Kyle Lohse has been here before ... sort of
Kyle Lohse is still a free agent, with pitchers and catchers reporting to camp for some teams Sunday. Oddly enough, this isn't the first time Lohse has been in this situation.
|Still-jobless Lohse has been in this spot before, sort of. (US Presswire)|
Sunday is Feb. 10. In looking at the pitchers and catchers report dates for camp this spring, one might notice that the Red Sox, Cubs, Indians and Rockies have a pitchers-and-catchers report date of Feb. 10. So, yes, Sunday will officially mark the end of the offseason and the beginning of spring training.
And free-agent starting pitcher Kyle Lohse still hasn't signed with anyone. He is 34 years old and coming off a season in which he went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. He finished seventh in NL Cy Young voting.
After turning down a qualifying offer of $13.3 million from the Cardinals in order to become a free agent, he's still without a job.
The funny thing is, last time Lohse was a free agent he entered camp jobless as well. After the 2007 season, Lohse became a free agent and went into mid-March without a job. That season, Lohse didn't sign until March 13, when he got his deal with the Cardinals.
Now, there's a difference in the two scenarios. At that point, Lohse was coming off a season in which he went 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He was 63-74 with a 4.82 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in his career at that point. Under the circumstances, it wasn't entirely shocking -- even if a little surprising -- for him to enter spring jobless.
Since then, though, Lohse has gone 55-35 with a 3.90 ERA and, again, is coming off a career year. In the past two seasons, he's 30-11 with a 3.11 ERA (122 ERA-plus) and 1.13 WHIP with just about 200 innings per season (399 1/3 total). He's obviously older, though not ancient and doesn't have any lingering injury issues or questions about his attitude.
So, yes, this time around I do consider it shocking Lohse still hasn't been signed. But, coincidentally enough, he has been here before. Sort of.
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