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February 10, 2011

Luke Scott on his contract and on spring training

Luke Scott is in California working out right now -- he was also there to be with his representation in preparation for an arbitration hearing in Arizona on Monday.

No need to worry about that. Scott and the Orioles agreed to a $6.4 million on-year deal – with the standard awards package that could make it worth an additional $350,000. The sides compromised on a number that was slightly higher than the midpoint (Scott asked for $6.85 million; the Orioles filed for $5.7 million).

“I am happy and I feel the Orioles are happy with it,” Scott said. “It’s a good situation. I am going to give my best – regardless I always give my best – but it is a good feeling going into spring training that now I can be totally, totally focused in my mind on this upcoming season.”

Here are a couple more quotes from Scott:

On potentially going to a hearing: “I wasn’t concerned. On my part, I was very prepared. My team was prepared. (Agent Page Odle) had done a great job and it’s a business, that’s part of the business.”

On the prospects of playing left field again now that designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero has agreed to terms: “It’s been a really good situation for me, getting to go back to doing something I love, playing left field.”

He said he’ll be in Sarasota probably next Friday or Saturday, a few days before position players’ first workout on Monday, Feb. 21. And he said he can’t wait.

“I am excited with the bats they have added to our lineup, all are great additions to our team, and I am excited about the young pitching staff that really matured for us last year,” Scott said. “I am excited to see what happens.”

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Posted by Dan Connolly at 7:48 PM | | Comments (6)


Wow; It's time for spring training again.
I am so excited this year I can't wait for the season to start . I know the hitting will be a whole lot improved and I have a lot of faith in the kids "pitching" It's going to be a fun season .
Thanks for letting me post

I am excited to see what happens this spring when Luke Scott realizes that Pres. Obama was born here!

Curt, you're so humble. Is that a new trend for this site? Like you Curt, I have been counting the days... I never really wanted it to end (except the accumulated won-lost record) back in October... and now we can start again. Spring has sprung!

And Cavin, I'll be excited when you and te rest of the knuckleheads like you give it a rest!! Please, let's not beat this dog to death! Glad they worked this out with Luke. They should have given him a 3 yr deal though. Vlady is more than likely just a one year rental. IF he puts up big numbers, he will look to get a bigger deal from someone else next year and Scott goes back to being a DH.

I shall be happy about the resolution of Scott's contract once we see his actual birth certificate.

I have been assured that Luke Scott was born in Kenya...just like Barrack Obama. LOL jk.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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