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Luke Scott avoids arbitration

The Orioles have avoided arbitration with Luke Scott, agreeing to a one-year deal on Thursday that will pay the outfielder $6.4 million in 2011.

The deal –first reported by the Baltimore Sun — avoids what is often a contentious court hearing  on Monday in Arizona and is a compromise for both sides. Scott, last season’s Most Valuable Oriole, wanted $6.85 million while the O’s countered with $5.7 earlier this offseason.  The two sides briefly flirted with the idea of a longer deal before settling on a one-year figure.

Scott hit a career-high 27 home runs and totaled 72 RBIs in 131 games last season. Known to be a streaky hitter he put together a solid
4 1/2-month stretch, finishing with a .284 batting average and a .535
slugging percentage. With the Orioles agreeing to terms Vladimir Guerrero, Scott is expected to be the team’s regular left fielder.

The Orioles lone arbitration-eligible player without a contract is now Jeremy Guthrie, whose hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. Guthrie proposed a salary of $6.5 million for 2011, while the O’s
countered with a $5 million offer. The 31-year-old was the ace who
anchored the Orioles’ rotation, particularly in the second half, when he
went 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA in his final 14 starts.

The O’s have also been in frequent contact with Guthrie and remain optimistic that they can also avoid court with their top starter.

Scott made $4.05 million in 2010.

Down to the wire with Vlad

Where will Vladimir Guerrero sign? It’s February and Spring Training is literally just around the corner, making these next two days very important tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney.
“The next 48 hours [are] expected to be pivotal in the Vladimir Guerrero contract talks,” Olney tweeted earlier. “The O’s have their offer on table; Vlad is looking for more.”

Not much here that hasn’t already been talked about, but it seems as if Guerrero will make a decision soon. The Orioles have had an offer on the table since Thursday and as of Wednesday morning have no knowledge of any self-imposed deadline from Guerrero or his camp.

They haven’t threatened to withdraw their offer by a certain date, either.

So, we’re left with Vlad weighing his other options, whatever they may be (an interesting idea floated last night by FoxSports was the Rays. More on that here.)

The O’s offer — believed to reach the $5 million mark with incentives — isn’t changing.  He’s made it no secret that he wants to play for a team with a chance to win and is more comfortable with a clubhouse that has some Latin American players. Neither of those things works in the O’s favor but they can offer Guerrero something most clubs can’t: consistent playing time.

He’d be a full-time DH, with Luke Scott moving to left field and Felix Pie/Nolan Reimold battling it out in Spring. Reimold has an option left so he could start the season in Triple-A.

What the O’s would sacrifice on defense with Scott in left, they’d presumably make up for with a beefed-up lineup.  You’ve heard before that the Rangers and Angels could sign Vlad in a part-time role, and he could put value the chance to play for either of those teams again over coming to Baltimore.

Either way, it looks to be resolved before the week is over.

Os statement on Scott

Per communications director Greg Bader, here is the Orioles statement on Luke Scott’s comments yesterday.

“Luke Scott’s comments do not reflect the opinion of the Baltimore Orioles organization.  The fact is that Barack Obama is our President, duly elected by the people of the United States.  End of story.”

Scott sounds off

Luke Scott stopped by the Winter Meetings yesterday. (Those of you who follow me on Twitter caught the bearded photo I snapped) and he spent some time talking about hunting and the offseason. He also caught up with Yahoo Sports to talk about other topics such as President Obama. The full article is here, but here’s a snippet:

[On the job Obama has done so far]

Obama … hmm … Obama does not represent America. Nor does he represent anything what our forefathers stood for. This country is basically built on an attitude. It’s a way of life. It’s not because you’re born here. It’s not that you’re supposed to take from those who have and give to those who haven’t. That kills a country. It killed Russia.

I have friends of mine who are in the ministry who [work] in churches in Russia. If they can describe [the country] in one [phrase], it’s “messed up beyond repair.”

That’s what communism does. Cuba, Venezuela. People are trying to escape these lands like a plague. What would make a human being swim 90 miles in shark-infested waters on a raft made of tires and planks? To leave their culture, their family, their language, their way of life. Everything they’ve ever known. What would make someone do that?

You don’t see people in America doing that. There’s no one here in America swimming the Pacific Ocean — or the Atlantic, or the Caribbean — to leave this place. The reason why is because of the freedom. Freedom for a man to mark out his own destiny. It’s not, “Hey, you have so much.” Hey, that person worked for that. That’s not to be taken and given to someone who didn’t put in the time, the effort, and do his part.

Obama, he doesn’t represent that. He represents, “Hey, everyone. Give me votes and I’ll give you stuff.” And there’s even people on TV who [are asked], “Hey, who you voting for?” “

I’m voting for Obama.”


“So I can get more free stuff.”

