Kyle Lohse rumors: Cardinals, Nationals, Indians

While the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals are not expected to be a fit for free agent Kyle Lohse, the Washington Nationals could attempt to sign the right-hander, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.

The Nationals await a ruling on left-hander Gio Gonzalez’s tie to Biogenesis. As a result of his connection, Gonzalez could face a 50-gameban from MLB.

In an effort to hedge against this loss, the Nationals could sign Lohse. Washington does have ties to Scott Boras clients, and they’ve made other unexpected moves – including the signings of Edwin Jackson last season and Rafael Soriano earlier this winter – to bolster depth in other areas considered strengths.

Still, the Nationals could turn their attention to a cheaper alternative such as Javier Vazquez, or enter the season with a young arm maintaining Gonzalez’s spot. They could also wait out the situation and find Gonzalez won’t be suspended at all.

The Cardinals began being tied to Lohse once again when it was announced that Chris Carpenter may miss the entire 2013 season due toinjury. However, St. Louis has internal candidates, including Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal, that can help fill in for Carpenter.

Following their signing of Michael Bourn, it was speculated that the Indians could also look to pursue Lohse for similar reasons. However, this isn’t expected, as Buster Olney of ESPN reports they won’t sign the free agent right-hander.

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2 Responses to Kyle Lohse rumors: Cardinals, Nationals, Indians

  1. Don't look to the Indians for a place for Lohse. We have the money to pay for him this year, but the following years we will not have that cash. As much as we need pitching, I really would be upset with a signing like that.

  2. Agreed. It may be tempting for the Indians to continue spending in an attempt to take the 2013 AL Central crown, but going beyond one or two years on Lohse probably isn't a fit for them.


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