Sunday, January 27, 2013
(1/27/2013 07:22:00 PM) - Al
I asked whether there there was any scenario in which Kyle Lohse, who remains a free agent, fits the Brewers’ plan.
“There’s always a chance,” Attanasio said. “Again, it’s a function of size of contract, length of contract. Kyle had a phenomenal two seasons the last two seasons. We just have to see if that fits in our overall scheme.”
When asked whether the Brewers had been in contact with Lohse’s agent, Scott Boras, Attanasio said only that, “Doug is in the office every day … and is in touch with all the agents, all the general managers.”
Besides a financial commitment to Lohse, the Brewers would have to forefeit their first-round Draft pick (No. 17 overall) to the Cardinals, who made a qualifying offer to Lohse. That sounded like less of an impediment to Attanasio than the dollars.
“The draft pick compensation, I think you have to look at the whole picture,” Attanasio said. “We’ve given up picks before, and when we got CC [Sabathia] and we got Zack [Greinke], we gave up more than draft compensation — we gave up ready-to-go young players. This season, we’re mindful of the fact that if we do add some pieces, we may have to give up some young players.
“So, the draft pick compensation hasn’t been as big an item for us in looking at this as it’s been for other teams. We’ve got the No. 17 pick. We’ve done some good things with that level of pick, but I’m mindful that we drafted Ryan Braun No. 5 and Prince Fielder No. 7 and Rickie Weeks No. 2.”--MLB.com
Almost any team would happily sign Lohse for 1y/$10M. Considering Dempster got 2y/$26M, I can't imagine him ending up with less than that. I imagine some team will have a SP go down right away, and Kyle will end up with 3y/$40M, or more.
1/27/2013 07:22:00 PM