Veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse has agreed to terms on a three-year, $33 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, sources said Monday morning. Lohse was scheduled to undergo a physical Monday in the Phoenix area.
A 16-game winner for the St. Louis Cardinals last season, Lohse had his free agency bogged down by new rules governing draft-pick compensation. With the signing, the Brewers lose the 17th overall pick in the upcoming draft. The Cardinals gain the 28th overall pick. In November, Lohse declined the Cardinals’ one-year, $13.3-million qualifying offer.
Those details aside, the pitching-poor Brewers have added one of the better available pitchers at what likely will be well below market value. Lohse will slot into the Brewers’ rotation with Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta.
The Texas Rangers, among others, also had interest in Lohse, who was 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts for the Cardinals. He was 30-11 over the past two seasons.
While waiting out his free agency, Lohse has missed all but a week of spring training. He has been pitching, however. He threw 80- and 90-pitch simulated games last week. When Lohse would be ready to pitch in a regular-season game is unknown.
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