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Nationals “may try to swoop in and sign” Kyle Lohse

Feb 12, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Now that Michael Bourn has his $48 million deal from the Indians the last unsigned free agent with draft pick compensation attached is Kyle Lohse.

There’s been little in the way of reports that he’s in negotiations with any teams, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals “may try to swoop in and sign” Lohse as rotation depth in case Gio Gonzalez faces a 50-game suspension in connection to the Biogenesis clinic.

Because the Nationals already forfeited their first-round pick to sign Rafael Soriano the cost for adding Lohse would be a second-rounder, and of course no team has a better relationship with Lohse’s (and Soriano’s) agent, Scott Boras.

Washington already has a stacked rotation and good starter depth, so signing Lohse would very much be a luxury for a team with a $110 million payroll already. Still, if Lohse’s price tag drops low enough and Boras gives Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo another call the best on-paper team in the National League could get even stronger.

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Waiting to hear it……waiting to hear it…..

  2. PHILLYPHanalysis - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    they don’t need draft picks for the next couple years, fuggem!

  3. echech88 - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    That draft pick compensation has really screwed over some guys the past couple years.

    • albertmn - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      I disagree. They all had the chance to sign the offer sheet and take the $13.3 million. They knew the score before this, and a good agent would have known how much money the draft pick compensation would cost. This was bargained through the CBA, so no crying about it now. Give in to more PED testing and the owners might give in on the draft pick issue.

  4. jmcnick - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Sholdn’t the headline be “Scott Boras will try to swoop in on Mike Rizzo”

  5. unlost1 - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    this near impossible scenario had to be invented so i will invent a reason for it: Spending millions on another guy is the best way to insure they can limit Strasburg’s innings to 80 IP per year.

  6. Old Gator - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    It looks like the wing of a bird.

    It must be the wing of a plane. A bird that big. Could it fly…?

  7. dcfan4life - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I promise you all, if they sign Lohse, is it has nothing to do with Gio. It will push Detweiler into the pen which will allow him to come in for long innings work, be a lefty specialist if needed, and even then extend their incredibly deep pitching staff.

  8. razorbyrd - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    if the Nats sign Lohse, they could either move Det to the bullpen and use him there, or use him in a spot-start type role to keep ALL their pitchers fresh…

  9. protius - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    I think the Indians could use some flying lessons. Lohse would certainly add credibility to their image, and 12-16 games to the win column.

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