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In his column today, ESPN writer/former GM Jim Bowden expressed concern about the inactivity of the Brewers’ offseason, arguing that the team is close to contending in the NL Central this year and really needs to do more than acquire a pair of middle relievers. To fix this, Bowden suggested that the club try and sign right-hander Kyle Lohse.
On the surface, Lohse might seem like a worthwhile pursuit for the Brewers. Even if their front office continues to insist otherwise, the Brewers’ rotation is a little shaky beyond Yovani Gallardo and Marco Estrada, and adding another quality arm would improve their prospects for 2013. Lohse, having posted a 16-3 record and 2.86 ERA for the Cardinals last year, would seemingly fit the bill.
However, there are a few big problems with all this: Lohse will likely command a contract well outside the Brewers’ price range and wouldn’t be a particularly good fit for the club anyway. Also, the Kyle Lohse t...