Sources: Shouse, Rays near 2-year deal

Updated: January 31, 2009, 4:04 PM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Brian Shouse, a veteran left-handed reliever, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, according to baseball sources. The deal is pending a physical exam, which he will take on Thursday.

Shouse, 40, pitched in 69 games for the Brewers last season, mostly as a specialist against left-handed hitters. Lefties hit just .180 against him with a .192 on-base percentage and a .482 OPS. Shouse has pitched in more than 422 games in the big leagues over nine seasons with 216 strikeouts and 111 walks in 322.2 innings.

When contacted this afternoon, Shouse's agent Slade Mead would not comment about the pitcher's deal.

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