The Miami Marlins dumped a lot of salary this winter. The organization dumped every big signing they made in the 2011 offseason and cleared up a lot of space in the budget. Why not bring some of the Marlins’ fan interest back? The Marlins should make the move to sign free agent right-handed pitcher Kyle Lohse.
What would the Marlins have to lose in signing Lohse? The rotation the team has coming into the 2013 season is extremely young. Ricky Nolasco is disgruntled with the team’s moves this offseason and it is expected that he is pitching to leave Miami since he is entering the final year of a three-year contract that he signed with the team in 2010. Behind Nolasco, it is a team of Henderson Alvarez, Wade Leblanc, Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob Turner.
Between those four behind Nolasco, the pitchers have won a combined total of 15 games in 2012. Lohse was 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA. Of course, Lohse’s asking salary is going to be high since his reemergence in baseball. Lohse is also a Scott Boras client, which has turned off a lot of teams. Another reason why the Marlins may not sign him is because St. Louis would be owed compensation, that would mean the Marlins would lose its first round draft pick.
However, with the lack of pitching the Marlins have, what does the team actually have to lose? It would be amazing to see this team win 65 games this season behind the pitching that does not exist.
Signing Lohse will help the Marlins rotation, but that all depends if you want to lose the draft pick for him.