So here's my rant about the Kyle Lohse signing and how I'm not exactly "thrilled" to hear that the Brewers caved in to Scott Boras...
(image courtesy ESPN.com)
#1. He's 34. Why are we signing a pitcher, who's been in the majors for 12 years, to a 3-year contract?
#2. From 2001 (his first season in the majors) through 2010, he went 88-98 and had an ERA of 4.79. Take away the past two seasons when he was with the Cardinals and you've got a very mediocre-to-below average pitcher. Is he really worth $11 million/year?
#3. Out of Gallardo, Estrada, Fiers, Narveson, Peralta and Rogers, all are right-handed pitchers except for Narveson. Kyle Lohse is a right-handed pitcher. We don't need another right-handed pitcher.
#4. In the event we make the postseason, Lohse has a career record of 2-5 with an ERA of 4.86. Again, not very good.
#5. As a result of signing Lohse, the Brewers will lose their first round draft pick and the Cardinals, a division rival, gain one. Not only are the Cardinals a division rival, but they already have a stacked farm system, ranked first in all of baseball. The Brewers' farm is ranked in the bottom ten. This move is not only a short-term risk, but a long-term one as well.
#6. We let Shaun Marcum go to the Mets via free agency this offseason. They signed him to a one-year deal for $4 million. Marcum and Lohse, in my opinion, are the same caliber of player. Kinda screwed this pooch there.
#7. Anyone remember Braden Looper and Jeff Suppan...?
#8. Kyle Lohse pitches to contact. Our defense is about as porous as SpongeBob SquarePants. Should be fun...
#9. Scott Boras, Lohse's agent, is pure evil. There's nothing better for the Brewers than having a snake in the Miller Park grass! Got us tagged with Carlos Gomez for the next three years (which is another risk the Brewers have decided to take, but not quite as bad), and now we're on the hook for a mediocre pitcher.
...and finally...#10. Kinda backtracking to #5, but..in the next few years, we will need to replace, realistically, 3/4 of our current infield: Corey Hart, Rickie Weeks and Aramis Ramirez. We have, essentially, not a single possible replacement for any of them in the minor leagues. Sure, we have one of the best offenses in the majors now, but long-term, losing this draft pick really sucks.
Whew, that felt good. So now that I'm done complaining, I'm interested in hearing what the rest of Brewer Nation thinks....SOUND OFF, YA'LL!