Rays Rumors: Mutual Interest Between Tampa Bay, Luke Scott

The Tampa Bay Rays and free agent Luke Scott have expressed mutual interest in a reunion, according to Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times.


Scott spent 2012 with the Rays, and both sides have continued to express mutual interest in a reunion.

Tampa Bay is in need of a designated hitter, and their search may ultimately lead them to a reunion with Scott. The slugger signed with the Rays last offseason for one year and $5 million, and he went on to hit .229/.285/.439 with 22 doubles and 14 home runs over 314 at-bats.

While his 2012 performance was less-than-impressive, Scott has a solid track record of success in the American League East during his time with the Baltimore Orioles. Over four seasons with the O’s, Scott hit .260/.342/.485, averaging over 27 home runs per year from 2008-10.

Beyond Scott, Topkin notes that the Rays other free agent DH options include Travis Hafner, Aubrey Huff, Dan Johnson, Car­los Lee, Juan Rivera and Jim Thome. He notes that Tampa Bay could also look to acquire a DH through trade, including Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jason Kubel or Mike Carp of the Seattle Mariners.

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