Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse is widely expected to be in for some massive offers when he hits the open market this winter and some agents and executives see him netting a C.J. Wilson-type deal in the $75MM range, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com (via Twitter). Cards General Manager John Mozeliak spoke to reporters about Lohse and more earlier today. Let's check out some highlights, courtesy of Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch..
- Mozeliak said that "it's hard to imagine finding a fit" for Lance Berkman on the roster in 2013. The veteran is considering retirement after undergoing knee surgery but says he may also like to hook on with a contender for next season.
- Former first-round pick Pete Kozma was considered for removal from the 40-man roster several times throughout the season, Goold writes. However, after starting the final 29 games of the regular season and all 13 playoff games, St. Louis won't face that same quandary this winter.
- The Cardinals will be looking for a new bullpen coach after notifying Dyar Miller that his contract won't be renewed for next season. All of the other coaches - including hitting coach Mark McGwire, pitching coach Derek Lilliquist, and third-base coach Jose Oquendo - will be offered the chance to return.