Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers placed Kyle Lohse on waivers and then pulled him back when he was claimed, meaning they won’t be trading him.
Milwaukee likely asked a lot for Lohse, because a) he’s pitching well, b) he’s signed for two more seasons, and c) it cost the 17th overall pick in June’s draft to sign him this offseason.
Through one season of a three-year, $33 million deal Lohse has provided a good return on the Brewers’ investment, throwing 139 innings with a 3.23 ERA for his third straight season with a sub-3.50 ERA, although the decision to forfeit a top-20 pick to acquire a 34-year-old looks even iffier now that they’re 49-66.
Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.
If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.
In other news, the Rays announced a new blog: