Mark Attanasio saw the writing on the wall. His Milwaukee Brewers were not likely to compete for a division title, and possibly not even a Wild Card berth, with the rotation the club was going to trot to start the season.
It was something that wasn't hard to see coming.
Kyle Lohse was available. The Brewers needed at least one more experienced starting pitcher in order to join the conversation to contend for the playoffs in the National League. Of course Attanasio was going to make the call. The only question was how much he was willing to pay and for how long?
Monday, we got the answer. Three-years, 33 million is the reported contract by FOXSports.com.
There's no question Lohse, 34, will improve Milwaukee's rotation in 2013 and possibly 2014, but how much is the ballclub better? The Brewers can now realistically fight for a spot in the playoffs, and who knows from there. They weren't a favorite to make the World Series on Sunday and still won't be when the ink dries on Lohse's ...