Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse is coming off of a bad month. The Brewers are, too.
It really couldn’t be going much worse. Neither side expected this, of course.
Following the 2012 season, Lohse openly sought a big-money contract due to his performance with the St. Louis Cardinals over the previous two seasons. The right-handed pitcher had compiled a record of 30-11 to go along with a 3.11 ERA, and so he assumed he could do what countless others had done before him: score big in the free agent market.
However, recent changes to the draft compensation system hindered that process for Lohse, who had rejected the Cardinals’ qualifying offer of $13.3 million in order to reach free agency. Under the guidance of his super-agent Scott Boras, he struggled to find an organization that would match his high demands.
Neither he nor Boras were happy about how the situation unraveled.
It wouldn’t be until 11 days before his first scheduled start with the Brewers that he and Milwauk...