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Potential New Homes For Kyle Lohse

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Potential New Homes For Kyle Lohse

Posted on 13 February 2013 by Chris Caylor

Much has been written about free-agent starter Kyle Lohse remaining unsigned as pitchers and catchers report. Even Lohse’s former team, the St. Louis Cardinals, has shown no interest in bringing him back.


What gives?

The prevailing theory seems to be that teams do not want to surrender their first-round draft pick for a 34-year-old righty. An alternate theory is that Lohse’s agent, Scott Boras, grossly overestimated the interest level in his client, leaving him without a chair when the free-agent music stopped. Whatever the case, one has to think Lohse is anxious to sign with a team and get to spring training.

While Lohse is not an ace-caliber pitcher, he has compiled the best WHIP and HR/9 ratios of his career in the past two seasons. There has to be a market for that, no? Let’s take a look at some teams where Lohse would appear to be a good fit:

 Baltimore – after captivating the town with an expected run to Game 5 of the ALDS in 2012, some people expected the Orioles to make a big splash during the offseason. Instead, division rivals Toronto and Tampa Bay made dramatic changes to their rosters, while the Orioles chose to do some minor tinkering. Lohse would have made a much better (albeit more expensive) addition to Baltimore’s rotation than Jair Jurrjens.

 Texas – the Rangers missed out on Zack Greinke and still need to upgrade their pitching staff. With Colby Lewis not due back from elbow surgery until at least June and lefty Derek Holland coming off an inconsistent 2012, Lohse would be a reliable presence in the middle of the Rangers’ rotation. The only question is whether Lohse – not a power pitcher – would succeed in the Rangers’ hitter-friendly park.

 New York Mets – Had the Mets not been so reluctant to sacrifice their first-round pick (#11 overall), they could have had Michael Bourn patrolling center field. That being the case, it stands to reason that they would not part with that pick for Lohse either. Lohse, however, would be perfect fit for a team that has injury questions surrounding their top three starters (Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Shaun Marcum).

 San Diego – The Padres were one of the NL’s best teams during the 2012 season’s final weeks (no, seriously). Lohse would no doubt enjoy pitching in one of baseball’s most pitcher-friendly parks and would slot in nicely between hard-throwing Edinson Volquez and lefty Clayton Richard. Despite how well this move could work out for both sides, spending significant dollars for a free agent is not the Padres’ way.

 Cleveland – The Indians have already made several big moves this winter – what’s one more? Lohse would do more to solidify the Tribe’s rotation than their other free-agent acquisitions (Brett Myers and Daisuke “the Human Rain Delay” Matsuzaka). There’s still time. Maybe Lohse’s price will drop enough for the Indians to take the plunge.

 Milwaukee – Lohse would represent a major upgrade to a rotation that is paper-thin beyond Yovani Gallardo and Michael Fiers. The Brewers, however, look to be in cost-cutting mode again after fruitless postseason runs in 2009 and 2011, so this would be a surprise.

Of course, the way this offseason has gone, the Toronto Blue Jays are liable to swoop in and sign him. Or maybe the Fort Knox, er, Los Angeles Dodgers. ESPN even linked the Nationals to Lohse recently, which strikes me as a bit baffling. The only thing that seems certain is that he won’t be back with the Cardinals, thanks to their deep reserve of right-handed starters. As the Cardinals recently learned with Chris Carpenter, though, all it takes is one phone call to significantly change a team’s plans.

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Finding Keepers:San Francisco Giants

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Finding Keepers:San Francisco Giants

Posted on 26 March 2012 by Gary Marchese

The Giants won their first World Series in a long time in 2010.  They were looking at having a good season in 2011 and a chance to repeat.  They failed to even make the playoffs last year and are looking to bounce back this season.  They haven’t made too many dramatic changes since their World Title.  They basically have the same core of their team.  Here is a look at their team and some of the guys I would keep on my team if I was picking from their roster.

SP Tim Lincecum is a no brainer as a keeper.  He is one of the best in the game and he is a young pitcher that should keep on going for a long time.  He was 13-14 last year but had a 2.74 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  He is 69-41 in his career with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  Lincecum is one of the best in the game and it should stay that way for many years.

SP Matt Cain is another good young pitcher.  Matt Cain can become a free agent after this season so I would expect a huge year from him.  He was 12-11 with a 2.88 ERA last season.  He is 69-73 in his career with an ERA of 3.35 and a 1.20 WHIP.  I am not sure if Cain will be with the Giants or another team next year but he is a good pitcher who could thrive anywhere.

SP Madison Baumgarner is another good young pitcher that the Giants have on their team.  He was 13-13 last season with a 3.21 ERA.  He was 7-6 in 2010 with a 3.00 ERA.  He is 20-19 in his major league career with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He is one of the good young pitchers that they have.  The reason you see such records is because the offense of their team has really struggled but their pitching is tops in the league.

Closer Brian Wilson, fear the beard.  He is a good closer who had 36 saves last season, the year before he had 48.  He had 41 saves in 2008 and 38 in 2009.  He is a guy that gets  you 35+ saves a year.  He might not be my first choice for closer but if he was on my team I wouldn’t get rid of him too easily.

C Buster Posey is coming off an injury but he should be fine and ready to go.  Posey burst onto the scene in 2010.  He hit 305 with 18 homeruns and 67 RBI in 108 games.  He only played in 45 games last season before getting injured.  He was hitting 284 with four homeruns and 21 RBI at the time of his injury.  He should be a good catcher for many years to come and I wouldn’t want to give up a guy with his talent.

1B Brandon Belt came up last year as the top Giants prospect.  He only hit 225 but did have nine homeruns and 18 RBI in 187 at bats.  He also three bases.  He isn’t a guy I would want to get rid of just yet especially in a keeper league.  He should continue to get better and has the tools to be a very good major league player.

CF Melky Cabrera is a pretty good player.  I don’t know if I would keep him around as a starter but I like to have him on the bench.  I have always liked him as a player.  He has a 275 career average and has some pop and could steal some bases.  I think he is a very useful player.  He played last year in Kansas City and hit 305 with 18 homeruns and 87 RBI.

3B Pablo Sandoval, the Kung Fu Panda.  He is a good young player.  He had a down year two years ago but bounced back nicely last year.  He hit 315 with 23 homeruns and 70 RBI last year.  The year before he hit 268 with 13 homeruns and 63 RBI.  He is a power hitter who usually hits for a pretty high average as well.  I would like him as my third baseman if he was on my team.

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