I started working on my divisional predictions this past week, and had the Milwaukee Brewers finishing in last place in the National League Central. However, the Brewers have changed my mind by signing Kyle Lohse on Monday to a three-year contract worth $33 million. Lohse will also have the chance to earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses.
Lohse gives Milwaukee a solid No. 2 starter behind Yovani Gallardo. He had to wait this long to get a job after a 16-3 season last year, which annoys me greatly because a pitcher like Lohse should have got a contract a very long time ago and not have to wait this long.
The Brewers waited it out and now have a pitcher that could win another 15-18 games this season. The offense is there in Milwaukee to support Lohse, and he should be familiar with the division after pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals last season.
I had Milwaukee with a 74-88 record before the Lohse signing. I’m now at 86-76 after the team made this move. It may seem like a huge jump just because of one pitcher, but Lohse is a ton better than whomever the Brewers would have thrown out there in that slot.
Milwaukee has become a serious contender again and potentially win the division title after signing Lohse. I think Milwaukee is now a second or third-place team behind the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates going into the 2013 MLB season. Lohse’s wait has paid off in his favor with this deal.