minority. Maybe everyone who hates on the guy should read his article on ESPN that Amy Nelson did.

Just like Adam Jones said in the article:
“”They form opinions on what they see rather than what they know. If you
form your opinion on what you know, you might be surprised.””