April 18, 2014

MLB News: Kyle Lohse to Milwaukee Brewers

CBS’ Sports Jon Heyman is reporting today that free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse will be signing with the Milwaukee Brewers-

Lohse was the prize of the free agents left, but signing the veteran starter would have cost a team their first round pick. The Brewers will forfeit the #17 selection in the upcoming MLB draft by signing Lohse.

The Indians were believed to be in on Lohse early in free agency, but changed directions presumably after signing Swisher and Bourne. They opted to give Scott Kazmir and Dice-K looks instead. Kazmir appears to have won a spot in the rotation this spring.

[Related: Four stat lines to watch on the 2013 Indians]

MLB Rumors: Where will Kyle Lohse land?

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?

[Related: My limited view from Goodyear]

The Indians’ offseason hunt for a veteran starting pitcher

The Scott Kazmir signing was nice and all, but it’s not going to be it for the Cleveland Indians in the starting pitching market. All offseason, the Tribe’s front office has expressed its desire to sign one more free agent starter: a veteran that could provide some more depth to the rotation.

Entering 2013, the starters for the Tribe are Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez, then likely Zach McAllister and Trevor Bauer. As I broke down last week following the Bauer-Shin Soo Choo trade, there are no other immediate options in Columbus or elsewhere. Indians fans would simply see the usual revolving door at No. 5 should no other pitcher join the fold: a la Jeanmar Gomez, Carlos Carrasco, et al.

So what’s left on the market for the Indians? Reportedly, Cleveland was on the short list of suitors for RHP Edwin Jackson, who signed a 4-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs earlier this week. But with the New Year approaching, the list is shrinking quickly. [Read more...]

Box Score: Cardinals 2, Indians 0

The Indians suffered their first shutout of the season at the hands of Kyle Lohse and the St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon. In notching his sixth win of the season, Lohse pitched 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out four. Justin Masterson pitched well for the Tribe, but was the hard luck loser due to the solo homer in the third inning by Carlos Beltran that was all the Cards needed, adding an insurance run in the eighth off Jeremy Accardo. The Tribe sends Ubaldo Jimenez to the bump tomorrow afternoon against right-hander Joe Kelly.

Scoring Summary
Bot 3rd: St. Louis
- C. Beltran homered to deep center
Bot 8th: St. Louis
- R. Furcal hit sacrifice fly to center, S. Robinson scored
 Cleveland
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
S. Choo rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269
A. Cabrera ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .297
J. Kipnis 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .277
C. Santana c 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .229
M. Brantley cf 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .288
J. Damon lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .182
C. Kotchman 1b 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 .219
L. Chisenhall 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .212
J. Masterson p 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
    S. Duncan ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .198
    J. Accardo p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
 Totals 30 0 3 0 0 2 4 0 9
 Batting
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - C Kotchman 1, L Chisenhall 1.
Team LOB - 5.
 Base Running
CS - A Cabrera (3, 2nd base by M Rzepczynski/Y Molina).
 St. Louis
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
R. Furcal ss 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 .308
C. Beltran rf 4 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .284
Y. Molina c 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .337
A. Craig lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 .361
M. Adams 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .271
D. Freese 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .261
D. Descalso 2b 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .229
S. Robinson cf 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .277
K. Lohse p 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .083
    M. Rzepczynski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    A. Chambers ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
    J. Motte p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
 Totals 28 2 7 2 1 1 6 0 6
 Batting
2B - C Beltran (7, J Accardo); D Descalso (3, J Masterson); S Robinson (5, J Accardo).
HR - C Beltran (17, 3rd inning off J Masterson 0 on, 2 Out).
S - A Chambers.
SF - R Furcal.
RBI - R Furcal (29), C Beltran (45).
2-out RBI - C Beltran.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - A Craig 2, S Robinson 1.
Team LOB - 5.
 Base Running
CS - Y Molina (1, 2nd base by J Masterson/C Santana).
 Fielding
E - D Freese (4, field).
 Cleveland
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Masterson (L, 2-6) 7.0 5 1 1 0 6 1 1.44 4.76
J. Accardo 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 1.11 2.13
 St. Louis
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
K. Lohse (W, 6-1) 7.2 3 0 0 2 4 0 1.09 2.90
M. Rzepczynski (H, 7) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.20 4.98
J. Motte (S, 11) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.94 2.81
IBB - Y Molina (by J Accardo).
Pitches-strikes - J Masterson 89-64; J Accardo 15-9; K Lohse 105-66; M Rzepczynski 1-1; J Motte 18-12.
Ground balls-fly balls - J Masterson 9-5; J Accardo 0-1; K Lohse 13-6; M Rzepczynski 0-0; J Motte 1-2.
Batters faced - J Masterson 25; J Accardo 6; K Lohse 29; J Motte 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Mark Wegner. 1B–Wally Bell. 2B–Brian Knight. 3B–Mike Winters.
Weather: 89 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, out to left.