The Tampa Bay Rays are busy putting the final touches on their roster as the team prepares to head into spring training. Earlier this week the team agreed to deals with 2B Kelly Johnson and RP Kyle Farnsworth. On Wednesday, the announced the signing of DH Luke Scott. Scott was with the Rays during the 2012 season but struggled due to injuries. Scott spent two stints on the disabled list.
Scott, 34, inked a deal worth a reported $2.75 million after batting just .229 last season for Tampa with 14 home runs and 55 runs batted in. Scott told reporters that he feels great and hopes to put last season’s shoulder injury behind him after months of bow hunting, a sport which he hopes has strengthened his shoulder for this season.
In order to make room for Scott the team designated RP Dane De La Rosa for assignment.
Scott told reporters that with a healthy shoulder, he feels that he should be able to play 1B as well as some outfield along as serving as the teams designated hitter at times.
He will likely platoon as the Rays designated hitter since he struggled mightily in 2012 against left handed pitching. He post a .149/.211/.264 line in 95 plate appearances against southpaws.
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