Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Brewers starter Kyle Lohse is now Brewers’ reliever Kyle Lohse:
We’ve seen this coming for a good while. Lohse is 5-13 with a 6.31 ERA in the final year of his $33 million deal. Time to see what someone else, who may actually be around next year, has to offer.
Brewers starter Kyle Lohse struggled again on Sunday against the Cubs, yielding four runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. The Cubs scored once each in four of his five innings. He gave up nine hits overall while walking one and striking out three in the loss.
Lohse leads the majors with 13 losses while sporting an awful 6.31 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP and an 86/30 K/BB ratio in 124 innings. As Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports, manager Craig Counsell says Lohse’s rotation spot will be discussed. Haudricourt suggests it may have been Lohse’s last start for the Brewers.
Lohse, 36, put together four solid seasons in a row between 2011-14, split between the Cardinals and Brewers. Though he’s posting similar strikeout and walk rates as in similar years, batters are making much better contact with his pitches, as he’s allowed a .311 BABIP along with 24 home runs. If Lohse is allowed to continue pitching, he will likely surpass his career-high in home runs allowed in a season at 28.
It was reported over the weekend that the Dodgers and Cubs were among the teams with interest in a trade for Mets left-hander Jon Niese. While the southpaw is a logical target for both teams, a match with the Dodgers isn’t considered imminent:
Nothing too surprising here, as teams are likely still in the early stages of evaluating the starting pitcher market. Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir are among the big names that could be dealt, so Niese falls into the secondary category with the likes of Mike Leake, Matt Garza, Kyle Lohse, Mat Latos, and Dan Haren. With questions in the back-end of their rotation, the Dodgers will be active.
Niese has posted a 4.12 ERA and 58/27 K/BB ratio in 83 innings across 14 starts this season. The Mets have gone back to a six-man rotation to make room for prospect Steven Matz, but a trade involving Niese could change that dynamic. The 28-year-old is making a $7 million salary this season and $9 million in 2016. His contract includes a $10 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2017 and an $11 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2018.