ST. LOUIS (AP) Kyle Lohse has cut ties from his Cardinals days, spending a final night in his empty St. Louis home that's been sold before starting against his old team.
By last August, even though he was having a career year, he knew St. Louis had no interest in re-signing him. The Cardinals signed ace Adam Wainwright to a multiyear extension this spring.
"I just went about my business the best way I could while I was here," Lohse said Saturday. "I think I said one time, I can't invite myself back."
Lohse waited until the final week of spring training to get a free-agent deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, festering on the market after turning down a 13.3 qualifying offer from St. Louis after going 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA. He said the Cardinals did not contact him after losing Chris Carpenter to a potential career-ending shoulder injury before spring training.
Other teams were likely leery because they'd lose a first-draft pick under the new collective bargaining agreement. Lohse's t...