George King has a few quotes from Phillies’ assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr. today. Basically, the Phils wouldn’t go past three years on Kyle Lohse, and have dropped out of the bidding for the Scott Boras client.
King indicates that this might put the Mets in the lead for Lohse, perhaps the best of a mediocre group of free agent starters. Ken Davidoff, however, wrote yesterday that the Mets "did not seem particularly interested" in Lohse at the current price. Tim Brown wrote on Monday that both the Phils and Mets had four-year offers out to Lohse.