While he admits that no one in baseball knows where free
agent Kyle Lohse will end up signing this winter, ESPN’s Jim Bowden believes
the Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers are the favorites to sign the
Lohse’s agent, Scott Boras, hasn’t held discussions with
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin about his client. However, he has reached
out to team owner Mark Attanasio – AKA the man with the checkbook – in an attempt to persuade him to step up and
acquire the right-hander.
Bowden points out that the Brewers extended a two-year offer
to veteran right-hander Ryan Dempster before he signed with the Boston Red Sox
this offseason. Due to their need beyond Yovani Gallardo, Bowden considers
Milwaukee a player for Lohse.
The Rangers have been tied to nearly every player available
this offseason, including Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke, Michael Bourn, Nick
Swisher, James Shields and Josh Johnson, so why should Lohse be any different?
Texas’ rotation is already solid in Bowden’s opinion, as it
includes Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison. But there is a question
mark with Martin Perez projected to occupy the No. 5 spot, and Bowden says signing
Lohse would allow Texas to develop its young pitchers rather than rush them to
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