Things aren't getting better for Kyle Lohse

Posted by Scott Wuerz on January 25, 2013 

Things continue to look not so good for Cardinals free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse who still has no contract with only about two weeks left before pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

The two teams which were thought to be most likely to try to sign Lohse, Baltimore and Texas, both seem like they're out of the starting pitching market.

The Orioles on Thursday announced that they have signed former Atlanta starter Jair Jurrjens, a 27-year-old righty who was pretty good before a terrible 2012 season that caused him to be non-tendered. Manwhile the Rangers told mlb.com that they are essentially finished with their roster for the 2013 season. If they make any more additions, Texas leaders say they they will be limited to low cost bench help and a possible competitor for the fifth spot of the rotation.

Lohse, who completed a four-year, $41-million contract with the Cardinals at the end of the last season, is believed to be seeking an even larger deal this time through free agency. He has complained that teams have refused to sign him because of MLB rules that require the team that adds him to its roster to give the Redbirds a high draft pick as compensation.

The Cardinals linked Lohse to draft pick compensation when they tendered him a contract offer of $13.3 million for the 2013 season. Lohse turned it down because he expected a multi-year contract. Now it looks like he'll be lucky to equal the tender offer.

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