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Kyle Lohse to Rangers: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

After having one of the worst seasons in his MLB career, Kyle Lohse will look to rebound with the Texas Rangers. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Lohse and Texas agreed to terms on a deal. 

Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirmed the report, and added the deal was worth $2 million, with another $1.5 million in performance bonuses. 

In a way, Lohse’s decline serves as a microcosm for the Milwaukee Brewers‘ fortunes in recent years.

When Milwaukee signed the 37-year-old right-hander for three years and $33 million, he was coming off a successful 2012 season in which he finished 16-3 and posted a 2.86 ERA. The Brewers had finished 83-79, missing out on the playoffs after reaching the National League Championship Series in 2011.

Lohse was supposed to be one of the anchors of Milwaukee’s starting rotation and help get the team back into the playoffs. Instead, his performance declined over the next three seasons, and the Brewers went from contending to all-out rebuilding.

There’s no way getting around how poorly Lohse pitched in 2015. Brewers manager Craig Counsell moved him to the bullpen in August after he posted a 6.31 ERA and 5.19 FIP to start the year.

Following a loss to the Cleveland Indians on July 22, Lohse perfectly summed up how his season was unfolding, per Genaro C. Armas of the Associated Press: “Ever see a guy try to pull something off the shelf, drops it, tries to put it back, knocks it over some more and the whole thing falls down? Yeah, about like that.”

Beyond the obvious concerns about his performance, Lohse’s drop in velocity, per BrooksBaseball.net, raises a major question about whether he still has any value as a major league pitcher:

Lohse is a sinker-ball pitcher, which is notable considering how successful opposing hitters were against the pitch, also courtesy of BrooksBaseball.net:

Even if Lohse deviates from his past tendencies and relies less on his sinker, hitters had a lot of success against what is historically his secondary weapon—a changeup—last year.

A number of former starting pitchers have transitioned well to a bullpen role in the past, so there’s the chance Lohse could have a career renaissance as a reliever.

If 2015 is any indicator, a transformation won’t be on the cards. Lohse had a 3.81 ERA in his 15 relief appearances, while his strikeout-to-walk rate fell from 2.87 as a starter to 1.69 out of the pen.

The Rangers seem a somewhat odd destination for Lohse since they aren’t in dire need of starting pitching. Their starters rank eighth in combined ERA (3.69). Granted, they also rank 21st in combined FIP (4.46). Texas has room for improvement, but nothing from Lohse’s performance last year leads one to believe he’s the guy to address the issue.

A.J. Griffin left his start on May 7 with shoulder stiffness, which opened up a spot in the rotation. Yet, Yu Darvish’s return to the active roster appears to be imminent. Assuming Darvish doesn’t suffer any setbacks in his rehab, he won’t be in the minors much longer.

Perhaps Rangers general manager Jon Daniels views Lohse as insurance in case any other starting pitcher goes down between now and the end of the year.


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Kyle Lohse: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent SP

Free-agent starting pitcher Kyle Lohse threw for teams at UC Irvine this past Thursday, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, and is reportedly coveted by multiple clubs following that session.

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Rangers, Angels Among Teams Interested in Lohse

Saturday, May 7

Heyman had the inside information on Texas and Los Angeles—and indicated there may be other clubs who want to acquire the 37-year-old pitcher.

Lohse last played for the Milwaukee Brewers last season and had a rough go on the mound, posting a 5-13 record with a 5.85 ERA in 37 appearances, which consisted of only 22 starts as he was moved to the bullpen.

The two years before, though, Lohse built on a strong finish to his time with the St. Louis Cardinals and continued to function as a solid MLB starter. His last season in St. Louis was his peak—he posted a 16-3 record with a 2.86 ERA.

Although his 2015 campaign is discouraging, Lohse has to feel good about his outlook in light of the fact multiple teams are at least considering him after one workout. On the other hand, Heyman reported on a showcase Lohse put on in March, which didn’t result in getting signed.

Lackluster pitching has often been an undeniable shortcoming for the Rangers in recent years. They did improve from last to tied for 17th in quality starts from 2014 to 2015 and were tied for second in that category in all of baseball entering Saturday’s games.

Any team looking for pitching help, whether it be as an extra arm in the bullpen or a No. 5 starter, could do far worse than adding Lohse. He’s posted seven double-digit win seasons in his career, including three in a row before a rough 2015.

Other than former San Francisco Giants star Tim Lincecum, there aren’t many better, more proven options on the open market than Lohse at the moment.

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MLB Rumors: Top Trade Chatter Surrounding Chase Utley, Justin Upton and More

MLB‘s non-waiver trade deadline came and went on July 31 with plenty of action across the league, but teams are far from done when it comes to attempting to improve for the playoff push.

Organizations are still able to strike deals for the remainder of the season, but the deadline for a traded player being able to take part in the playoffs is Aug. 31. Any player traded between now and the remainder of the 2015 campaign must first pass through waivers.

That complicates things to some degree, but veterans with big contracts can often be had under such circumstances since most teams aren’t necessarily willing to commit significant amounts of money.

As teams contemplate making a last-ditch effort in their drive toward the postseason, here is a look at the latest trade rumors surrounding Major League Baseball.


Chase Utley

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is arguably one of the greatest players ever at his position and a borderline Hall of Famer. Although he has certainly declined in recent years, he is a definite candidate to move via a waiver trade.

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees have all shown some level of interest in acquiring the 36-year-old veteran.

While Utley is a Philly sports icon, he can become a free agent at the end of the 2015 season, which gives the Phils plenty of incentive to make a trade.

Matt Lombardo of NJ.com sees no reason why Philadelphia shouldn’t ship him out of town regardless of what type of return it can get:

Both the Cubs and Dodgers could use a veteran player of Utley’s ilk, but ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick sees the Yanks as the best fit:

Utley would have a chance to start in the Bronx since the combination of Stephen Drew and Brendan Ryan leaves plenty to be desired. Although Utley is having an awful year with a .179 batting average, four home runs and 25 RBI, he has been hampered by an ankle injury that he is just now returning from.

He is a six-time All-Star who enjoyed solid production just one year ago when he hit .270 with 11 homers and 78 RBI. He is also a left-handed hitter with three seasons of 30 home runs to his credit, which makes Yankee Stadium the perfect ballpark for him.

He has played in 46 postseason games, gone to the World Series twice and won a championship. He is the type of competitor every contending team would love to have in some capacity, and he’ll be an asset regardless of where he lands.


Justin Upton

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the non-waiver trade deadline related to deals that weren’t made was the San Diego Padres. Despite having several players who would have been attractive to contending teams, San Diego decided to stand pat.

That included outfielder Justin Upton, who can walk this offseason with only a compensatory first-round pick coming back in return. One can only assume the Padres received interest in the 27-year-old All-Star, and according to baseball journalist Peter Gammons, they did.

The New York Mets reportedly offered the Padres pitching prospect Michael Fullmer in exchange for Upton, but they declined, which resulted in Fullmer being sent to the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes instead.

After opting against making any big moves ahead of the deadline, Padres general manager A.J. Preller explained his line of thinking, per Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press (h/t the San Jose Mercury News):

We’ve got a lot of players that are attractive to clubs and we were working through all different scenarios to add to the club and other scenarios. Teams were asking about our guys, but ultimately we didn’t feel like we got to the value that we needed to get to. If we got to those values I think we probably would have made other trades, but I think the fact that the team has played better, that made it a little easier to kind of stay pat and add a guy and go from there.

Upton is hitting just .248 this season, but with 18 home runs and 57 RBI, he is the type of run producer who could make a big difference in the middle of a contender’s lineup.

The Padres still have an opportunity to make a deal involving Upton; however, it could be difficult with the waiver element since multiple teams figure to have interest in him.

San Diego seems at peace with losing Upton for a first-round pick, but his name will continue to be worth watching until Aug. 31 comes and goes.


Kyle Lohse

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse entered the 2015 season having strung together four solid campaigns in a row, but he has struggled mightily this year.

