Rays Scramble to Download "Shout" for Brian Shouse

Bleacher Report Senior Analyst IJanuary 31, 2009

I'm really kind of upset about this. Sure, Brian Shouse probably isn't going to be very hard to replace, but I'm really going to miss the guy that brought "Shout" by Tears for Fears back into my life. The song was always played before a Brian Shouse sighting at Miller Park, because "Shouse" and "Shout" sound the exact same if you don't listen very hard. The Brewers though, can now retire that album, as Shouse has signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Despite my pleas to Doug Melvin to resign the crafty lefty reliever, the Brewers showed about as much interest in Shouse as they did Gabe Kapler this offseason—which would be none. Shouse will coincidentally join Kapler in Tampa Bay, as well as former Brewers Gabriel Gross and Grant Balfour.

The Brewers did not want Shouse for mainly one reason: the pitcher was looking for a two-year deal. That's not the kind of commitment a guy like Melvin likes to take, especially because Shouse is no spring chicken. The man is 40-years-old, and probably ready to break down physically at any time. But they say 40 is the new 30, so who knows what will happen.

Because of this signing, the Brewers will receive compensation in the form of a draft pick this June. The pick will come between the first and second rounds, more commonly known as a sandwich pick. So if I'm doing my math correctly, this means the Brewers are going to receive a better draft pick for Brian Shouse than they will for C.C. Sabathia.

Best of luck to Shouse, you will be missed. Just for you, let's hear it one more time...