Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rays Scramble to Download Tears For Fears Hit

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 off-season. 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, and that was because 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 CC Sabathia.

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


Winks said...

My God, how awesome is Tears for Fears!

Kyle Lobner said...

Actually, you're wrong on the compensation.

The Brewers get a sandwich pick and a pick from the Yankees for Sabathia. The pick happens to be a second round pick. The Brewers only get a sandwich pick for Shouse.

Furthermore, sandwich picks are awarded in order of the value of the free agent lost. So the Angels will get the first sandwich pick for losing Teixiera, the Brewers will get the second for losing Sabathia, and somewhere significantly later, they'll get a sandwich pick for Shouse.

So actually, the sandwich pick the Brewers are getting for Sabathia is better than the one they're getting for Shouse, plus they get another pick in the second round. It's not as much as they should get, but more than you're saying it is.

Winks said...

Thanks for settling that, that would mean that I did NOT do my math correctly.

The problem was I forgot the Sabathia pick was also a sandwich pick.

Either way, gotta love Tears for Fears!

Anonymous said...

Sorry I'm late posting on this, but I'm right there with you on missing this guy. You know well how I loved shouting out "Shouse" when the call to the bullpen was made.

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