It appears that player agent Scott Boras is finally going to get his client Kyle Lohse paid a week before the major league season is set to kick off. The Milwaukee Brewers and Lohse are rumoured to have agreed on a contract pending a physical.
Lohse was arguable the second-best free agent pitcher available this off-season, but teams appeared hesitant to cough up the first round draft pick as compensation for inking him. The Brewers would have to surrender the 17th overall selection in the upcoming amateur draft for the services of Lohse.
The 34-year old Lohse is coming off a career year in which he went 16-3 with a 2.86 earned run average as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. Lohse won 30 games in the last two seasons for the Cardinals and should add some much-needed stability to the Brewers rotation, where he will form a formidable tandem with staff ace Yovani Gallardo.
There is no timetable when Lohse will be major league ready but he has been throwing simulated games trying to prepare for upcoming season.
Terms of the agreement have not yet been released, but Lohse turned down a $13.3 million dollar qualifying offer from the Cardinals earlier in the off-season.
Regardless of the numbers, it is good for the game of baseball to have Lohse on the bump rather than sitting at home on his rump.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.