Kyle Lohse had a brutal 2015 with the Brewers, posting a 5.85 ERA and 1.46 WHIP across 152 1/3 innings, but he had a great four-year run from 2011-2014 and he could maybe possibly have a bounceback in him for the 2016 season — what will be his age-37 campaign.
The market has been quiet so far for Lohse, but teams should come calling as the free agent value heap gets chipped away at leading into the start of spring training.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Marlins are “exploring that possibility” — as in, signing Lohse to a one-year deal. Miami’s current starting rotation lines up as Jose Fernandez, Wei-Yin Chen, Jarred Cosart, Tom Koehler, and then presumably Edwin Jackson.
Jackson worked strictly as a reliever last year for the Braves and Cubs.
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: