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 with his play on ...