Kyle Lohse Rumors: Tuesday

Kyle Lohse talked to B.J. Rains for MLBTR yesterday about his displeasure at twice going to arbitration hearings earlier in his career.  Lohse no longer has to worry about the arb process but has faced a different kind of awkwardness this offseason — he is still looking for a new team despite entering the winter as a top-ten ranked free agent.  Here's the latest on the Lohse market, with the newest updates at the top of the page…

  • A baseball executive tells ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine that the 34-year-old Lohse will be fortunate to find a multiyear deal at this point given his age.  Levine passed on this information during a fan chat about the Chicago teams, and he notes that Lohse isn't a fit for the Cubs since the right-hander is "more of a contending team type pitcher right now."
  • The Pirates don't seem to be interested in Lohse, FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports (Twitter link).  Morosi feels Lohse would be "a great fit" in Pittsburgh and indeed, Lohse would arguably project as the ace of a Pirates rotation that currently has two starters (Francisco Liriano and Jeff Karstens) dealing with health concerns.  A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and James McDonald are the Bucs' top three starters.
  • The Braves have no interest in Lohse, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweetsJulio Teheran is slated to be the Braves' fifth starter, with Brandon Beachy on pace to rejoin the rotation at midseason after undergoing Tommy John surgery last June.

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