Monday, March 25, 2013
Impact of Lohse to Brewers
By Jason Catania
The Milwaukee Brewers finally found a veteran starting pitcher to solidify their rotation, and free agent Kyle Lohse finally found a new home.
Nothing is official yet, but CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the two sides have agreed to a deal.
The terms, according to various sources including ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, are for $33 million over three years, pending a physical.
The 34-year-old Lohse, of course, had remained a free agent at such a late stage primarily because he it tied to draft-pick compensation after the St. Louis Cardinals gave him a qualifying offer. This means the Brewers will forfeit the No. 17 overall pick in June's draft, provided everything is finalized.
As long as Lohse is able to get up to speed quickly -- he's been keeping in shape over the winter and into spring training in hopes of landing a deal -- the right-hander should fit somewhere near the top of the Brewers rotation, probably right after ace Yovani Gallardo.
What happens at the back of the five-man, though, is now in question. Righties Marco Estrada and Mike Fiers will be in the third and fourth spots, but the No. 5 job will come down to one of rookies Mark Rogers and Wily Peralta or veteran Chris Narveson, the only lefty of the entire bunch.
The Texas Rangers had been linked to Lohse all offseason, even more so after rookie Martin Perez suffered a fractured forearm a few weeks ago, but they never seemed all that interested in obtaining the right-hander to solidify their five-man.