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Rangers were never close to signing Kyle Lohse

May 8, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Prior to signing with the Brewers a week before the season started Kyle Lohse was often linked to the Rangers by various reports, but Texas general manager Jon Daniels downplayed the team’s interest.

Daniels told Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Dallas that the two sides were “not close” to ever reaching an agreement because “he had offers above what we would have considered, so we never made a proposal.”

Lohse ended up getting a three-year, $33 million deal from the Brewers, so it’s easy to understand why the Rangers didn’t want to top that price and forfeit a draft pick for a 34-year-old.

Also of note: Daniels indicated that there was some talk of asking MLB about a potential sign-and-trade deal, but it ultimately didn’t go very far because Lohse had enough interest from teams willing to lose a draft pick.

Lohse is off to a good start in Milwaukee with a 3.16 ERA and 24/3 K/BB ratio in 37 innings.

  1. beefytrout - May 8, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    So basically, when Jon Daniels said over and over and over that the Rangers were out on Kyle Lohse, it turns out that they were, in fact, out on Kyle Lohse all along.

    Well played, JD.

    • eightyraw - May 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      It is almost as if the media thought the Rangers were a good fit for Lohse and just continued to force the story …

      • beefytrout - May 8, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        Yes, and I am almost typing this sentence.

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