Reports have indicated that the Milwaukee Brewers and Kyle Lohse have reached an agreement on a three-year, $33 million dollar contract, ending the 34 year old’s longer-drawn-out-than -expected free agency saga just days before the start of the regular season.
Lohse is apparently already in Brewers camp ready to undergo a pre-signing physical examination. The right hander was the last among this year’s crop of the major free agents to find a home, moving from St. Louis to a division rival in Milwaukee. The Cardinals tendered an initial offer to Lohse this offseason, which under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement will require the Brewers to give up their 17th overall in the upcoming MLB draft.
In February, Seeds All Day analyzed the factors contributing to Lohses inability to find a suitable taker and attempted to predict the most likely destinations for him to sign. Milwaukee did not make our top three, mainly because we did not feel the Brewers were in a position of contention that would justify risking a multi-year deal with an aging pitcher AND giving up their first round draft pick. It’s obvious the Milwaukee front office disagrees and feels they have the pieces in place to make a run at a title this season.
Lohse has been working out and throwing simulated games on his own in Arizona, but it’s expected he will need at least a little time to sharpen into a form capable of dealing with major league lineups again.
He is expected to fall behind ace Yovani Gallardo in the second spot of the Brewers rotation. The reminder of the starting staff will likely be made up of Marco Estrada, Chris Narveson and Mike Fiers.
Lohse went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA for the Cardinals last season, but has just a 118-109 career record with a 4.45 ERA in 12 seasons in the majors.