The Milwaukee Brewers appear content with how their starting rotation is shaping up for the 2013 MLB season. However, is there room for one more veteran, such as Kyle Lohse, to take the No. 2 spot behind ace Yovani Gallardo?
Lohse has yet to sign with any of the 30 Major League teams and is easily the top pitching free agent left on the market. It is understandable why no one has yet to sign him because he is most likely asking for too much money. It is also understandable why no team is willing to give him the big pay day even though he had the best season of his career statistically. At 34 years old, no one wants to take the chance of a big contract backfiring.
Some fans in Milwaukee wanted the Brewers to make a big splash for a starting pitcher this past winter but after failed contracts with Jeff Suppan and Randy Wolf it is perfectly understandable why general manager Doug Melvin was hesitant to sign away another multi-year deal. However, Lohse would be a fantastic addition to Milwaukee’s young rotation as he would bring veteran leadership and double-digit wins along with him.
Melvin has apparently not been in contact with Lohse’s agent Scott Boras, who is notoriously known as the most difficult agent in all of baseball. Although, that does not mean that Boras has not been trying to convince Milwaukee to sign the right-hander.
“I think he has had some conversations with (owner) Mark Attanasio,” said Melvin. “There’s nothing going on.”
Attanasio is not against signing Lohse but there is no way he is going to give him an average salary of more than $13 million, which is what Boras is looking for his client. The Brewers owner even went as far to say that he would surrender a first-round draft pick to sign Lohse but if the starter is not willing to meet the team half way on the finances then there is no point for the talks to continue.
Milwaukee is certainly happy with their current projected rotation of Gallardo, Marco Estrada, Mike Fiers, Mark Rogers and Wily Peralta (rookie) even though the latter three have each played less than a year in the big leagues. However, if Lohse decided to come around there is definitely a good chance the Brewers would open their door to the 12-year player.
Lohse posted career numbers across the board as he went 16-3 with a 2.86 earned run average, 143 strikeouts, 3.9 wins above replacement and 211 innings in 33 starts for the St. Louis Cardinals last season.