Free agent outfielder/designated hitter Luke Scott is ready to return to the majors, per Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. According to Kubatko, the 39-year-old Scott recently turned up at the Winter Meetings to announce his intention to return to pro ball, either as a player or a hitting coach. No interested parties appear to have stepped forward so far.
Scott was last seen with the Rays in 2013, when he rounded out his nine-year career in the majors with a .241/.326/.415 batting line, nine home runs and 40 RBI in 291 PA. He signed on with the SK Wyverns of the KBO League in 2014, but ended a 33-game stint on bad terms with the club following a public confrontation over his plantar fasciitis and subsequent demotion to the reserve team. He caught on with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate in 2015 and was released after just three months in Toronto’s system.
It’s not too far-fetched to believe that Scott’s age, lack of recent major league experience and history of controversial comments could be giving teams some pause this offseason. If he does manage to latch onto a team, it’ll likely be on a minor-league deal.