Rays, Shouse close to deal
The Rays are close to finalizing a deal with reliever Brian Shouse, a 40-year-old lefty specialist, pending a physical exam.
The deal, according to ESPN, will be for two years. The Rays have not confirmed it.
Shouse went 5-1, 2.81 last season for Milwaukee, holding lefties to a .180 average while working in 69 games. He had 33 strikeouts and 14 walks and allowed five home runs.
He made $2 million and declined arbitration, becoming a Type B free agent. The Rays don't have to give up a draft pick (as used to be the case), but the Brewers will get an additional "sandwich" pick.
Shouse, who made his big-league debut for the Pirates in 1993 at age 24, has also pitched for the Red Sox, Royals and Rangers, bouncing between the big leagues and Triple-A. He didn't spend a full season in the majors until 2005 with Texas.