The signing of free-agent right-hander Kyle Lohse gives the Milwaukee Brewers five players who will earn a combined $61.5 million in 2014, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.
Owner Mark Attanasio, however, said Tuesday that the team's rising payroll will not prevent the Brewers from trying to re-sign first baseman Corey Hart, a potential free agent, or pursuing other players in the future.
National television revenues will rise from approximately $25 million per team to approximately $52 million next season, giving all clubs increased financial flexibility.
"I looked at it carefully -- this wasn't going to stop us from being able to make another move, whether it's to sign Corey or whatever," Attanasio said. "That did not enter into it."
Attanasio added that he told Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, "it doesn't mean we're making a choice vs. Corey or anybody else that he might want to sign."
Lohse, 34, agreed Monday to a three-year, $33 million contract with an additional ...