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Brewers might give up a draft pick to sign Kyle Lohse if his price tag drops enough

Jan 28, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Kyle Lohse‘s market has been crushed by having draft pick compensation attached to his free agency and as recently as three weeks ago he hadn’t received a single offer despite coming off back-to-back career-years.

Lohse and Michael Bourn are the only two unsigned free agents who turned down $13.3 million qualifying offers from their original teams, but yesterday Brewers owner Mark Attanasio revealed that Milwaukee could be a landing spot for Lohse if his price tag drops low enough due to the lack of interested teams:

I think you have to look at the whole picture. We’ve given up picks before, and when we got CC [Sabathia] and we got Zack [Greinke], we gave up more than draft compensation–we gave up ready-to-go young players. This season, we’re mindful of the fact that if we do add some pieces, we may have to give up some young players. There’s always a chance. Again, it’s a function of size of contract, length of contract. Kyle had a phenomenal two seasons the last two seasons. We just have to see if that fits in our overall scheme.

Milwaukee picks 17th in the first round and to give that up in order to sign a 34-year-old pitcher is a steep price even without factoring in how much money Lohse would actually get, but Attanasio noted that guys like Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, and Rickie Weeks were all top-10 picks. Of course, the most recent Brewers first-round pick to make the majors was Brett Lawrie, who they got 16th overall in 2008 and traded to the Blue Jays for Shaun Marcum.

  1. prosourcetalk - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Maybe they should stop giving up young players. Especially when they are more than one marginally decent SP away from being a playoff team

  2. sfm073 - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Do not trade your future away for Kyle loshe. He will not get you over the hump.

  3. cardsfanindelaware - Jan 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I hope Kyle gets signed, which he will. I just hope it isn’t with a team in the NL Central.

  4. Fink - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Brewers should look at what the reds have done in investing in young homegrown talent, not trading away pick after pick for mismatched pieces that are destined for mediocrity. Loshe is a 3 at best even after b2b career years.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Have you looked at the Brewers starting lineup? It’s been mostly homegrown talent for the better part of the last 8 years. And its brought them success.

  5. hodaghunter - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    The brewers have stockpiled their farm system for years which eventually led to them making big trades over the last five years. Now their farm system has taken quite a hit but if you look at the overall team the Brewers are a few pieces away from playoff status.

    Question marks are really about 3rd base, 3-5 pitchers, bullpen. Every other spot is locked down this year. If not for the Bullpen blowing some 25 games last year the Brewers would have run away with the division.

    • theaxmancometh - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:25 AM

      3rd base is pretty well set with Ramirez. Gonna assume u meant 1st base.

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