Michael Bourn signed a four-year $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians on Monday, leaving Kyle Lohse as the last top-flight free agent on the market. This was, in my opinion, tens of millions of dollars less than Bourn was expecting, which leads me to believe that Lohse won’t be so happy with his deal at the end of the day either. Scott Boras is still the agent, and you can never count out his negotiating power, but can you believe that B.J. Upton is going to be making over $25 million more than Michael Bourn? That just doesn’t sound right. I’m wondering if Boras and his team started to feel as if the market was dwindling and wanted to make a deal as soon as possible.
The perception is that Lohse might now just be waiting for a significant pitching injury to happen (except apparently outside of the Cardinals) to some team so he can step up and save the given rotation. The problem is that I don’t how many more teams are out there that are planning on spending more than $30 million or so for the remainder of their offseason.
12:37: Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals might have some interest in Lohse, given the possibility that Gio Gonzalez could face a suspension for his connection to the recent PED scandal that connected Gonzalez to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami.