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More on latest signings, Scott's possible return



From today's print edition:

ST. PETERSBURG - As the Rays continue the search for a DH that looks like it may bring them back to Luke Scott , they added some depth, and interest­ing storylines, Tuesday by signing several veterans to minor-league contracts with spring training invites.

Among the additions:

OF Shelley Duncan, who has a place in Rays lore as the catalyst to Part 2 of the 2008 spring training dust-up with the Yankees when he slid high and hard in Aki Iwamura , prompt­ing RF Jonny Gomes t o charge in. Duncan, 33, the son of former Cardinals pitching coach Dave Dun­can, hit .203 with 11 hom­ers in 81 games last season for Cleveland.

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, who pitched well for the Marlins as Leo Nunez before being caught in an age and iden­tity fraud, saving 92 games from 2009-11. Oviedo, 30, injured his elbow in the minors last season after being reinstated from an eight-week suspension and had Tommy John surgery, which will keep him out most of this season. The Rays hold a 2014 option.

Also, RHPs Jamey Wright, 38, a 17-year big-­league veteran who spent last season with the Dodg­ers (5-3, 3.72) and has aver­aged 60-plus appearances since being a full-time reliever in 2008, and Juan Sandoval , 31, who reached Triple A with Seattle and Milwaukee and spent the past two seasons in Mexico.

The Rays' DH options were reduced when Del­mon Young agreed to a one-year deal with the Phillies for $750,000 with incentives that reportedly could push the total value to around $3.25 million.

Scott spent 2012 with the Rays, and both sides have continued to express mutual interest in a reunion. Other free-agent options include Travis Hafner, Aubrey Huff, Dan Johnson, Car­los Lee, Juan Rivera and Jim Thome. Trade options include Jason Kubel and Mike Carp.

- Marc Topkin, Times staff writer


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