Kyle Lohse rumors: Free agent ‘almost certain’ to sign soon

It remains unclear where free agent Kyle Lohse is going to end up this offseason, but sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the right-hander “is almost certain to sign with a team soon.”

Rosenthal offers this news, but doesn’t include information on Lohse’s potential contract or where he might sign. He’s been tied to multiple teams this offseason, including the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Baltimore Orioles, and it’s no clearer now then it was at the start of the winter where he’ll ultimately land.

None of the teams connected to Lohse appear to be seriously interested in the veteran. All have expressed concerns over his asking price and/or the required draft pick compensation he carries with him. Others just flat out don’t have a need, or at least not enough of a need to shell out the money Lohse is seeking.

Lohse seemingly did everything that was required of him last season as he prepared for free agency. He started 33 games and accumulated more than 200 innings pitched. Over the 211 frames he logged, the right-hander maintained an ERA of 2.86 with a 3.76 strikeout-to-walk ratio. All this did was garner him NL Cy Young Award consideration.

Still, it appears that his asking price, the draft pick compensation or most likely some combination of the two has caused him to remain on the open market. It’s unclear where he’ll land, but apparently Lohse will sign soon. Your guess is as good as mine.

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