40 MILLION FOR LOHSE?
Today the Cardinals are expected to announce the signing of Kyle Lohse to a 4-year, $40 million deal.
Let me start by giving major props to Dave Duncan and Tony LaRussa. They always find a way to take pitchers that are either injury-prone, underachievers or flat-out bums, and make them into something productive. And this has been going on since their days in Oakland. And so when I read a news item about a massive signing like Lohse, I do take that into consideration.
Lohse emerged from his Brett Tomko-like career to go 15-6 with a 3.78 ERA for STL this year. He made 33 starts and led the Cards with 200 innings. It was the second time in his 8-year career that Lohse has made it to 200 innings pitched.
With all the injury problems the Cards have had, Lohse seemed like a good pitcher to re-sign. But 4 years and 40 mill? Did they really think that he would get an offer like that on the open market? What does that mean for guys like Ryan Dempster and Jon Garland? How much will they get?