Rays' Luke Scott wants to stay in Tampa Bay

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Scott hopes the Rays will pick up his 2013 contract option.

Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Luke Scott is disappointed by his 2012 season but hopes that the club will still pick up his $6 million option, reports Bill Chastain of MLB.com:

"I'm extremely disappointed the way things turned out," Scott said. "I'm not disappointed about the way went about our business as a group. As far as preparation, effort and passion for the game, I think that was all there. Things just didn't work out.

"It's a great organization," Scott said. "Get to play in my home state, great group of guys here. The environment is awesome. It's just a great place to play. I really enjoyed my time here. I hope they'll have me back."

Scott, 34, had much of his first year in Tampa Bay marred by injury. Picked up by Tampa Bay as a free agent over the winter, the club hoped Scott could rebound from offseason surgery and fill a void at DH. While Scott had success out of the gate, he fell into a deep slump from May into July -- including a team-record 0-for-41 stint -- and twice found himself on the disabled list.

Overall, Scott finished the year hitting a disappointing .229/.285/.439 with fourteen home runs in ninety-six games. The Rays have yet to make a statement as to whether or not they plan to pick up Scott's option for next year. The club has until the week following the World Series to make all decisions on contract options.

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