Luke Scott has always been a man with strong opinions which he is not afraid to offer at a moment’s notice. And the consequences of such opinions are not always something one gets the impression Scott considers too strongly. Now it seems that this quality has cost him what is likely his last job as a professional baseball player.
Scott has been released by his Korean team, SK Wyverns, for being “disrespectful” towards a coach. The Korea Times reports that Scott called the coach a “coward” and a “liar” following a dispute regarding Scott being placed on the disabled list. Scott has his own way of rehabbing from an injury, it seems, and the team had another. You’d think by now Scott would know that, no matter how right he thinks he is about that, insulting the boss is probably not the best way to deal with it.
Scott hit .241/.326/.415 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 91 games the Rays last year. He’s 36 now and is a .258/.340/.481 career hitter who can only play a corner or DH. As a result, I feel like we have probably seen the last of Luke Scott as an active player.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Marlins, Mets, and Yankees have had discussions about a three-team trade in which Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto would go to the Mets. It’s not known which other players were discussed in the deal, but Rosenthal notes that the Mets wouldn’t be willing to part with Noah Syndergaard if they are only getting Realmuto in return.
Realmuto, 27, was the best offensive catcher in baseball in 2018, batting .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 531 plate appearances. He has two more years of team control remaining until he becomes eligible for free agency, adding to his value.
The Mets’ catching corps currently includes Kevin Plawecki and Travis d'Arnaud, so Realmuto would be a significant upgrade. Such a trade would be the club’s second big splash of the offseason as the Mets finalized a trade to acquire second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz from the Mariners earlier this month.
Interestingly, the Mets and Yankees haven’t made a deal involving major league players since December 2004, when the two sides swapped pitchers Mike Stanton and Félix Heredia, Rosenthal points out.