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...