Tampa Bay Rays Losing Faith in Luke Scott

By Devin O'Barr
Luke Scott poses
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Heading into the 2012 MLB season I had Luke Scott giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 20 home run season in the heart of their lineup. I was dead wrong.

In his first year with the club, Tampa was disappointed, as Scott hit a mere 14 home runs with a .229 batting average. Scott also would miss considerable time for the second straight season.

Head coach Joe Maddon is short on run production this season with B.J Upton heading to the Atlanta Braves after eight years with the franchise. However, this team does expect 3B Evan Longoria to play a full season after he missed all but 74 games last year. Anyway, the Rays are going to need a good campaign from Scott if they hope to be competitive in an incredibly difficult AL East.

This could easily be Scott’s last shot at the MLB level.

I was surprised that the Rays brought Scott back after he played so poorly in 2012, but Tampa agreed to bring the maligned slugger back on a one-year deal worth 2.75M. The organization is hoping that Scott can return to his Baltimore Orioles form when he nailed a career-high 27 home runs in 2010. Not to mention, Scott hit .284 that same season which is by far his best mark–2010 is looking more and more to be a fluke rather than the expectation for Scott.

The expectations may be low for Scott, but if he opens the gate on an awful note, I would expect the Rays to give him a pink-slip sooner than later. Keep in mind that Scott has never played more than 148 games in his career and in the last four seasons he has missed 45% of his games.

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