By Matt Vensel
9:30 AM EST, March 9, 2011
Orioles slugger Luke Scott lost some support in Baltimore after he made controversial comments about President Barack Obama, but he remains a fan favorite because of his love of guns, God and the long ball. As far as trade bait goes, he's the juiciest player the Orioles can dangle out there.
Scott is coming off a career year -- the 32-year-old hit .284 with 27 home runs and 72 RBI in 2010 -- and his value probably won't be any higher than it is right now. The Orioles could certainly use that kind of pop somewhere in the middle of their lineup this season.
But Scott's presence means that Felix Pie or Nolan Reimold will likely be sent down to the minors, and whoever makes the big-league squad will be relegated to the bench. Pie is out of options, so the Orioles would risk losing him if they don't put him on the Opening Day roster.
That's why looking past 2011, moving Scott would make sense in the long-term if the Orioles can get good value in return. In separate interviews, both SB Nation's Rob Neyer and FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal told me the Orioles should consider dealing Scott. But I can see how it would be hard for optimistic O's fans to pull the trigger.
You tell me: Would you trade Luke Scott if you ran the Orioles?
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