hangover[Update] Marc Topkin reports that the Rays will not receive compensation for Shouse even if he is added to the 40-man roster at some point.

[4:11pm] Although no official announcement has been made, it appears that Brian Shouse has signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox with an invite to spring training (via Over the Monster).

If true, this would net the Rays another compensation draft pick (maybe*) between the first and second rounds of the 2010 draft. Shouse was a Type B free agent and turned down arbitration offered by the Rays. The Rays now have 6 picks before the third round in next summer’s draft, although we doubt the Rays intend to sign all six picks.

Rocco Baldelli signing with the Yankees would be bad. But of Shouse has indeed signed with the Red Sox, he is dead to us.

*A team cannot receive compensation if a player signs a minor league contract. There is some discussion as to whether the Rays will get compensation later if Shouse is added to the 40-man roster prior to the June draft. As of now, he is not.



  1. Jake Larsen brought up a good point on Twitter...Why would the Red Sox sign a relief pitcher that is a longshot to make team and essentially give a divisional rival an extra draft pick? Sure the Red Sox aren't losing a pick, but the Rays do get a pick with Shouse signing elsewhere.

    My only guess is that they assumed he would sign somewhere, so the draft pick to the Rays was inevitable in their eyes.

  2. Justin H says:

    why no pick?


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