Sunday, February 13, 2011

Luke Scott, Orioles Avoid Arbitration

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Luke Scott and the Orioles avoided arbitration Thursday, agreeing to a one-year contract.

Scott will make $6.4 million this year, according to the Baltimore Sun. He had asked for $6.85 million in arbitration and the Orioles had countered at $5.7 million, so the team might not have believed its case was especially strong.

The 32-year-old has been a consistent producer in his three seasons at Camden Yards, and 2010 was his best yet. Scott was named the team's MVP after hitting .284 with a career-high 27 homers and a .902 OPS in 131 games. His home run total has increased in each of his major league seasons, and he has averaged 25 homers during his tenure in Baltimore.

Scott made headlines earlier this offseason with a Yahoo Sports interview in which he insisted President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States, among other noteworthy observations.

With Scott's contract settled, the Orioles' only remaining unresolved arbitration case is with Jeremy Guthrie, whose hearing is scheduled for next week in Phoenix.


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