Scott, Rays Consider 2013 Option

Luke Scott’s 2012 season fell short of expectations, but he’d like to return to Tampa Bay for another year. The 34-year-old designated hitter told Bill Chastain of that he hopes the Rays exercise the $6MM club option on his contract instead of paying him a $1MM buyout.

“The environment is awesome,” Scott said. “It's just a great place to play. I really enjoyed my time here. I hope they'll have me back."

Scott made two trips to the disabled list this past season as a result of oblique and back injuries. When healthy he hit 14 home runs and posted a .229/.285/.439 batting line in 344 plate appearances. Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told Chastain it’s too early to say whether Scott will be back for another year.

“He really scuffled in the first half,” Friedman said. “In the second half he had the type of output that we kind of anticipated if things went well and lined up well."

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6 Comments on "Scott, Rays Consider 2013 Option"

2 years 9 months ago

@$6million he obviously hopes they will exercise his option. I would be surprised if they did. He is not getting that kind of money anywhere else at this point.

2 years 9 months ago

Yea. The only way he gets that is if the contract is incentive laden.

2 years 9 months ago

Well I’d rather make $6 Million than a $1 Million buyout and another $1.5 Million for the contract he’d get from another team in 2013.

2 years 9 months ago

He put up really good numbers from 2006-2010. Two years in row now that he’s come in around a ~.300 OBP, though.

2 years 9 months ago

I live in the area and the his name comes up A LOT. They have been VERY frustrated with this guy down here and he’s one big goat. Now he wants the Rays to pony up 5M to keep him around another year? Don’t see it happening.

George Downs
2 years 9 months ago

He was injured or recovering from them most of the year, but he played well when he played on a consistant basis, I would like to see what he would do if he stayed healthy all season, maybe for less money?