Luke Scott agrees to deal with Rays

Updated: January 12, 2012, 5:58 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Luke Scott is looking forward to life in the AL East without having to face Tampa Bay's young, talented pitching staff.

The power-hitting free agent first baseman-outfielder was added to the middle of the Rays lineup Thursday after agreeing to a one-year contract that includes a club option for 2013. He figures to be the team's primary designated hitter, although he also brings some versatility that will provide manager Joe Maddon some flexibility on defense.

Scott's ...

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