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Could Johnny Damon's days in Tampa Bay be over?
That might appear to be the case in light of the news Wednesday afternoon that the Rays had reached a one-year deal with left-handed power-hitter Luke Scott.
Scott, 33, underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in late July with the Baltimore Orioles. But in his three previous seasons with the O's, the DeLand, Fla., native hit 23, 25 and 27 home runs respectively.
He's the kind of long-ball threat the Rays have coveted and, in fact, they had their eyes on him in 2010 as a mid-season acquisition. The seven-year veteran, who played for Houston from 2005-2007, has a career batting average of .264 with 112 homers, 341 RBI and a slugging percentage of .493.
But the arrival of Scott whose deal reportedly includes a 2013 option and incentives seems to put Damon's brief tenure with the Rays in jeopardy.
The left-handed Damon served as an everyday player for the team as designated hitter in 2011, and had an impact both w...
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Luke Scott couldn't be happier about moving to a new neighborhood in the American League East.
It's official. The former Baltimore Orioles slugger was introduced as the newest member of the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday afternoon via conference call.
Scott, who will serve as DH as well as playing first base and outfield, expressed excitement over joining a Rays team he's...
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Luke Scott’s new contract will be worth at least $6 million and as much as $11 million. According to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune, Scott will make $5 million this year and the Rays have an option for $6 million in 2013. That option can be bought out for $1 million. The contract also includes bonuses based on number of plate appearances.
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The Orioles appear to have some interest in Johnny Damon, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets. Luke Scott's deal with the Rays likely means Damon won't return to Tampa Bay, but the Orioles might have room for the designated hitter.
Damon, 38, is just 277 career hits away from 3,000, so the milestone is within reach. He hit .261/.326/.418 with 16 homers and 29 doubles...
The Rays officially announced they have signed first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter Luke Scott to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2013 season. Scott, 33, owns a career .264 batting average, 112 home runs, 341 RBI, .349 on-base percentage and .494 slugging percentage over seven seasons with the Houston…
ROGER MOONEY The Rays have apparently signed former Oriole Luke Scott this afternoon. The Rays have yet to conform it, but several news outlets have reported the deal is complete. The left-handed hitting Scott, 33, missed most of last season…
Luke Scott is looking forward to life in the AL East without having to face Tampa Bay's young, talented pitching staff.
The Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday signed Luke Scott to a one-year contract with a club option for 2013.
Frankly, I have no idea how the loss of Luke Scott is going to affect the Orioles. It all depends on whether Scott would have have made a successful comeback from the shoulder injury that cost him a chunk of the 2011 season. I suspect he would have come back healthy, because nobody works harder to get in shape and stay there, but it's still hard to say whether this is going to...
Free agent Luke Scott has agreed to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays have signed free agent Luke Scott, who spent the past four seasons with the Orioles, to a one-year deal with an option for 2013.
The addition of Luke Scott, who will likely be the designed hitter, likely means Johnny Damon will not rejoin the Rays in 2012.
The Rays designated catcher Nevin Ashley for assignment today, removing him from the 40-man roster. The move was necessary to open a spot for Luke Scott.
In all likelihood, we haven’t seen the end of Nevin, or his wife Ashley Ashley. Chances are he will clear waivers and accept an assignment to Durham with an invitation to spring training.
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