Kyle Lohse: The Best Free-Agent Starting Pitcher the Padres Should Go After

Gary Ousdahl@@GaryOusdahlCorrespondent IIDecember 31, 2012

Should the Padres go after starting pitcher Kyle Lohse?
Should the Padres go after starting pitcher Kyle Lohse?Elsa/Getty Images

The San Diego Padres went into the offseason looking for two starting pitchers to add to their starting rotation.  

They already landed one in Jason Marquis, who isn't spectacular or exciting to anyone familiar with history.  

They have also been linked to a number of other starters this offseason but have yet to land anyone, let alone a name that Padres fans can be happy with going into 2013.

According to MLBTradeRumors.com, Kyle Lohse is the 10th-best free agent available on the market.

If you ask me, now is the time for the Padres to go after him—aggressively.

Lohse, who turned 34 in October, just came off of a fantastic season with the St. Louis Cardinals where he had a 16-3 record with a 2.86 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 211 innings.  Lohse also finished seventh in Cy Young Award voting and led the league in winning percentage and games started.   

Just the kind of guy that the Padres need; someone who can win and pitch innings.  

One of the main drawbacks in signing Lohse is the loss of a draft pick in the 2013 draft.  However, due to the Padres deep farm system and their need for a qualified starting pitcher in the front of the rotation, I think that they should go for it and roll the dice.  

If given the opportunity, Lohse will be very successful pitching in San Diego.  

Not only was his 2012 campaign successful, but his 2011 campaign was also impressive with a 14-8 record with a 3.39 ERA over 188.1 innings.

Lohse is also armed with five solid pitches (fastball, sinker, slider, curve and changeup), has good command of the strike zone and doesn't give up a lot of home runs.  

He may not be an overpowering pitcher, but he throws strikes and keeps his team in the game.

Enough of this "talk" already, it's time that general manager Josh Byrnes lands a pitcher who can help solidify the Padres' starting rotation.

Could Kyle Lohse be that guy?

Speak up San Diego—let me know what you think!

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