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Scott Boras says Kyle Lohse is “talking with a number of teams”

Mar 14, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

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Kyle Lohse remains unsigned, but he’s been throwing at Scott Boras’ training facility in California and the agent says he’s “talking with a number of teams.”

“A lot of teams are evaluating their existing situations, but have called and have interest in Kyle,” Boras told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, who reports that the asking price remains a three-year contract with a “big” annual salary.

And unless Lohse waits to sign until after the June draft he’ll also cost a first-round pick.

Boras previously got Rafael Soriano and Michael Bourn much bigger contracts than most people expected given their late signing dates, but with three weeks until the season begins holding out for a three-year deal for a 34-year-old pitcher seems extremely unlikely to happen. Even for Boras.

  1. hqdeezy - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Boras always trying to create a big market for his players. Come on Scotty! We all know your strategy. If someone wanted to sign Lohse then he would’ve been signed already, but you’re probably asking for a big 50 carat diamond! With that being said, Lohse is definitely a solid back end of the rotation starting pitcher though. He just has to be valued at an affordable cost.

    • tonyc920 - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      HQ, The issue is his past health history and the fact the team who signs him will forfeit a 1st round draft pick as compensation to St Louis. I would like to see the Brewers sign him to a 3 year deal for 30 mil, but we’ve had really bad luck signing free agent pitchers, especially those from St Louis. No team will forfeit a 1st rounder for a 1 year deal and every team is being cautious with him.

      • nicmax11 - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        No, there lots of teams that WOULD do it for a 1 year deal but boras is demanding a min of 3 years.

    • nicmax11 - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      A back end of the rotation starter?? lol. Not sure what rotation your talking about. have you seen his stats over the last 2 years?? He’s an ace. thats a silly and ignorant comment. get a clue….

      • hqdeezy - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        ACE? 5 winning seasons in 12 years and you think he’s an ace? Sure he’s been solid the past 2 years pitching for a team that provides him run support, but given his age, no team will pay him the money he’s seeking to become their ace.

      • nicmax11 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        ACE?????? Yes, qeezy… ACE! Did, I stutter?? Whats so hard to understand about that? Any intelligent baseball fan that knows that he had the best winning % of any starter in EITHER league last year. Couple that with the fact the he was top 5 in ERA, WHIP and innings pitched id say that his success has nothing to do with run support. How does run support effect WHIP and ERA?? And to say that he is a “Back of the rotation” starter is just plain silly. And the years in which he was hurt i dont think is a fair judge of his talent level do you? Ever since he got together with Dave Duncan he’s been nailz in all of his healthy seasons. Id not saying that’ll get his agents contract demands fulfilled but to say he’s a back of the rotation starter is a foolish comment. So, like i said… GET A CLUE DUMMY!!!!

  2. thebadguyswon - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    He’s talking with a numbers of teams alright. That number happens to be zero.

  3. madhatternalice - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    The fact that he isn’t signed has got to be because of the draft compensation. It’s really unfortunate that a team can’t sign him to a one-year contract without losing more than his value is worth.

    • bankboy2012 - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      That’s part of it. The other part is he’s 34 and looked at as being a product of the Dave Duncan repair shop. Even with that only 3 out of his 5 seasons in St. Louis were outstanding, injuries those two bad years aside. Top that with him wanting a three year deal and the loss of the draft pick, and yeah, he’s outside looking in.

      • madhatternalice - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        Absolutely. Because of his age and his up-and-down history, he’s a prime candidate for a one year deal. But no team in their right mind will offer him a one year deal in exchange for a draft pick.

      • spudchukar - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        How many times do I have to write this. His 2009-2010 seasons were marred by a freak forearm sheath injury due to a HBP. His last 3 healthy seasons in St. Louis were excellent and progressively better.

  4. dakotah55 - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Would anybody expect Scott Boras to say anything else?

    Snark aside, I fully expect Boras to get him a good contract. I don’t know how he does it, but he seems to come through for his clients every year.

  5. proudlycanadian - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    So far, with this client, Boras is all talk and no action.

  6. pisano - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Gee, you don’t think Boras would be exaggerating a bit, do you?

  7. tfbuckfutter - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    “Hey Royals”
    “Hi Kyle.”
    “How’s it goin?”
    “Fine.”
    “…..Whatcha thinkin about?”
    “Kyle, you gotta stop calling every day.”
    “Oh whatevs. I totes have to go because someone else is calling right now and it’s probably the Padres so, you know….probably gonna be pitching for them soon….maybe starting opening day….talk to you tomorrow.”

  8. randygnyc - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    The ultimate oleaginous huckster.

    • Old Gator - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Now that’s what I call gaming the dictionary. Well done, sir. We’ll make an effete intellectual snob out of you yet.

    • spudchukar - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Apt description, however it is also true that “the squeaky wheel, gets the grease”, and in Boras’ case “the squeaky, greasy big wheel, gets his deal.”

  9. thesmedman - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Dear Mr Boras,

    Call us – we’re suckers, as you well know.

    Sincerely,

    M. Rizzo

    • mazblast - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      Yeah, because if there’s one thing the Nationals need, it’s another starting pitcher.

  10. markofapro - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Maybe he can play first or third for the Yankees.

  11. tonyc920 - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    One of the contending teams will have a bad start to the season or have a pitcher injured early and will become desperate. That’s how Lohse gets a deal. Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Texas. One of these teams. They have the money to throw around.

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