Scott agrees to contract with Rays

Free-agent designated hitter Luke Scott has agreed to a $2.75

million, one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Scott batted .229 with 14 homers and 55 RBIs in 96 games in a

disappointing debut with the Rays last season, when he spent two

stints on the disabled list due to back stiffness and a mild strain

of his right oblique.

The Rays announced the deal on Wednesday. It includes $750,000

in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $50,000 for 400,

$150,000 for 450, $250,000 for 500 and $300,000 for 550.

Scott has spent parts of eight major league seasons with

Houston, Baltimore and Tampa Bay. He’s a .260 career hitter with

126 homers and 396 RBIs.