Breaking News – The Milwaukee Brewers and free agent starting pitcher Kyle Lohse has come to terms on a three-year, $33 million deal. Signing the contract after passing a physical, Lohse joined a Milwaukee club that was wavering on the thought of having to give up a first-round draft pick as compensation to their rival St. Louis Cardinals.
Contractual terms are as follows: Lohse will make $11 million in 2013, $4 million that will be paid this year and another $7 million that will be paid between 2016-2018. In his final two seasons in 2014 and 2015 the veteran starting pitcher will pull in $11 million annually.
Between the first-round compensation and the $33 million, Lohse will see extremely high expectations from Brewers fans.
MLB Impact – Lohse switches teams in the NL Central, going from the Cardinals to the Brewers. The 35-year old journeyman pitcher who was considered mediocre at best for his first several seasons had found his groove the past two years in St. Louis. Starting 63 games in the two-year span, Lohse put up earned run average numbers of 3.39 (2011) and 2.86 (2012) while winning a combined 30 games and averaging nearly 200 innings pitched per season.
Lohse’s signing means that one of the starting pitchers heading north with the Brewers will eventually find their way into either the bullpen or the minor leagues. With both Wily Peralta and Mike Fiers having minor league options left, they would be the likely candidates to be sent down.
Fantasy Spin – Lohse struck out only 143 batters last year and yet that was by far his best performance in his twelve-year career. And with his career earned run average sitting at a very mediocre 4.45, it is very hard to believe that he has a third-straight stellar year inside of his aging body.
Draft him as a low-end starting pitching option if you have the roster space, but remember that he probably won’t be a contributor of any solid meaning statistically for a few weeks minimum.
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