The 36-year-old veteran is 5-13 with a bloated 6.31 ERA for the Brew Crew, which prompted Milwaukee to move him to the bullpen. He was also placed on waivers in hopes of a team claiming him, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Assuming nobody does, Lohse seems to believe the Brewers will attempt to trade him, per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy:

Lohse signed with the Brewers after posting a career-best season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 that saw him go 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA. He followed that up with a 3.35 ERA and 3.54 ERA in 2013 and 2014, respectively, but he has suddenly fallen off the proverbial cliff after proving himself to be a strong, middle-of-the-rotation starter.

It is possible that Lohse has reached the end of the line at 36 years of age, but it is important to remember he had a 6.55 ERA in 2010 before bouncing back to have four excellent seasons in a row.

Since Lohse will be a free agent after this season, a team won’t have to make a sizable or long-term financial commitment to him if it decides to strike a deal.

Even so, considering how poorly Lohse has been pitching this year, it is tough to imagine an organization making a move to acquire him.


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Offseason Moves Texas Rangers Should Have Made Going into 2013

The offseason that followed the 2012 season could have cured some of the problems the Texas Rangers have faced since the start of the 2013 campaign.

The club in Arlington seemed to be a front-runner to sign almost every high-profile free agent that winter, but nothing happened. More housekeeping was done—buying players they needed rather than wanted. For example, signing A.J. Pierzynski was arguably the best move the organization made that offseason, solidifying the weakest position on the team.

Looking back, the Rangers surely could have opened up the checkbook and now be in a different situation than they are. It is easy to speculate about what could have been at this point in time, but one can’t help but wonder if Texas would have closed on some of today’s premier players.

There are a few big names, in particular, that could have changed the course of the team’s recent struggles with pitching and injuries.

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Cardinals Reveal True Feelings on Lohse Through Extension of Wainwright

You don’t win 11 World Series championships by stumbling upon them blindly. The St. Louis Cardinals, with the second-most World Series titles in the history of baseball, have almost always been a shrewdly run organization.

Throughout their history, the Cardinals have consistently managed player evaluation, player development and the team’s payroll with world-class precision.

It’s for this reason that the Cardinals’ recent signing of Adam Wainwright, as reported by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, is such an interesting topic. Especially on the heels of their decision not to pursue Kyle Lohse, who, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, was recently signed by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Although Lohse, at the age of 34, is a few years older than the 31-year-old Wainwright, there seemed to be more at work in the Cardinals’ evaluation of these two players than just the wear on their respective arms.

Lohse had one the best years in his career last season, ending play with a 16-3 record and a 2.86 ERA. Wainwright, on the other hand, went 14-13 in 2012 with a 3.94 ERA.

Based on their new contracts, Lohse will earn around $11 million per year, while Wainwright’s extension is for significantly more at approximately $19.5 million per year. Lohse is signed through the age of 37 in Milwaukee, while Wainwright will be a Cardinal through the age of 38.  

The recent signing of Wainwright must have left Kyle Lohse feeling mighty underappreciated. Given that he will pitch more than a few times against his old team in the coming years, it’s not difficult to imagine that he might draw some extra motivation when his turn comes up against the Red Birds. This is just the type of situation that may help the Brewers get the most out of the pitcher’s contract.

Before missing the 2011 season due to injury, Wainwright was as dominant a pitcher as there was in the league. From 2009 to 2010, he amassed a 39-19 record with an average ERA of 2.53. However, when Wainwright returned to the team in 2012, he looked downright average. 

Given their successful history, the benefit of the doubt must be given to the Cardinals’ management at this early stage of the two players’ new contracts. The Cardinals must have felt something unusually compelling about Wainwright given that they locked him up to a serious long-term contract up after such an unremarkable season.  

In the past, the Cardinals have been mostly lauded for their effective management of player development and contract strategy. In the case of Albert Pujols, a wildly popular figure in St. Louis, the Cardinals deftly negotiated the exit of both the player and his out-sized payday without too much collateral damage.  

The wisdom in the Cardinals’ approach with Pujols is one reason their approach with Wainwright seems so peculiar. At 31, Wainwright is almost exactly the same age as Pujols was when the Cardinals let the rubber hit the road toward Los Angeles.  

