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Kyle Lohse would block Cardinals’ attempt to trade him

Dec 6, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

Kyle Lohse

There have been several reports that the Cardinals are looking to trade Kyle Lohse, presumably to open up a rotation spot for Mark Buehrle, but one potential stumbling block is that Lohse has a full no-trade clause.

And according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch he would use it to block a trade. Or at least that’s Lohse’s current stance.

Goold reports that the Cardinals have yet to actually approach Lohse about a potential move, so it’s possible his position could change depending on the situation.

Lohse will be paid $12 million in the final season of a four-year, $41 million deal and the 33-year-old right-hander logged 188 innings with a 3.39 ERA and 111/42 K/BB ratio in 2011, so he’d be an upgrade in plenty of rotations.


  1. mojosmagic - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Who would want him?

    • paperlions - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:41 PM

      Yeah, no teams need a solid mid-rotation starter with a 3.39 ERA that strikes out 3 times as many guys as he walks.

      • xmatt0926x - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:55 PM

        Does anyone really think he’s as good as last years numbers?

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:13 PM

        He looked as good as his last years numbers… Plus it’s a contract year for him in 2012, which usually equals good season. For some reason or another…

      • paperlions - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:55 PM

        When he has been healthy with the Cardinals, he has pretty much been the guy he was last year

  2. thefalcon123 - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    How did it take $44 million dollars and a no trade clause to sign Kyle Lohse again?

    • Gonzo - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:46 PM

      It’s the Gil Meche effect.

  3. Jonny 5 - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    I don’t really understand the effort to get rid of Lohse just to sign Buehrle… I consider them to be about the same with Lohse having a very good season last season. A .3 differential in xFIP is hardly enough to exert all this effort imo. Plus Buehrle is going to want more money than Lohse is making. Head scratcher for me.

  4. hammyofdoom - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    You know I’m really surprised by how many teams are going for Buehrle (in a good surprised kind of way at least). I thought a ton of teams would be scared off by his low strikeout totals, but I really think to get rid of Lohse to get Buehrle is more of a sideways move than a real upgrade.

  5. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Buehrle is a southpaw. Mystery explained.

  6. mojosmagic - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    He is an over paid, injury prone, non elite 6 inning pitcher . Who would to pay this guy 12 million ? Big market teams sign big time guys.

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