It’s another day closer to Opening Day of the 2013 season, and another team has come out to express their lack of interest in free agent starter Kyle Lohse.
Seriously, it’s gotten to the point where it’s pretty easy to lose track of every team that is not interested in the 34-year old coming off a career year.
This time, it’s the New York Yankees, who are running into a little bit of depth trouble with their starting rotation these days, after Phil Hughes was shut down for at least a couple of weeks with a bulging disk in his back.
Given that the team’s offense is going to be somewhat diminished with the departures of Nick Swisher and Russell Martin, there will be a greater emphasis placed on the pitching staff to hold opponents to fewer runs, and losing Hughes long-term would be a major blow to that plan, even if he’s only the fourth starter for the team.
Still, GM Brian Cashman made it a point to express to Joel Sherman of the New York Post that they have “no interest” in signing Lohse to solve their issues, and will instead look to internal options like David Phelps and Adam Warren should Hughes’ problem persist well into the season.
Even if that doesn’t pan out, and the Yankees decide to look to outside sources for help, it won’t be someone who requires a major committment like Lohse.
Instead, as Sherman says, the team is looking for a veteran who they can put in AAA as depth during the 2013 season. Former Cy Young winner Chien-Ming Wang would be such a target, and the Yankees will apparently be watching the 32-year old in the World Baseball Classic to see if his performance warrants a potential homecoming.
Other than that, there are still options available such as Dallas Braden, Roy Oswalt, and Randy Wolf, who are all still looking for employment as the first Spring Training games are ready to start.
Like apparently every other team in the major leagues, as long as it’s not Lohse, the Yankees aren’t going to take themselves out of it.
So, for Lohse and agent Scott Boras, the wait for a MLB job continues yet another day. Which team will take themselves out of the mix for the righty’s services next?