Wyverns Sign Aging MLB Power Hitter Luke Scott

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Luke Scott, who has hit 135 homeruns in Major League Baseball, has signed a contract with SK Wyverns in Korea's professional baseball league.

The Wyverns announced on Thursday that they agreed to a US$300,000 deal, including a $50,000 signing fee.

Scott is a power hitter who has been active in the MLB since 2005. He played a total of 889 games with the Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. This year he had 0.241 batting average, nine homeruns and 40 RBIs in 91 games.

Critics say the current salary cap of $300,000 for foreign players in their first year in Korea, including the signing fee, is unrealistic if clubs hope to sign sought-after players from abroad. To circumvent this problem, they claim, teams pay the players much higher salaries but make them look like they fit within the cap on paper.

Scott's salary with the Tampa Bay Rays this year was $2.75 million.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 20, 2013 09:15 KST