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Kyle Lohse will not wait until after the draft to sign

Mar 21, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

There is a sense out there that the reason why Kyle Lohse hasn’t found a job yet is because of the draft pick compensation hanging around his neck. In keeping with that, there are some who speculate that Lohse may wait until after the June draft to sign, thereby eliminating that compensation and giving him more options.

Not so says Scott Boras:


Lohse, who is 34, posted a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts last season for the Cardinals. There are some, however, who feel that was flukey and that he’d have particular problems returning to the American League.  If Boras is right, we’ll know soon enough.

  1. jwbiii - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    If it was Lohse’s, or Boras’, choice to make, he’d already be signed.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Are you saying there are no offers? Because I’d assume there are plenty of offers, and simply none to their liking as yet. If Lohse was desperate for money or work, he’d have signed a one-year make-good deal months ago.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    As spring charges on and more arms are attrited, Lohse gains leverage. As usual, the smart bet is probably on Boras.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      What exactly is that smart bet? That Lohse will sign for more then $13.3 mil for this year?

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        If you want my best guess, and it’s not worth much, I’d say Lohse gets 3 yrs 33 million. Worth waiting for if so.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        But that effectively would be $20 mil in 2014 & 15, had he accepted the Cards offer for 1 year….idk….

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        guaranteed money for a 34 year old. easy call.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        I suppose – but that is IF he gets it. He is only going to be 3/4 of a season at best for 2013…..

  3. uyf1950 - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    The only way Lohse signs with a team prior to the draft is if comes down on his pay and length demands for a contract. No one is going to give a 34 year old, 3 years and upwards of $40MM +/- and give up their draft choice. Especially a team that doesn’t have a protected pick.

  4. largebill - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    We are near the end of spring training. Is Lohse even ready? I’m sure he is playing toss and maybe he is working with a catcher, but that isn’t the same as facing live bats. If he signed tomorrow he’ll still miss first week or two of regular season. Everyday he remains unsigned means more regular season games he’ll miss. While he would likely be an upgrade for many teams, most teams are about set with their rotations. Unless a team loses a starter to injury . . . . I don’t see teams lining up to sign him.

  5. chacochicken - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    The Korean leagues are always looking for pitchers.

    • blacksables - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      So is every league in the world, to include Major League Baseball. Are you trying to be insulting towards global baseball, or just the Koreans in particular?

      • chacochicken - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        I was just trying to insult you. Success! I think if Lohse wants to sign when he wants to sign he may have to take a job pitching for another league because MLB seems to be hesitant. You may want to check your ACL and MCL with that violent knee jerk.

  6. geoknows - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    “Too many teams in play?”

    That reeks of a typical Boras smokescreen sound byte. Posturing. The translation is “Come sign Kyle Lohse before somebody else does and you miss out!”

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Exaclty. If that statement were true one of those “teams” that is “in play” would have signed by now

    • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      I won’t believe it’s just Boras bullshit until I hear the same thing from Jon Heyman.

      • bluesnats - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        Boss Heyman dictating to Boras the Minion is ruining sports

      • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        I’m not here to say I like the Boss Heyman sketch. I’m here to demand that you drop the Boss Heyman sketch!

  7. tcb2nyc - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Lohse is worth EITHER the draft pick, OR a decent salary for maybe two years. Not both. And certainly not a 3 year deal at top dollar. Boras (as usual) is on crack.

  8. schuch10 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    lol Boras seems to finally be getting burned. And if they are waiting for injury, I think Texas and their injuries made it clear, that that is not a guarantee to a major signing.

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