Buster Olney wrote this morning about Kyle Lohse and the different places that he could end up. As we have written several times this offseason, Lohse has mostly been having trouble finding a team to sign with because of the new CBA which requires team to give up a first or second round draft pick, depending on their previous season’s record. From the article:
You go through this exercise over and over, and because of Lohse’s salary requirements — club officials say that earlier this winter, Lohse’s agent, Scott Boras, was looking for an Anibal Sanchez-type deal ($80 million) — and the fact that he’s linked to draft-pick compensation makes him an imperfect fit for a whole bunch of teams.
Eventually, he’ll sign, because he’s a pitcher and this is the work he chose. But like Bourn, he’ll probably have to take a whole lot less money than he might’ve envisioned last September.
Just for the hell of it, I’ll make an educated guess, although my confidence in this guess is about as low as it can get. I bet Lohse ends up with the Milwaukee Brewers for a 2-3 year deal worth around $30 million. As Olney writes, the Brewers had their hopes on signing Ryan Dempster
, but he ended up with the Red Sox. Though they are trying to fill their rotation with what they have, they are going to need an anchor at the top of that rotation if they want any shot of heading to the playoffs in 2013. It would be an easy transition for Lohse since he would be moving within the division, and GM Doug Melvin has implied that it’s possible they go to outside options.
Lohse has never really fared well in the American League, and not many other teams are planning on spending tens of millions of dollars with just a month or two left until the regular season. Lohse’s options really are running out, which is a shame, because there’s not a doubt in my mind that he is as or more valuable than someone like Anibal Sanchez, who signed for a five-year $80 million deal earlier this offseason. I think there is a problem with the system if it has taken this long for a pitcher of Lohse’s caliber to even get so much as a multi-year offer.