Rays rumors: Mutual interest between Luke Scott, Tampa Bay

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The Rays and free agent slugger Luke Scott have mutual interest in a reunion.

The Tampa Bay Rays have been in the market for a designated hitter throughout the offseason, and it appears they could potentially reunite with former slugger Luke Scott, according to Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times:

Scott spent 2012 with the Rays, and both sides have continued to express mutual interest in a reunion.

Scott signed a free agent contract with the Rays last offseason for one-year and $5 million. He went on to hit .229/.285/.439 with 22 doubles and 14 home runs over 314 at-bats.

While his 2012 numbers aren't overly impressive, Scott does have a track record of success in the American League East. He spent the 2008-11 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, hitting .260/.342/.485. His best year came in 2010 when he hit .284/.368/.535 with 29 doubles and 27 home runs over 447 at-bats.

Beyond Scott, Topkin notes that other free agent DH options for the Rays include Travis Hafner, Aubrey Huff, Dan Johnson, Car­los Lee, Juan Rivera and Jim Thome, while Arizona Diamondbacks' Jason Kubel and Seattle Mariners' Mike Carp are potential trade acquisitions.

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