While the nearly $100 million for Wainwright is less than they would have invested in Pujols, Wainwright also has the added complication of coming off major injury. And given that he was already signed through the 2013 season, the team also had the luxury of continuing to evaluate his progress before laying down the big bucks.  

Despite these factors and Wainwright’s drop in production last season, the Cardinals still felt they were best served locking the pitcher up right now as opposed to somewhere down the road. The team will have to hope he can still tap into his former self and maintain that type of productivity for six more seasons.  

The Brewers, on the other hand, will merely have to hope that Kyle Lohse continues where he left off last year. And they will have considerably less risk in the event that that doesn’t occur.

Time and results will eventually reveal which team negotiated the better contract and ultimately partnered with the more productive player. For now, however, the Cardinals’ decision is the one that appears more suspect—a puzzling situation, given how they usually do things in St. Louis.  For the Brewers, their relatively economical signing of Lohse could be a positive sign of things to come.    

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Kyle Lohse Would Make Cleveland Indians Favorites in AL Central

With the start of spring training this weekend, there are still several free agents that haven’t signed with a team. One of the players who top the list of unsigned contributors is Kyle Lohse. Lohse is an excellent right-handed pitcher that has been on four different MLB teams throughout his 12-year professional career.

Lohse had one of his best seasons last year. In 2012, he went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 143 strikeouts. This was his second season where he remained healthy and put up double-digit wins for the Cardinals. But, the Cards decided that they would not re-sign Lohse in the offseason, which has put him in the free agent market.

The main problem with signing Lohse is that a team would have to give up a pick to make the addition. A team would have to give up their first round selection in the upcoming draft, except for the Cardinals. This has made teams question whether or not they would sign a 34-year old.

There is still a very good chance for Lohse to sign with a team before Opening Day. But certain teams haven’t seen the need in adding Lohse to the rotation. According to an NBC Sports article, the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers are both not interested in signing the California native. Other teams that have shown interest over the last few months include the Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres and Baltimore Orioles. But neither of those teams have made a substantial offer yet.

Lohse‘s best spot would be to land on the Indians because he would add another solid pitcher to the bottom of their rotation. The Tribe are weak towards their end of their starting five. They are hoping that young pitchers like Trevor Bauer or Carlos Carrasco fit into that spot and become successful this season. Adding Lohse would bring a veteran pitcher with a lot of wins under his belt and would give them more time to develop.

Also, the Indians would not need to give up a first round pick like the other teams interested. Their first round pick is protected. Next, they’ve given up their second round and competitive balance round picks for Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. This means that signing Lohse would make the Indians only lose their third round pick and add a strong arm in return.

Pitching was one of the major problems for the Tribe last season. Adding Lohse would give the Indians a much better rotation this season. They would get consistency and more wins with Lohse in the starting five. Also, it will help them contend with the other teams in the AL Central Division because of the experience that he brings to the table. The Indians need to add Lohse to give them a better shot at winning the division and making a possible run in the playoffs.       

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MLB Free Agency: Why Kyle Lohse Would Be a Perfect Fit for the Nationals

With Michael Bourn signing with Cleveland, starting pitcher Kyle Lohse is now the biggest name on the free-agent market.

St. Louis almost certainly won’t re-sign Lohse, who turned down the club’s $13.3 million qualifying offer this offseason. Lohse is seeking to cash in on a mega deal that the Cardinals couldn’t afford to give.

Lohse has been linked to the Washington Nationals, a perfect fit for the 34-year-old right-hander. 

The Nationals already invested a one-year, $13 million contract with veteran hurler Dan Haren and could pursue Lohse’s services, especially with the news of Gio Gonzalez possibly serving a hefty suspension for his reported involvement to the Biogenesis Clinic in Miami. 

With Gonzalez waiting it out, the probability of Washington reaching out to Lohse is high, and the move makes perfect sense.

The Nationals are in need of another reliable arm in their rotation that already features Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Ross Detwiler and Haren.

Lohse is coming off a season that saw him rack up a record of 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts for the Cardinals. He also had the sixth-best WHIP in baseball, at 1.09.

According to The Washington Post, another key to this potential pairing is Lohse’s agent, Scott Boras, with whom the Nationals have a solid relationship.

What’s forced teams to turn away from Lohse is the compensation the Cardinals would receive.

Due to the rules in the new draft-pick compensation agreement, the Cardinals would receive a compensatory draft pick if another team were to sign him.

Lohse symbolizes the skill set of a sturdy pitcher, relying on his sinking fastball for ultimate command and precise placement of his pitches. Lohse averaged 14.82 pitches per inning last season with the Cardinals, eighth-best in all of baseball. Additionally, over 40 percent of Lohse’s pitches in 2012 were ground balls, compared to 35.6 percent of his pitches being hit in the air.

Sure, Lohse would be a costly addition for Washington, especially with Bourn off the market, but the Nationals need effective starting pitching.

Lohse could certainly fill a potential void left by Gonzalez if he has to serve a suspension and could rack up a decent amount of wins in the process. 

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MLB Free Agency: Latest Talks on Top Players Still Available

Although spring training is just under way, there are still a number of quality free agents available who could have a big impact with a team.

The latest news yesterday was the huge contract that Michael Bourn signed with the Cleveland Indians. Bourn is one of the most dangerous leadoff hitters in baseball, and in spite of a relatively down year for him, he still hit .274 with 42 stolen bases. Bourn was perhaps the top free agent still available, and his signature arguably turns the Indians into serious contenders for their division.

Even with the signing of Bourn, there are many talented players still unsigned, primarily with pitching.

Here are the latest talks on a few of the top players: 

Kyle Lohse

Lohse had an incredible 2012 season with the St. Louis Cardinals, going 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA, 109 WHIP and 211.0 innings pitched.

Lohse turned down the Cardinals’ qualifying offer of $13.3 million to become a free agent.

However, as recently as early January, Lohse had not received a single offer from a team. But he is still far and away the best free agent available, and one of the top pitchers in this league.

The lack of an offer is, in large part, because a team that signs him would lose a valuable first-round draft pick to the Cardinals.  Lohse is in amazing form, but at 34 he cannot be expected to pitch this well for much longer. He is also a Scott Boras client and he will want Lohse to command top-dollar.



There were recent soft rumors of the Boston Red Sox making a move,  but according to a major league source, that is highly unlikely.

One team that remains an option is the division rival Milwaukee Brewers.  GM Doug Melvin stated recently that there is a chance the Brewers could pursue Lohse, and the loss of their first-round pick (No. 17) is not as big a deal for them as it is for other teams. 

The most intriguing destination is the Washington Nationals.

One of the names included in the highly publicized Biogenesis PED records was ace pitcher, Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez Tweeted in response to his inclusion, strongly denying any association whatsoever.

But if found guilty, he could face a 50-game suspension, and the Nationals would need to quickly replace their ace and the player who finished third in the Cy Young voting.

Enter Lohse.

The Nationals were linked to Lohse soon after the recent allegations. Even more, the team already forfeited its first-round pick to sign Rafael Soriano. They are already serious contenders, and the addition of Lohse would only add to that recognition.

But nothing will happen with the Nationals until the allegations with Gonzalez get resolved.


As it stands, the first-round compensation is the biggest obstacle for Lohse, much like it was with Bourn.

The Nationals and Brewers seem the most likely landing spots, but a team could certainly swoop in unexpectedly and sign him, just as the Indians did with Bourn. 

Jose Valverde

The normally dependable Valverde, who will turn 35 this season, finished 2012 with 35 saves and a 3.78 ERA for the Detroit Tigers.

Valverde had a solid year on paper but completely imploded during the playoffs and was eventually replaced as the closer by Phil Coke. He is seen as a player on the decline.

The market has been quiet for Valverde, until ESPNDeportes.com falsely reported that Valverde agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Marlins. 

However, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the report was shot down by the Marlins. The Marlins would be wise not to sign Valverde, as they are rebuilding and also have a good closer in Steve Cishek, who had 15 saves, a 2.69 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 63.2 innings.


The false rumor, according to Spencer, was actually agent Scott Boras garnering attention for Valverde and trying to create a market that isn’t there. Boras rarely has done business with the Marlins.

The most likely option for him is the New York Mets.

