There have been several reports that the Cardinals are looking to trade Kyle Lohse, presumably to open up a rotation spot for Mark Buehrle, but one potential stumbling block is that Lohse has a full no-trade clause.
And according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch he would use it to block a trade. Or at least that’s Lohse’s current stance.
Goold reports that the Cardinals have yet to actually approach Lohse about a potential move, so it’s possible his position could change depending on the situation.
Lohse will be paid $12 million in the final season of a four-year, $41 million deal and the 33-year-old right-hander logged 188 innings with a 3.39 ERA and 111/42 K/BB ratio in 2011, so he’d be an upgrade in plenty of rotations.
With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last week and has hit .290/.369/.432 in his five year career. That’s the kind of player and contract that could bring back a mess of prospects.
Except the Marlins, it seems, don’t want to do that. Multiple reports have come out in the last hour saying that the Marlins intend to hold on to Yelich and to build around him.
That could be a negotiating ploy, of course. They’ll no doubt listen to offers and, if the right one comes along, they’d certainly give strong consideration to trading him. A good deal is a good deal.
The only question, in light of the events of the last week, is whether the Marlins would know a good deal if they saw one.