It’s now been one week since Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote that Kyle Lohse “is almost certain to sign with a team soon” and he remains unsigned.
MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reported yesterday that the Rangers “have not changed their position on their lack of interest” in Lohse and the Yankees still aren’t in the mix either, with Joel Sherman of the New York Post writing that general manager Brian Cashman “reiterated yesterday he has no interest.”
Cashman was asked about Lohse because Phil Hughes is out for at least two weeks with a bulging disk in his back. Lohse is the last of the unsigned free agents with draft pick compensation attached and agent Scott Boras got bigger-than-expected deals for Rafael Soriano and Michael Bourn, but more or less the only reports about Lohse all offseason have involved teams saying they aren’t interested.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.