Here's one of the most surprising names to pop up on the "available" list in the past 24 hours -- Kyle Lohse. Officials of two teams that spoke with the Cardinals report that they've been offering to deal Lohse if they can get back the right package.Back in March I suggested that signing Lohse as a free agent wouldn't have been a bad idea, well the Yankees passed him up and he's only having one of his best seasons. He is currently 12-3 with a 3.68 ERA, and a 1.27 WHIP. If the Yanks could acquire him and not give up too much I'm all for bringing him to the Bronx. He'd be a better option than either Rasner or Ponson.
The Cardinals have been looking for both a bat and a bullpen arm. And apparently, they concluded they didn't have the prospects to get both. They got Chris Carpenter back from the disabled list Wednesday, with Adam Wainwright a couple of weeks behind. And they have no assurance they can re-sign Lohse because he's a Scott Boras client.
So Lohse could dramatically alter the starting-pitching market Thursday if the Cardinals can find the right taker. Among the teams still looking for a starter: White Sox, Rockies and Yankees.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
From Jayson Stark: