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January 4, 2013

Rumor Mill: Lohse has no offers

Former Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse told NBC Radio that he hasn't received a single contract offer despite a stellar 2012 season with St. Louis. And he blames his odd situation on the fact that any team that signs him would have to surrender a high draft choice to St. Louis to ink him.

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Former Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse told NBC Radio that he hasn't received a single contract offer despite a stellar 2012 season with St. Louis.

And he blames his odd situation on the fact that any team that signs him would have to surrender a high draft choice to St. Louis to ink him.

Loshe was 16-3 with a 3.82 ERA last season for the Cardinals and he compiled a 30-11 record with a 3.11 ERA over the last two seasons after recovering from a forearm problem that hindered his performance in 2009 and 2010.

While many Cardinals fans -- including this one -- wouldn't mind at all seeing him fall back to St. Louis on a short-term deal, Lohse doesn't seem optimistic of that happening. He told NBC that he hasn't heard from the Cardinals since right after the end of the season.

The Redbirds gave Lohse a tender offer which would have guaranteed him $13.3 million for one year if he accepted. But the righty opted to hit the open market with visions of a four-year contract at a higher annual salary -- hopefully with a West Coast team -- in his head. I bet that offer looks pretty good right now.

The only team currently rumored to be interested in Lohse is Seattle, which meets the West Coast wish. But it doesn't give him much of a shot to be competitive vying with the high dollar Angels and Rangers and the upstart Athletics for a playoff spot.

While, according to baseball-reference.com, Lohse has earned more than $56.4 million over his career the $13.3 total would have easily been the pitcher's highest annual salary. So it wouldn't have been that big of a pill for him to accept the short term.

If the Cardinals did come calling, it seems certain that he would be offered substantially less. While the Birds are said to have a little bit of wiggle room, they probably don't have $12 million plus laying around.

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Scott Wuerz has reported for the Belleville News-Democrat since 1998​. He writes about the St. Louis Cardinals from a fan's perspective in his Cheap Seats blog.

Contact him at swuerz@bnd.com.

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