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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.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:44am]


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