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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.

Reader Comments

Por (RICH) on January 31, 2009 (Suggest removal)

THE RAYS PEN IS SHAPING UP FANTASTIC !
SHOUSE IN THE HOUSE WITH WITH A GOOD ERA.
BRADFORD————1.42
BALFOUR ————1.54
NELSON ————2.00
HOWELL ————2.22
SHOUSE ————2.81
WHEELER ————3.12
PERCY   ————4.53
AWESOME ERA’S AND ALL WE NEED IS A PROVEN CLOSER. THAT MIGHT GIVE US THE BEST PEN IN THE MAJORS. SPRING TRAINING WILL GIVE US THE 7TH MAN. PERCY , NIEMANN ???

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Por (Mark) on February 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

If nothing else, the Rays bullpen will be the oldest in the Majors. Not bringing in a closer is a mistake.

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Por (Bryce) on February 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Except for Howell, The Rays seem to have a bullpen of nothing but specialists if they sign Shouse.
Who is going to eat up innings when they
need to go to the pen early?

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Por (Steve) on February 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Niemann may get a shot in the pen as well.He is out of options,can pitch in long or middle relief,along with being an emergency starter.

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Por (Gary) on February 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Shouse has career .212 average and a .589 OPS against left hand hitters.I think he will fit in nicely as a situational lefty.

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Por (RICH) on February 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

GOOD COMMENTS FROM TAMPA AREA FANS FROM AS FAR AS OCALA. I SUPPOSE HAVING THE OLD MAN PEN WILL NOT HURT. THEY NEED TO REPLACE PERCY UNLESS MADDON FEELS HE HAS REGAINED THE OLD TOUCH. AS FOR THE LONG RELIEF BY THE TIME THEY LOOK AT ALL THE COMPETITION THIS SPRING MADDON WILL HAVE THE RIGHT GUYS. COULD BE NIEMANN, HAMMELL, DEREK RODRIQUEZ OR ANOTHER. THE INTERESTING DEAL WELL BE WHO AMONG THE SEVEN WILL NEED TO GET BUMPED OUT ? THEY COULD EVEN TRADE BRADFORD. LOOKING FOR OUR MAGNIFICENT SEVEN !!!

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