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Brewers still considering free agent righty Kyle Lohse?

Mar 17, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

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Here’s Tom Haudricourt, beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

You understand the reservations the Brewers have about Lohse. He is 34 and wants at least a three-year deal, and the Brewers were burned in the past by committing to Jeff Suppan and Randy Wolf with multiyear deals in their 30s.

But [Brewers owner Mark Attanasio] likes to win, and his club returns the highest-scoring offense in the NL from a year ago. [Scott] Boras has told him that it would be a shame to waste such an attack with a substandard starting rotation.

So, all things considered, I’ll believe the Brewers aren’t going to sign Lohse when he signs with another club.

The Brewers would also have to forfeit the 17th overall pick in this year’s draft, which might be the biggest deterrent. But Haudricourt says that Boras has spoken to Attanasio “more than once” this winter about the free agent right-hander, who had a 2.86 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 211 innings with the Cardinals in 2012.

Opening Day is exactly two weeks away and Lohse remains without a team. It’s pretty incredible.

  1. sdemp - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Don’t do it!!!

    The only way you sign this scrub is if it’s a 1 year deal w/ team option for year two. There’s obviously a reason he hasn’t been signed yet.

    • Old Gator - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Yeah, it’s called a top draft pick. Pay attention.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    If the two main suitors for Lohse boil down to the Cardinals and the Brewers, then Boras is exerting a different type of leverage than we thought.

  3. spudchukar - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    The best place for Lohse is LA. Not that it is a good place for anybody, but it seems to be the best fit. I know they have an abundance of starters, but with Greinke iffy, they should still make the move. Lohse is, if nothing else solid. He led the league in starts, and was in the top five in quality starts in 2012. Plus Dodger stadium is the kind of park he can excel in and their defense, while not great, is as good as St. Louis’ was in 2012.

    It’s not like the Dodgers don’t have the bucks, they are way over the luxury tax penalty so a little more shouldn’t have much of an effect. And if my memory serves me Lohse is from Chico, which I believe is more No Cal than So Cal, but still Left Coast.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      L.A. is the last team on earth, not just MLB, who’s interested in Lohse. Ridiculous. Capuano, Harang and Lilly are just sitting around waiting for something to do.

      • spudchukar - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        First off, my avuncularly verdant law giver, as I stated on first glance the Dodgers are loaded with starters. However, only Kershaw and Greinke are better than Lohse, and as stated if Greinke is hurt they need Lohse.

        Billingsley, if questionable coming off surgery, and hasn’t been very good anyway the past couple of years. Lilly is also coming off an injury and rivals you in age Moses. Harang cannot be counted on in my opinion, and is no better than a fifth starter at best, and while Capuano does have an upside, his career to date has been woeful. And while they made the move for Rys, he is unproven, and so far in Spring Training has struggled mightily.

        If this is a must year, as the Dodgers have insisted, they need some solidity. Just having a lot of arms is a fool’s paradise; if those arms are injured or substandard. What Lohse offers that the Dodgers lack is certainty, and it would allow them to move a couple of the so-called abundance, cause none of those guys translate into effective relievers.

      • spudchukar - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        My bad on the newly acquired Korean hurler. Should be Ryu, not Rys.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        You must be a Dodgers fan, because no one with your ability to use logic and language would make that kind of argument without something serious clouding their judgment.

        It’s not about whether Lohse would be an upgrade over Aaron Harang. It’s pretty clear that he would be an upgrade over Harang (although much less so that he would be any kind of upgrade over Capuano,) should the depth chart be required to go that low. The question is: would he be enough of an upgrade over Harang to justify a three-year contract and the forfeiture of a first round draft pick? These are the margins where such decisions are made.

      • spudchukar - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        My least favorite team in all of Baseball is the Los Angeles Dodgers!

  4. onbucky96 - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Um, I was told to say no to sleazy agents peddling 30something pitchers in mid March. So, no thanks Scott. Take your wares someplace else. Go find your mystery team, like the Giants…of Japan.

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I’m getting Irish for the second day in a row! On Wisconsin!

  6. rangermania - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Scott was bragging not too long ago his clients were the steak dinner and he wasn’t worried. Looks like they may be hamburger instead.

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