PHOENIX — News that the team was adding a free agent from a fierce division rival created buzz in the Brewers’ Spring Training clubhouse on Monday, as word spread that former Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse had agreed to a multiyear contract.
MLB.com has confirmed that the proposed deal guarantees $33 million in base salary over three years. Lohse arrived at Maryvale Baseball Park at 10:30 a.m. MST for a physical exam.
“I think everybody was trying to find a high note leaving spring,” Brewers first baseman Corey Hart said. “You’re looking for a spark. This is definitely a spark. I think everybody in here was hoping they would get an established pitcher like that.”
The Brewers will forfeit their first-round Draft pick — No. 17 overall, which in 2012 was worth $2 million — for signing Lohse, and the Cardinals will receive a compensatory pick later in the round, No. 28 overall. Neither club immediately confirmed the deal, pending Lohse’s physical.
Lohse, 34 years old, went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA for the Cardinals last season, numbers that added up to a seventh-place standing in the National League’s Cy Young Award balloting. Lohse pitched to a 55-35 record and a 3.90 ERA in 137 games for St. Louis over the past five seasons.
Source: Adam McCalvy / MLB.com