St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse was sensational during the 2012 season and was a huge part of why the team was able to make a deep run in the postseason. Now that Lohse is a free agent, will the Milwaukee Brewers be looking to sign him?
Lohse had the best statistical season of his career in 2012, which means he will be fielding several offers from multiple teams during the winter meetings. Lohse posted a 16-3 record with a 2.86 earned run average and 143 strikeouts in 211 innings this past season.
It is no secret the Brewers need a veteran starting pitcher behind ace Yovani Gallardo in the rotation and Lohse would certainly fill that role nicely. Milwaukee’s general manager Doug Melvin has already publicly stated he intends to bring in a veteran pitcher to add to his young rotation.
The only question now is how much the Brewers are willing to spend on a single player. The good news is Milwaukee has plenty of money coming off the books, which means they will be able to lure a top market player such as Lohse to join the ball club. Also, the fact the Brewers have the top offense in the National League is another incentive for a talented pitcher to come aboard.
Lohse made $12,187,500 in 2012, which means he will want a similar paycheck per year over the span of a few seasons. Considering he is 34 years old, the right-hander will probably be looking for a deal that is between four and five years. Milwaukee is not keen on giving players in their mid-30’s long-term deals, considering they have been burned in the past. However, I believe the Brewers would make an exception for Lohse.
Lohse’s agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly looking for a three-year, $45 million deal this off-season. I believe Lohse is worth that contract, which is why Milwaukee could go one up on everyone else and offer him an additional year.
Remember, Lohse has been very productive over the last couple seasons and 2012 proves he does not intend to slow down. The Brewers would be very fortunate to get the 11-year veteran for four years at $60 million, especially since he has above-average command of all of his pitches.
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