That’s not what makes this country great. That’s what tears down a people, tears down nations. Hence, the problem we’re having in this country, where we’re experiencing unemployment. We’re experiencing all of these negative things that are happening in our land as a direct result of that type of attitude — of too much government involvement, of moral decay, and of people lacking honor and integrity.

Eighty years ago, 50 years ago, a man would walk up to another man and go in for loan. He’d extend his hand, he’d shake it and he’d look at the man and he’d say, “I’ll pay this back.” He would do it. You couldn’t even … to even mention that [scenario] today … is that a cartoon fantasy? That’s how far we are removed.

[Scott also said that he doesn’t think Obama was born in the US]

“That’s my belief. I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go — within 10 minutes — to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, “See? Look! Here it is. Here it is.” The man has dodged everything. He dodges questions, he doesn’t answer anything. And why? Because he’s hiding something.

You know what? People who have bad intentions, people that are deceivers or are not of honor and integrity — that’s how they act. I’ve seen it in every — it doesn’t matter what level. It can be in politics, it can be in business, it can be in sports, it can be in the construction field. Doesn’t matter. It’s all the same attitude. It’s the same thing.

People who tell the truth, they’re very easy to … their actions prove it. Something as simple providing a birth certificate. Come on. If you’re born here, there’s plenty of documents. But you know what? There’s no documentation of him. No legal documentation of him. There’s been lie after lie after lie exposed, but people put it under the carpet. Hence, the problem we have in this country.”

There needs to be accountability for the truth. I don’t care if you’re the President of the United States, you need to be held accountable. If you’re involved in treacherous acts, or you’re saying things that are against, or are selling out our country, you should be brought to trial.

I mean, no one’s above the law. There’s a lot of people that fought for their country and that’s not something to be taken lightly. They gave their life, everything they had, they gave their lives, to give us what we have. That’s why I’m so passionate about my beliefs — because someone died. They gave their life, their blood was spilled, so I had an opportunity to chase a dream and play baseball for a living.

For me, that’s not something, “Oh, thank you.” No. “THANK YOU.” Let me honor you for that by actions by sticking up for what you fought for and passing it on to the next generation and doing my part.”

Arbitration and Non-tender deadlines nearing

The baseball news should pick up this week, starting with tonight’s midnight deadline for free agents to accept arbitration if offered by their club.

The Orioles did not offer arbitration to either Koji Uehara or Kevin Millwood so there’s no decisions on that front. The wonderful website MLB Trade rumors  has done a great job keeping track of the decisions and you can click here for the American League and NL updates.
Most big-name free agents are a lock to decline, but there’s always some middle-of-the-pack guys who opt to test the market in hopes of a pay raise and/or better situation. Teams that offer arbitration and are declined get compensation in the form of Draft picks, depending on if the free agent is a “Type A” or “Type B”.

Thursday is is the non-tender date, which has been moved up from recent years. This is the deadline for the Orioles to tender a contract to any arbitration-eligible players. That includes six guys: Matt Albers, Jeremy Guthrie, Jim Johnson, Felix Pie, Adam Jones and Luke Scott. Albers, who seemed to constantly be in jeopardy of losing his roster spot, has shown he can be an effective Major League reliever at times. The O’s will decide whether he’s a part of their plans for next season.

Any player tendered a contract is considered a signed player; the question becomes whether a deal is worked out or the sides go to an arbitration hearing to decide a salary.

On the flip side of the non-tender deadline, as I noted in today’s Winter Meetings preview Part 1, the Orioles will be monitoring closely who other clubs non tender.  It’s not often a non-tender emerges as a bona fide Major League contributor, but there are certainly bargains to be had.

Orioles/Tigers lineups- Roberts done for the yr

*Brian Roberts is done for the year, and will addresss the media following Sunday’s game. He has been dealing with headaches and was a last-minute scratch on Tuesday against Tampa Bay, although manager Buck Showalter has indicated there is more to B-Rob’s condition than a typical migraine.
*Luke Scott was voted the Most Valuable Oriole and will be honored pregame.
*The Tigers will use their bullpen for Sunday’s start, although it hasn’t been announced which reliever will open the season finale.

Corey Patterson LF
Nick Markakis RF
Jake Fox DH
Luke Scott 1B
Felix Pie CF
Ty Wigginton 3B
Matt Wieters C
Robert Andino 2B
Cesar Izturis SS

Brian Matusz LHP

Austin Jackson CF
Ramon Santiago 2B
Ryan Raborn LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Casper Wells RF
Brandon Inge 3B
Don Kelly 1B
Scott Sizemore DH
Max St. Pierre C

Armando Galarraga RHP

Garza calls Scott a hypocrite

Rays right-hander Matt Garza doesn’t really care what Orioles designated hitter Luke Scott thinks of him. But he did have a rebuttal for Scott’s comments –which included referencing the Bible — to chastise Garza’s boasting. 

