Rangers were never close to signing Kyle Lohse

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Prior to signing with the Brewers a week before the season started Kyle Lohse was often linked to the Rangers by various reports, but Texas general manager Jon Daniels downplayed the team’s interest.

Daniels told Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Dallas that the two sides were “not close” to ever reaching an agreement because “he had offers above what we would have considered, so we never made a proposal.”

Lohse ended up getting a three-year, $33 million deal from the Brewers, so it’s easy to understand why the Rangers didn’t want to top that price and forfeit a draft pick for a 34-year-old.

Also of note: Daniels indicated that there was some talk of asking MLB about a potential sign-and-trade deal, but it ultimately didn’t go very far because Lohse had enough interest from teams willing to lose a draft pick.

Lohse is off to a good start in Milwaukee with a 3.16 ERA and 24/3 K/BB ratio in 37 innings.

Video: Ian Kinsler homers in WBC final, rounds bases solemnly

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Ian Kinsler found himself in hot water on Wednesday evening when he criticized the way players from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic play baseball. It is his hope that kids watching the World Baseball Classic decide to emulate the emotionless way players from the U.S. play baseball as opposed to the exciting, cheerful way players from other countries tend to play the game.

Needless to say, Kinsler’s comments didn’t sit well with many people, but he has the most recent laugh. Kinsler broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third inning of Wednesday night’s WBC final against Puerto Rico, slugging a two-run home run to left-center field at Dodger Stadium off of Seth Lugo.

Kinsler, of course, rounded the bases solemnly which is sure to highlight just how cool and exciting the game of baseball is to international viewers.

Jered Weaver dealing with “dead arm”

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Padres starter Jered Weaver lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday afternoon’s Cactus League appearance against the Royals. He yielded four runs on three hits, throwing 31 pitches before getting pulled. His spring ERA now sits at an ugly 10.13.

Weaver said he’s been dealing with a “dead arm” since his last bullpen session, but added he’s dealt with the issue in previous springs, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The Padres signed Weaver to a one-year, $3 million contract last month. The right-hander is coming off of the worst season of his 11-year career. His fastball averaged a career-low 83 MPH and he put up a 5.06 ERA with a 103/51 K/BB ratio in 178 innings.