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Report: Cardinals shopping Kyle Lohse to make room for Mark Buehrle

Dec 5, 2011, 11:35 PM EST

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Here’s an interesting one.

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune was told by a source that the Cardinals are trying to shop right-hander Kyle Lohse in an effort to make a run at free agent left-hander Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle is from Missouri, so many have long speculated about him potentially winding up with his hometown Cardinals. They don’t appear to have an opening in their rotation right now, what with Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook, a rehabbing Adam Wainwright and the aforementioned Lohse all under contract for 2012, but things could change if the veteran southpaw is willing to give them some sort of hometown discount.

However, considering that Buehrle one of the most coveted pitchers on the free agent market, he would probably be turning down a lot of money elsewhere. We learned earlier today that he has received offers from three teams believed to be in the three-year, $36-39 million range.

Lohse, 33, is owed $11.75 million next season in the final year of a four-year, $41 million contract. While he’s coming off a solid bounceback year, a trade could prove difficult, especially when you consider that he has a no-trade clause.

For what it’s worth, when asked by B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest about the possibility of adding another starting pitcher, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said, “I don’t really think so.”

  1. spudchukar - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    This scenario doesn’t surprise me. I was hoping it would be Westbrook to go, but maybe they can ship him out too and latch onto Berkman’s buddy Oswalt. That would make quite the starting rotation. It does make some sense if Buehrle and Oswalt would sign for 3 and 2 years respectively. Then the Cards could ease in Miller and Martinez as the others age. A pipe dream sure, but hey crazier hopes have already been realized in 2011.

    • paperlions - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:18 AM

      Lohse is more tradeable, he had a good year last year. If he was a FA, a 1 yr deal for $11M would be seen as team friendly, since a pitcher in his situation would be looking for 3 years.

      Westbrook was beyond horrible last year (though I forgave all of that when he pitched a scoreless 11th in game 6 of the WS) and has no trade value whatsoever.

      I would also pass on Oswalt, old pitchers with bad backs are to be avoided….the odds of such a beast being healthy in the playoffs is near zero.

      • stex52 - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:52 AM

        Might not be a bad gamble, depending on the money. He is only 34 yet. His WHIP took a bad beating last year, but he was hurt a lot and the other stats were pretty good. He has bounced back from back and groin problems in the past. I would offer him #2-#3 money for one year with an option to come back. He will probably turn it down, but nothing lost.

        The man likes to win. Hate to give up on guys like him when they might have a couple of years left in them.

  2. cup0pizza - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    No thanks on Oswalt for the Cards. Dude sucks now and is 400 yeas old.

  3. cintiphil - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    How much are the Cards going to get? they have the pitching they need to win now!

  4. mojosmagic - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Bum.

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