Garza, who considers himself religious as well, told the St.Petersburg Times prior to Saturdya’s game that religion is  something “that shouldn’t even be allowed” to be brought into a baseball game.

“That’s a topic where you don’t ever bring that up,” Garzas said of Scott referencing proverbs that included “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

“My feeling is that God has a lot better things to worry about than if I’m going to throw a strike on a certain pitch,” Garza told the Times. “A lot of other things. I’d rather (Scott) not bring it up.”

The firery Rays righty made waves prior to Friday’s start for comments he told reporters
in St. Petersbrug, which included the desire for a payback outing against the Orioles that would  basically be like telling them to “shove it down their throats.”

After holding the O’s to one run over 5 2/3 innings, Garza said the mental game had been won, and Scott –who admitted Garza backed up his words — also voiced his displeasure over the public trash-talking. 

Garza also told the Times that Scott’s post game comments were somewhat hypocritical given his elaborate  home run celebration that includes pointing to the sky, hugging the on-deck hitter and high-fiving multiple teammates in what many Orioles have referenced as a “happy” home run celebration.

“It’s the same thing, where you’re showing up the other guy,” Garza said. “The game’s gone that far to where it’s acceptable. It’s just what it is.”

Orioles/White Sox lineups and pregame tidbits

*As expected Jim Johnson will be activated for Friday’s series opener in Anaheim.

*David Hernandez threw a bullpen session in Saraosta today with no reported problems. They are working toward him throwing live batting practice on Sept. 1, according to manager Buck Showalter. Hernandez said yesterday he was hoping to return early next month and the Orioles will probably have him pitch at Bowie or Frederick in a rehab outing first.

*Adam Jones is out of the lineup but is available if needed. Jones took a fastball to his left shoudler blade last night and is still pretty sore.

*Luke Scott’s right foot had a nice bruise on it –after fouling off a ball in the fifth inning last night– but the O’s dodged a bullet and he’s back in the lineup today.   

Brian Roberts 2B
Corey Patterson LF
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Felix Pie CF
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS
Josh Bell 3B
Brian Matusz LHP

Juan Pierre LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Alex Rios CF
Paul Konerko 1B
Carlos Quentin DH
A.J. Pierzynski C
Andruw Jones RF
Omar Vizquel 3B
Gordon Beckham 2B
Mark Buehrle LHP

Orioles/Blue Jays lineups and pregame tidbits

*Josh Bell is in the starting lineup today in what will likely be his last game for the O’s. Luke Scott is expected to be activated tomorrow, and Bell is the obvious choice to go in his place.

*Corey Patterson was a late scratch from today’s game with a bruised left heel suffered while trying to beat out a bunt in the fourth inning. Felix Pie is playing instead and Patterson said it won’t be more than a day or two, max. The team may do an X-ray later today on his heel just to make sure.

*Matt Wieters (right hamstring strain) is feeling much better and said that he will be ready to come off the DL as soon as he is eligible. Wieters spent the All-Star break coming in for treatment every morning and is now just getting back into running and other baseball-related activities to test his hammy.

*Kevin Millwood is looking like he will be ready when eligible off the DL as well. Millwood has thrown a side and a bullpen with no pain and pitching coach Rick Kranitz said the team would evaluate Millwood following Sunday’s ‘pen. Millwood can come off the shelf on Wednesday and interim manager Juan Samuel said the team has not talked about going to a six-man rotation. It’s not looking like a favorable option because Samuel doesn’t like to keep “backing guys up”, so someone will have to go. Brad Bergesen is Wednesday’s starter.

Felix Pie LF
Miguel Tejada DH
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Adam Jones CF
Jake Fox C
Scott Moore 2B
Josh Bell 3B
Cesar Izturis SS

Brian Matusz LHP

Os/Blue Jays lineups and pregame tidbits

*Brian Roberts will join Double-A Bowie on Monday and could rejoin the Orioles on this current homestand. He is believed to be about a week to 10 days away, according to interim manager Juan Samuel.

*Luke Scott is expected to drive to Baltimore after playing in Sunday’s Gulf Coast League game and will likely rejoin Roberts on rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie.

*Michael Gonzalez allowed a pair of runs on three hits and a walk over 2/3 inning at Triple-A Norfolk last night and is scheduled to pitch again on Sunday. His rehab assignment ends on Wednesday and the Orioles will have to decide what to do with him. The obvious answer would be to activate him but Samuel was noncommittal on that, saying the organization would have to make up its mind on what to do.

Corey Patteron DH
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Adam Jones CF
Felix Pie LF
Craig Tatum C
Julio Lugo 2B
Cesar Izturis SS
Jeremy Guthrie RHP

Fred Lewis LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Adam Lind DH
Aaron Hill 2B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Jose Molina C

Brandon Morrow RHP