Scott gets $2.75-million, De La Rosa gets designated
UPDATE, 7:30: Scott said he was excited to be back and get another chance to "see the fruits of my labor.''
He had good reports his right shoulder, which was an issue last year as he was coming off surgery, saying it is much improved and stronger, in part because he was able to resume bow-hunting. "I definitely put that bow to use and harvested some of God's furry little creatures this off-season,'' he said.
Overall he said he is in great shape - "as strong as a bull'' - as he added about 10 pounds of muscle. He is throwing at a distance of about 270 feet now and expects to be able to play 1B and the OF at the start of the season.
Scott hit .229 with 14 homers and 55 RBIs in 96 games last season, and had two stints on the DL (back and oblique) which he attributed to a "bad" bed at the team hotel in Miami.
De La Rosa, 29, spent most of last season at Durham , compiling a solid 2.79 ERA and 20 saves, and worked in five games for the Rays. With the addition of Roberto Hernandez and Jamey Wright (on a minor-league deal) his chances to make the team from a group that also includes Brandon Gomes and Josh Lueke seemed slim.
DEVELOPING: The Rays offiically completed their deal re-sign DH Luke Scott.
RHP Dane De La Rosa was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
Scott will get a $2.75-million salary; the Rays already paid him a $1-million buyout when they declined his $6-million option for 2013.