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.
The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins. Craig Mish of Sirius XM was the first to report that the deal was done. Ozuna still has to take a physical.
There is no report yet about what the Cards had to give up to get Ozuna, but given that the Cards and Marlins put a deal together for Giancarlo Stanton, the sides certainly have discussed various Cards prospects recently.
Ozuna fills a major need for the Cardinals, who had serious weaknesses in the middle of the order in 2017. Last year their number three hitters hit a combined .246/.338/.425 and their cleanup hitters hit 270/.350/.444. Ozuna, 27, had a fantastic offensive year in 2017, hitting .312/.376/.548 with 37 home runs and 124 RBI in 159 games.
Ozuna made $3.5 million this past season and is due for arbitration this offseason. He is under contractual control through 2019.