If signed, Valverde would likely replace Frank Francisco as the closer, who struggled all last season with injuries and inconsistency. 

Valverde is also on their radar, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. He reports that a deal with the Mets would likely be similar to the one they gave Shaun Marcum this offseason, which was a one-year deal worth $4 million plus incentives. According to Spencer’s Miami Herald article, Boras is demanding about $4 million to $7 million for Valverde.

Valverde has not played himself into an enviable role, as he pitched terribly down the stretch last season. Although the Marlins rumors seem to be very false, Valverde does appear to have a good shot at being signed by the Mets.

They could very much use the bullpen help, but it is worth noting that the Mets rumor was published before the recent signing of Brandon Lyon.


Francisco Rodriguez

Rodriguez, who turned 31 in January, had a somewhat down year.

He finished 2012 with a 4.38 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 72.0 innings with the Milwaukee Brewers. But Rodriguez also recorded 31 walks and only three saves in 10 save opportunities.

His final record was 2-7. 

The market for Rodriguez has also been quiet due to a domestic abuse charge filed by his girlfriend in early November.

It is his second domestic violence arrest, but in this case no one appeared to testify against him, the charges were eventually dropped, and the girlfriend admitted Rodriguez did not cause the injuries.

Despite the dropped charges, Rodriguez has not been too hotly pursued.

Almost a month ago, a rumor went around that the Toronto Blue Jays were seeking a late-inning reliever and Rodriguez’s name was included. Jon Heyman of CBSSports Tweeted of the Blue Jays’ interest. The New York Mets are rumored to be interested in a potential reunion. Rodriguez had a successful two-plus seasons with the Mets before being traded, but Valverde seems the more serious candidate for the Mets.

K-Rod is also another Scott Boras client, and Boras will try to command as much money as possible.

The Mets have signed a flurry of cheap, low-risk relievers recently. Right now the market is quiet for K-Rod, but the Mets seem the most viable option of any teams.

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Kyle Lohse: Rangers Must Solidify Rotation with Star Pitcher

In order to keep up in the competitive AL West, the Texas Rangers must sign Kyle Lohse to solidify their rotation. 

Lohse entered free agency as one of the best pitchers on the market, but his age and the draft-pick compensation attached to him have kept him from finding a new home.

The team that signs Lohse will be forced to surrender their first-round draft pick, which is a high price to pay for a short-term deal for a 34-year old pitcher. 

The Rangers are primed to win now with their explosive offense, so signing Lohse could be viewed as an insurance signing if Martin Perez or Robbie Ross struggle in Spring Training. 

Every game matters in the AL West, which is something Rangers fans learned last season, so it’s imperative for Texas to have five competent starters and to have pitching depth. 

The Rangers must pay the piper and surrender the pick in order to sign Lohse. With Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando locked into the Rangers first four rotation slots, Lohse would step in and be the team’s fifth starter. 

While it would take time for Lohse to get used to playing in a hitter’s ballpark, his command would allow him to adapt to the Ballpark in Arlington. 

In 2012, Lohse posted a great record of 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and allowed only 38 walks in 211 innings. One of Lohse‘s greatest attributes is that he keeps the ball in play and doesn’t award free bases via walks or subpar pitches. 

If Lohse signed with the Rangers, his numbers would take a spike due to playing in the American League which utilizes designated hitters but that would be an expectation for any pitcher changing leagues. 

If the Rangers do sign Lohse, expect it to be a one-year deal for between $13-15 million. By signing him to a short-term deal, the Rangers would be minimizing the risk of signing an older pitcher. 

Considering that their payroll is down from last season, the Rangers front office must pull the trigger on Lohse to solidify their rotation. 

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The Most Intriguing Storylines Remaining for the MLB Offseason

As of now, the bulk of the MLB offseason activity is complete. The majority of the major free agents have signed. And if a blockbuster trade was going to take place, chances are it would have happened by now.

Five weeks remain between now and some of the most optimistic words in baseball:

“Pitchers and catchers report.”

Before then, there are some things that still need to sort themselves out. While most of the MLB offseason is over, these storylines still need some sort of resolution.

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