There's a lot of speculation that Cardinals righthander Kyle Lohse will end up with the Dodgers who are flush with cash and in need of pitching.
But if Lohse lands with Los Angeles, it apparently will be because Plan A didn't work.
According to ESPN, the Dodgers are infatuated with Tampa Bay pitcher James Shields and hope to work out a trade with the Rays to ship him out west.
Shields, 30, is 87-73 with a 3.89 ERA in his career, is set to make $13 million in 2013 with the Rays. There has been speculation since before the trade deadline that Tampa Bay would like to shed Shields' salary in favor of more affordable players.
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Lohse, who just completed a four-year, $41-million contract with the Cardinals, is said to be looking for a new four or five-year contract at about $15 million per season. Lohse was 18-3 for the Cardinals in 2012.
Another former St. Louis hurler is said to be on the trading block.
According to reports from Los Angeles, Dan Haren is being shopped by the Angels along with rotation mate Ervin Santana.
Haren, who was traded by the Cardinals to Oakland for Mark Mulder in 2005, was shipped to Arizona and then Anaheim in trade. I'd love to see him in a St. Louis uniform again. But Haren has an option that will pay him $15 million in 2013.