Red Sox Sign Brian Shouse, Six Others

FRIDAY: The Red Sox signed six others to minor league deals with invitations to Spring Training, according to a team press release. Fernando Cabrera, Edwin Moreno, Jorge SosaAngel Sanchez, Gil Velazquez, and Darnell McDonald will all join the Red Sox organization. Sosa is perhaps the most recognizable addition of the bunch. The eight-year MLB veteran pitched in 18 games for the Nats last year.

THURSDAY: Brian Shouse signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox on January 4th, according to the club's transactions pageMichael Silverman of the Boston Herald confirmed the deal today, noting that more minor league signings for the Red Sox should be revealed soon.

Shouse, 41, posted a 5.5 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, and 4.50 ERA in 28 innings for the Rays last year, missing a chunk of the season with an elbow strain.  He's quietly been a force against left-handed hitters the last few years.  On December 7th, the Type B free agent declined arbitration from the clubMarc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times writes that Tampa Bay will not receive compensation for the reliever, as he did not ink a major-league contract.

12 Responses to Red Sox Sign Brian Shouse, Six Others Leave a Reply

  1. the missing piece we needed

  2. Mule 5 years ago

    Minor League teams need to compete too!

  3. TreyIII 5 years ago

    Screwing Tampa out of a top 50 pick makes this deal worthwhile… that said, why Shouse didn’t accept the arb offer is beyond me. Yes, I know it would then be non-guaranteed, but he made $1.5 million in ’09… you’re telling me he couldn’t A. get a bump through the arb hearing, then B. get released and collect 1/6th of his 2010 salary, and c. go find another team who would happily sign him to a minor league deal? Or even a major league deal? I have to think there is some team willing to give him a spot on the 25 man.

    • arock1234 5 years ago

      yes he should have accepted arbitration…yet another player suffering from poor mis-reading of the market

    • If Shouse is on the OD roster, the Rays can file a petition to get that pick.

      • Fangaffes 5 years ago

        So he’ll be starting the season in Pawtucket. That’s fine. It’ll give them a chance to see whether Dustin Richardson is any good.

  4. informer101 5 years ago

    It works like this… There is an agreement between Shouse and the Rays that he will NOT accept web. This would get Tampa compensation. If Shouse would go back on his word, he would be released and essentally black balled within the industry. It is not a mid read of the market or the player being greedy. It is simply common practice for all teams.

  5. Alldaybaseball 5 years ago

    Did he actually think he could get more than he got through arbitrartion. He got screwed on a minor league deal.

  6. rangersfan32 5 years ago

    This actually is a good signing. Bullpen depth and he can still get hitters out.

  7. habonabo 5 years ago


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