Former St. Louis Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse, 34, finally found himself a new home while the Cardinals will finally get the first round draft pick they coveted when they gave Lohse a tender offer.
The pick will be the 28th in the first round of the June draft courtesy of Lohse's new club, the Milwaukee Brewers. The pitcher, who held out for a deal until one week before the regular season starts, will get $33 million over three years.
Although the pace this time was much more deliberate, the similarities to the Jeff Suppan deal are very similar. The division rival Brewers opened their pocketbook and overpaid for an aging, battle-hardened right handed hurler in his middle thirties.
Suppan went to Milwaukee, after four years in St. Louis during which he was 44-26 with a 3.95 ERA and got released before the end of his contract. He was 29-36 with a 5.08 ERA with the Brewers from 2007-
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Lohse enjoyed -- by far -- the best years of his career with a 55-35 record and a 3.90 ERA with St. Louis. He's 64-74 everywhere else -- which includes stops in Minnesota, Cincinnati and Philadelphia with a cumulative ERA of nearly a point higher.
While he'll get more "security" by signing the longer deal, it seems like Lohse might have been wise to take the Cardinals tender offer. He would have had $13.3 million in his pocket and would have come pretty close to the total of the two-year deal cash total if he would have taken a similar one-year deal in 2014. With the $41 million the Cardinals paid him over the last four years already in the bank, it would have been a risk he could have afforded to take.
Here's a snapshot of what a team can get with the 28th pick in the draft:
In 2005 the Cardinals drafted Colby Rasmus 28th. He was traded from Marc Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel, Edwin Jackson and Corey Patterson to help the Redbirds win the 2012 World Series.
In 2006 the Red Sox took pitcher Daniel Bard who has hurled three seasons in the big leagues. He's 10-19 with a 3.65 ERA.
In 2007, the Twins took speedy outfielder Ben Revere whom they traded in December to the Phillies for two players.