The Toronto Blue Jays made a move to bolster the lagging Buffalo Bisons offense by signing outfielder Luke Scott to a minor league deal.
Scott, 36, is almost certainly only going to be used in the minor leagues now that Andy Wilkins has been sent to the Dodgers and both Ezequiel Carrera and Chris Colabello are in the major leagues with Michael Saunders and Jose Bautista on the shelf.
Scott is a nine-year veteran of the major leagues with stops in Houston, Baltimore and Tampa Bay with 135 big league home runs to go with a .258/.340/.481 slash line in over 3000 plate appearances. Scott played for SK Wyverns in the Korean League last year where he hit .267/.392/.505 in just 33 games. In 2015, he’s been playing in the Mexican League where he has an even better .292/.400/.519 slash line in 125 plate appearances.
Scott’s career has not been without controversy. In 2010, Scott revealed that he subscribed to the “birther” movement that claimed that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States. He is also known to be a gun enthusiast and a beard enthusiast (at least in the offseason) and he enjoys hunting in the offseason.
Scott was released from his Korean team in 2014 after calling his coach a “liar” and a “coward” (reported by the Korea Times).
Despite the “quirkyness,” to Scott’s character, Amy K. Nelson, in a report from 2011, wrote that his teammates never seem to take things personally and understand that Scott’s an “A-plus dude” (quote from former Blue Jay Joe Inglett).
Whatever he brings off the field, Scott will probably bring some thump back to the Buffalo batting order on the field.
In other minor league roster news, Felix Doubront, signed earlier in the season, made his debut with the Buffalo Bisons yesterday, throwing five innings of one-hit, one-walk ball and striking out three in a 1-0 loss. Doubront is clearly looking forward to a “fresh start” and a “new beginning” (h/t to Amy Moritz for her story in The Buffalo News).
Finally, the Blue Jays did lose reliever Preston Guilmet as he was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays.
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