Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Shouse in the house (almost)
Posted Jan 31, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Jan 31, 2009 at 06:48 PM
The Rays are nearing a contract with 40-year-old left-handed reliever Brian Shouse, the Tribune has confirmed. Shouse is expected in town to take a physical sometime next week, and the deal won’t become final until then.
ESPN.com first reported the deal, calling it a two-year contract, but our information is that only 2009 is guaranteed, with a team option for 2010. The latter scenario would seem more logical from the Rays’ perspective, but Shouse’s agent, Slade Mead, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel just this morning that his client wasn’t interested in a one-year commitment.
“He’s going to get a two-year deal,” Mead told Tom Haudricourt. “It has been a tough market, but he will get a two-year deal.”
Despite his advanced age, Shouse was extremely effective in his role last season with the Brewers, limiting lefties to a .180 average and walking only two of them all season.
Shouse is a nine-year big-league veteran, having spent time with the Rangers, Royals, Red Sox and Pirates before being dealt to Milwaukee in May of 2006.