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Kyle Lohse’s three-year contract with the Brewers is official

Mar 25, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

Kyle Lohse passed his physical with the Brewers earlier this evening, making his new three-year contract official. The deal is reportedly worth $33 million and includes $1 million in performance bonuses.

As a result of the signing, the Brewers will surrender their first-round draft pick (No. 17 overall) in this year’s First-Year Player Draft and the accompanying draft pool money. Meanwhile, Lohse’s former team, the Cardinals, will receive the No. 28 overall pick in June’s draft as compensation.

According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Lohse is scheduled to throw a bullpen session in Brewers’ camp tomorrow and could be ready to pitch in a game as soon as Wednesday or Thursday. The veteran right-hander has been keeping in shape by throwing simulated games, so despite the long wait to find a new home, it’s possible that he’ll be ready to join Milwaukee’s rotation when the season starts. Yovani Gallardo and Marco Estrada are clear locks for the rotation, so Chris Narveson, Mike Fiers or Wily Peralta will get the boot in order to make room for Lohse.

Lohse, 34, posted a 2.86 ERA and 143/48 K/BB ratio over 211 innings with St. Louis last season. He had a 3.39 ERA in 30 starts in 2011.

UPDATE: Adam McCalvy of MLB.com has passed along the contract details. Lohse will earn just $4 million this season while he’ll get $7 million in deferred payments from 2016-2018. He’ll make $11 million in 2014 and 2015.

  1. vpisteve99 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Definitely makes the team better and not a ridiculous amount of money but seems unlikely that this signing will be the one to get the Brewers to the playoffs. There are a lot of good players at pick 17 also – of course chances are Melvin will be gone by the time most of these prospects would be ML players anyway.

  2. hodag54501 - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    This will make the Brewers better this year. The Brewers will have two top-level starters at the top of the rotation. Some of the fans are calling this another Jeff Suppan deal(good in St. Louis, worn out when he came to Milwaukee). Too soon to tell. But for this year, with the best of the Brewers talent still around, this says ‘lets go for it’. Cincy is still the favorite, the Cards will be there and Pittsburgh, but at least Milwaukee is willing to try. Why ask the fans for a ticket when you know you’re not giving it your all?
    High baseball draft picks, to me, are far less impactful than football top picks. How many #1′s make it?

  3. hep3 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Our national nightmare is over!

    • Old Gator - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Nope. Now Boras turns the full court press on Valverde. Your seratonin imbalances haven’t even begun to kick in yet.

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