There is still one free agent on the market that could potentially add value to many starting staffs. Kyle Lohse posted a WAR of 3.6 last season for the Cardinals and has yet to sign a deal.
According to MLBTradeRumors.com, the teams most likely to be the landing spot for the Scott Boras client are-
“Looking at the field, I’d say that the Cardinals seem like the most logical candidate, with the Pirates, Orioles, Brewers, Indians, Padres, Angels, Rangers and (only because of the Boras factor) Nationals as longshots. You see Scott Boras’ problem — every team has at least one reason to not sign Lohse. That said, Boras is known for finding healthy contracts out of seemingly impossible markets for his clients. If a team loses confidence in its pitching situation during Spring Training or a top ace gets injured, Lohse’s long wait may pay off after all.”
Here is what they had to say about the Indians’ chances of bringing in Lohse-
“Indians: The Tribe aren’t interested, according to Buster Olney, but they make sense as a landing spot for Lohse. Cleveland’s rotation is still a weak point and since the Indians have already splurged by signing Bourn and Nick Swisher, you could argue they might as well spend some more to address their pitching. The Indians’ first round pick is protected, and they’ve already given up their second-round and competitive balance round (69th overall) picks for Bourn and Swisher, signing Lohse would only cost the Tribe a third-rounder. Sacrificing three draft picks may be a step too far for a smaller-market team like Cleveland, however.”
The Indians have many arms in camp, but the question for them isn’t about the fifth starter spot. It’s as much about starters number one through three as well. Can Justin Masterson bounce back to be a team ace? Can Brett Meyers make a successful transition back to a starting pitcher after coming out of the bullpen? Will the Indians ever fix Ubaldo Jimenez?
There may not be a lot more money in the free agent well, but at some point the 34 year old Lohse has to take what the market is willing to give him right?
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