Can Luke Scott be More Productive for the Tampa Bay Rays this Year?

By Rodney Coe
Tampa Bay Rays Luke Scott
Kim Klement-US Presswire

The Tampa Bay Rays need a more productive year from their designated hitter Luke Scott. In Major League Baseball, the DH must be a long ball threat and RBI leader for the team. Unfortunately, Scott has seen his numbers decline the last two years. The Rays need him to put up big numbers again.

Scott played for the Houston Astros in 2007 then was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in 2008. From 2007-2010, he was a proven MLB player. Scott averaged 23 HR and 69 RBI a season. He also played in 134 games a year. The Rays desperately need him to regain these numbers, or he may not remain with the team beyond 2013.

Having an uncertain future is not strange to Scott. After an off year in 2011 with the Orioles, the team declined to offer him a contract in 2012. The Rays signed him before spring training last year, but Scott didn’t bounce back like the Rays had hoped. The Rays then did not pick up his option last October, only to change their minds and sign him again in January.

This could be his last year with the Rays. His stats last year were .229 BA, 14 HR, and 55 RBI. At 34, he could have a few more solid years as a DH. There is no reason for him not to be more productive, and if he is, the Rays could definitely compete for the American League East title.

With his former team, the Orioles, on the rise in the East, it would be good motivation for Scott to improve. If Scott bounces back to his 23 HR, and 69 RBI production levels, this could be a very good year in Tampa.

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