As reported by beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have finalized their one-year, $2.75 million free agent contract with Luke Scott.
Dane De La Rosa, who allowed seven earned runs in five innings of relief last season with the Rays, was designated for assignment to open up a roster spot.
Scott batted .229/.285/.439 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI in 344 plate appearances last summer for the Rays. He is expected to serve as the club’s primary designated hitter against righties in 2013.
Jon Morosi reports that the Mets have had preliminary trade discussions with the Tigers concerning veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Kinsler, 35, had the worst season of his career in 2017, finishing with a .236/.313/.412 triple-slash line along with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances. He did, however, have a .244 BABIP, which is 42 points below his career average, so the Mets — and any other interested team — would be banking on a rebound season in 2018.
Kinsler’s 2018 option, worth $10 million, vested when he took his 600th plate appearance in 2017. He can become a free agent after the season.
The Mets need a second baseman or a third baseman and they will use Asdrubal Cabrera at whatever position isn’t addressed. In this case, Cabrera would be the everyday third baseman if the Mets were to acquire Kinsler.