Kyle Lohse Getting Short End Of Stick In Free Agency
With Rafael Soriano signing, there is just one major free agent pitcher left for Major League Baseball teams to look at before the 2013 starts - Kyle Lohse. The interesting thing is that Lohse doesn’t seem to have the interest I thought he would. It could be because teams have to give up a draft pick to get Lohse, but that should be no excuse. Who wouldn’t want a pitcher that went 16-3 in 2012? I know I would want him on my team.
Lohse has the talent to pitch in either the National League or American League, but still can’t get a job. It is starting to sound a lot like collusion from the mid-80s. This is obviously not true, but with the lack of contract offers, it seems that way. Lohse should have got a four or five-year contract worth $70 million by now before any other free agent not named Zack Greinke. I don’t know what teams are waiting for with Lohse, but spring training isn’t far off now.
If Lohse gets to February without a job, there will be questions asked by a lot of people. The talent is there for Lohse and he will help some team be better than they were in 2012, but who will sign him? I could see both teams in LA going after Lohse, as both are on the verge of being World Series contenders. This offseason has been a weird one, but this Lohse thing is really bugging me and hopefully he finds a new team soon.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.