Jim Bowden wrote this morning on his blog on ESPN that the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles can salvage their offseason by signing free agent Kyle Lohse.

From the article:

Lohse’s agent is Scott Boras, and word is that he wants a deal similar to the five-year, $80 contract that Sanchez got from the Detroit Tigers. But as the winter goes on, he will probably have to be a bit more realistic. Lohse turned down a qualifying offer from the Cardinals, so both the Brewers and Orioles (or anyone else picking outside of the top 10 overall) would have to surrender a first-round draft pick to sign him, which hurts his value. (Because the Tigers re-signed Sanchez, they don’t lose a pick, though it was moot for him because players who were traded during the season cannot receive qualifying offers.) 

The longer Lohse goes without a deal, the more likely the Brewers and Orioles can afford him. The Texas Rangers are another team that could be in play, but the O’s and Brewers need him more than any other potential suitors, as he could be the difference between contention and irrelevance in 2013.

It surprises me that it has taken this long for Lohse to sign with another team. For the Cardinals’ sake, I very much hope he doesn’t sign with the Brewers, though that would be an understandably easier transition than going to the American League, which, overall, probably has tougher competition.