Sunday, April 5, 2009

Scott Leaves Las Vegas

Neil Scott, the winningest pitcher in Dealer history has declined his mutual option and team sources say he will not be offered a multi-year contract, making him a free agent. Scott, an original member of the franchise from its Vancouver days, holds nearly every career pitching mark for the team, and went 102-94 over eight years. He is known as an iron man, with no trips to the DL and over 200 innings in each of his 8 years.

Scott goes out a winner as his 14-9, 3.94 ERA performance over 212 innings was a key part of the Dealers playoff drive in season 8. He rose to the occasion in the post-season and his 20 playoff innings (2-0, 2.25 ERA) helped bring a World Series parade to the Vegas Strip.

The 36-year old Scott had a $5 million option for the year, and was increasingly feeling pushed out by the Dealers younger starting pitchers. Always known as a soft-tosser, Scott's fastball has slowed to a crawl, and his durability may have declined to where he can no longer be counted on for 200 innings. Upon declining his option, Scott demanded a 2-year, $5.2 million contract. Scott's agent Wade Nicholson noted that if Scott "flashed that World Series ring" around the winter meetings he should generate a generous multi-year offer.

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