by Steve Carney

The Tampa Bay Rays officially signed DH Luke Scott to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million Thursday.  To make room for Scott on the team's 40-man roster, reliever Dane De La Rosa was designated for assignment.

The 34-year-old Floridian had a disappointing 2012 with Tampa Bay, hitting .229 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI in 96 games.  He also missed 45 games due to two stints on the disabled list, and suffered through a club-record hitless streak of 41 consecutive at-bats from June into July.

Scott says he has been doing a lot of bow hunting in his offseason to keep his surgically repaired shoulder strong, and that he is currently long-tossing from 250 to 270 feet.  He says he expects to be long tossing in the 300 foot range by the end of spring and should be ready to play both first base and the outfield.

The team's press release is below:

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed free agent designated hitter Luke Scott to a one-year, major league contract.  To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays have designated for assignment right-handed pitcher Dane De La Rosa.

Scott, 34, will earn a base salary of $2.75 million in 2013.  The De Leon Springs, Fla., native spent his first season with the Rays in 2012 and hit .229 (72-for-314) with 14 home runs, 55 RBI and 22 doubles in 96 games.  He missed 45 games over two stints on the disabled list with back stiffness (June 9-28) and a mild strain of his right oblique (July 21-August 20).  He hit .260 (59-for-227) with 12 home runs against right-handed pitching in 2012 and is a .270 hitter with a .353 on-base percentage against righthanders for his career.

In eight major league seasons, the left-handed hitter has totaled 126 home runs and 396 RBI with a .260 batting average and .341 on-base percentage.  He has spent time with the Houston Astros (2005-07), Baltimore Orioles (2008-11) and Rays (2012).