Kyle Lohse would block Cardinals’ attempt to trade him

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There have been several reports that the Cardinals are looking to trade Kyle Lohse, presumably to open up a rotation spot for Mark Buehrle, but one potential stumbling block is that Lohse has a full no-trade clause.

And according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch he would use it to block a trade. Or at least that’s Lohse’s current stance.

Goold reports that the Cardinals have yet to actually approach Lohse about a potential move, so it’s possible his position could change depending on the situation.

Lohse will be paid $12 million in the final season of a four-year, $41 million deal and the 33-year-old right-hander logged 188 innings with a 3.39 ERA and 111/42 K/BB ratio in 2011, so he’d be an upgrade in plenty of rotations.