Thursday, February 12, 2009

Looper to Brewers, Shouse to Rays

Pitchers Braden Looper and Brian Shouse have new homes, Looper signing with the Brewers after spending last season with the Cardinals, and Shouse leaving the Brewers for the Rays.

Looper, 12-14 with a 4.16 ERA in St. Louise in 2008, signed a 1-year deal with Milwaukee worth $5.5 million in 2009 with an option for 2010. GM Doug Melvin called Looper a workhorse who can eat up some of the inning lost by the departures of C.C. Sabathia and Ben Sheets from the Milwaukee rotation.

Shouse was a part of the Brewers' bullpen in 2008, but he signed a contract - also a 1-year deal with an option for 2010 - with Tampa Bay. Last season, the lefty appeared in 69 games in Milwaukee, limiting left-handed hitters to a .180 batting average.

The Rays designed pitcher Juan Salas for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster; the Brewers designated catcher Vinny Rottino.