Luke Scott headed to Korea
UPDATE, 12:20: Just exchanged a series of texts with Scott.
On heading to play in Korea?
"I believe it will be an adventure. This is where The Lord is sending me.''
On having opporttunities to stay in MLB?
"Not the opportunities I wanted.''
On his two seasons with the Rays?
"For the time I was on the field I was productive even though I never really got in a groove. 540 at bats total with 23 HR and 95 RBI is good production although my average was .230
"I had a good experience with the atmosphere but the inconsistency of playing even when healthy was a challenge.
"I loved the city and the fans. They were awesome. I just wished I could have gotten in a groove and put up the numbers I know I am capable of."
DEVELOPING: Former Rays DH Luke Scott has found an interesting new home - signing to play for the SK Wyverns in Korea.
Scott, 35, didn't produce much during his two seasons with the Rays, limited to 187 games by an assortment of injuries, and left off the 2013 postseason roster. He hit .235 with 23 homers and a .733 OPS.
After making more than $20-million over the five previous seasons, Scott signed for a $250,000 salary with SK plus a $50,000 signing bonus.
There is a limit on salaries in the Korea Baseball Organization, though considerable speculation players end up getting paid more. The KBO recently changed its rules to add a third foreign player on each roster, with two allowed to play at any one time.
Scott could provide an interesting dynamic, given his outspoken pro-American conservative politcial views.
Scott is one of the higher profile players to sign in Korea, the first to do so, according to the Yonhap News Agency, with more than 100 home runs in the majors.