2013 MLB Free Agents: Latest Talk on Kyle Lohse

Stephen Fenech@Fenech2491Correspondent IDecember 27, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 22:  Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts in the third inning while taking on the San Francisco Giants in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Kyle Lohse is the best right-handed pitcher remaining on the free-agent market, but is yet to decide where he will pitch in 2013. 

The market for Lohse has been tepid, as organizations have been weary to offer him the minimum three-year deal that he reportedly desires.

Whether or not Lohse deserves a four-year contract at age 34 is debatable. What cannot be argued is that Lohse, who is represented by Scott Boras, has no immediate plans to settle for a shorter deal unless he is offered an extremely lucrative three-year contract.

Lohse went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation last season, which drove up his value. 

At the winter meetings, CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman reported that the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels had interest in Lohse. 

Since then, the Red Sox signed Ryan Dempster, which likely eliminates them as a potential landing spot for Lohse. 

The Angels remain as a potential landing spot for Lohse, as their front office has not been shy about spending money. 

Andy Schmidt of RantSports.com argues that the biggest reason that Lohse is still on the market is draft pick compensation. That, along with the lucrative contract that Lohse is chasing, has stymied his market despite the financial boom that baseball franchises are experiencing. 

CBS Sports insider Danny Knobler reported that Lohse is not on the Texas Rangers frontburner, although he did not eliminate them from contention. 

The Rangers signing Lohse makes sense, but he could struggle in their hitter-friendly ballpark. 

Jim Bowden, who hosts a radio show on Sirius XM radio, had Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine on his show. Bowden tweeted the following after the interview: 

Thad Levine Rangers AGM just told us at #SXM that they have not discussed Kyle Lohse or Adam LaRoche at this point Sirius 209 XM 89

— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 23, 2012

At some point, Lohse may be forced to accept a shorter contract that pays well. A bidding war over Lohse's services is not on the horizon, which hurts Boras' leverage in negotiations. 

Lohses' market remains murky, which makes it difficult to project where he will eventually sign. Chances are, he will wind up in the AL West, but it is far from a guarantee. 

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