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Tampa Bay Rays' deal with Luke Scott deal official: $5M in '12, $6M option

The Tampa Bay Rays have made their deal with Luke Scott official.

He will get $5-million in 2012, and has a $6-million option in 2013, or a $1-million buyout.

"Luke has established himself as one of the better power hitters in baseball, with consistent success in a variety of roles against both right- and left-handed pitchers," said Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. "He's shown he can perform in the American League East and we expect him to be healthy and productive again in 2012."

Scott said he is looking forward to joining the Rays, having spoken with manager Joe Maddon on the phone. Specifically, he is glad he won't have to be facing the Rays pitching staff anymore: "It's gonna be a joy.''

Scott, who will serve as the primary DH, said his recovery from right shoulder surgery is "ahead of schedule,'' and he fully expects to be able to hit by opening day, make the necessary throws from 1B shortly after that and play the outfield by May or June.

And despite a reputation that precedes him for being outspoken on political issues and religious views, Scott expects no problem fitting into the Rays clubhouse:

"I'm a pretty easy guy to get along with. Low maintenance guy. I go, I do my work, and try to enjoy my teammates. I respect everybody, respect their beliefs. They're my teammates, they're like my brothers, they're like my family. I'm going to spend more time with them, then I will with my own family. I'm excited, I'm looking forward to it.''

Tampa Bay Rays' deal with Luke Scott deal official: $5M in '12, $6M option 01/12/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 1:47pm]
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