NL Central Notes: Pirates, Lohse, Reds

All five NL Central teams are in full-on offseason mode now that the Cardinals have been eliminated from the postseason. Here's the latest from what used to be baseball's only six-team division…

  • The Pirates have continued putting their prospects through Navy SEALS-style exercises at all hours, Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Outfield prospect Gregory Polanco told Kovacevic that he injured himself in an unconventional drill that included sprints through ice water and leaping into a sand pit. Team president Frank Coonelly stated his support for the Pirates' baseball operations staff in late September, after news of the unconventional training methods surfaced.
  • Kyle Lohse, a free agent this coming offseason, said he'd like to play for a winner, B.J. Rains of FOXSportsMidwest reports. The right-hander hasn't been in contact with the Cardinals about a new deal and is expected to sign elsewhere. "There are certain places I'd like to go and certain places I probably wouldn't," he said.
  • John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer looks at the Reds' 2013 payroll commitments and determines that if GM Walt Jocketty does anything big this offseason, it will likely be with a trade rather than a free agent signing.

21 Responses to NL Central Notes: Pirates, Lohse, Reds Leave a Reply

  1. LukeNalooshe 3 years ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates player development is the laughing stock of Baseball.

    • if they’re just going to put all of their players through SEALs training, they might as well sign soldiers. the soldiers might have a better time understanding fundamental baseball, too.

  2. odaboda 3 years ago

    Look at Lohse being selective … let’s see who selects him for a Gm 7 again.

  3. I guess Lohse has Toronto already crossed off his last.

  4. hectorcaro 3 years ago

    Lohse would be a perfect fit to be the #4 or #5 starter in the Nats rotation. With Strasburg, Gio, Zimmerman and Detwiler he would fill the spot perfectly!

  5. Gothapotamus 3 years ago

    Wait until a guy like Gerrit Cole sustains a career threatening injury with this non-sense.

    • Wainwrights_Curveball 3 years ago

      I like the idea behind what they are doing but you are right.

    • whiteAngus 3 years ago

      coach K has put his Blue Devils through practically the same thing, yet this is non sense? i guess coach K has no idea what it takes to win.
      just for the record, i dont think it really helps to do the SEAL training, but i honestly dont see how it hurts either.

      • goner 3 years ago

        I would argue that what works for one of the top college basketball teams in the country is very different from what might work for a collection of low-level minor league baseball players.

  6. Wainwrights_Curveball 3 years ago

    Let lohse walk.

    • guccci7383 3 years ago

      i will forever hate you for what u did to beltran in game 7 06

  7. Jay King 3 years ago

    A lot of Reds got pretty big raises this coming 2013 season. I can imagine there is about 5 to 10 million max to spend on free agents. I have a feeling that Drew Stubbs could be traded. Reds won’t get much return unless someone is looking strictly at potential,

    I also see them going after a mid level free agent to play CF until Hamilton is ready. I am hoping LUdwick is back next season but it has to be between 6 to 8 million tops. Otherwise let him go.

  8. bigmike04 3 years ago

    You can cross off Houston, Miami, Blue Jays, Mariners, Royals, Twins, Indians, Cubs, Mets, Padres, Rockies off the list

  9. Douglas Bath 3 years ago

    Dear Brewers management, according to Kyle Lohse’s “most similar” player through age 30 is Jeff Suppan. Just sayin’.

  10. Smrtbusnisman04 3 years ago

    This is why the Pirates suck; they think its more important for their minor leaguers to run through icy water at 5 a.m. than it is to identify a curveball or changeup. Come on! I’d be surprised if Kyle ‘The Hippie Boy scout/ Crazy Horse’ Stark keeps his job at head of player development.

  11. Bob George 3 years ago

    This Pirates nonsense will stop as soon as one of their well paid draft picks gets a significant injury and the team finds out that the insurance will not cover non-baseball related injuries.

  12. That’s not the point.

  13. leachim2 3 years ago

    This military training may be hindering their potential to make millions.

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