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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