Luke Scott Signed To A Deal; Sherrill, Quick Hits

This afternoon, the Orioles and Luke Scott came to contract terms for the 2009 season. The deal is worth $2.4 million and was reached on Tuesday morning. Scott hit .257 with 23 home runs and 65 RBIs in 2008, and he should probably be slated as the designated hitter with the acquistion of Felix Pie over the weekend.

In other news, the only arbitration eligible player left on the roster, George Sherrill could not reach a deal with the Orioles and will more than likely have his case heard in the next few weeks.

From the Sherrill, who has nearly four years of service time, requested a $3.4 million salary and was offered $2.2 million by the Orioles. Those proposals leave a sizable chance of the two sides settling in the middle before the arbitrator’s ruling, and either figure will represent a sizable raise for Sherrill, who made a $980,000 base salary last season.

Should be interesting to see what happens; however, I don’t think any player likes to go to arbitration. I would expect Sherrill’s final contract to end up halfway or closer to what the Orioles want. The lefty reliever started off strong, but slipped in the second half mired with injury and some struggles.

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