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Lohse had an outstanding season for the Cardinals in 2012, going 16-3 and finishing fifth in the NL with a 2.86 ERA.
Considered to be among the upper echelon of free agent pitchers this year, Lohse is a Scott Boras client, who appears to be holding out for a multi-year contract. At age 34, teams are clearly wary of doling out big money over the course of a long contract to him. Additionally, teams will have to forfeit a first-round draft pick for his services.
His career season at an advanced age during a contract year could have been an aberration, as teams are not willing to risk big money on Lohse because he may revert back to the norm. His career ERA sits at 4.45.
Lohse is still a big-time innings eater who has shown consistency over the last few seasons. While he may not be an ace that will rack up 200 strikeouts, he is still a very valuable number two or three starter that can help a team tremendously. He is unlikely to get the contract he desired, and will likely receive something more along the lines of Ryan Dempter's 2-year/$26.5 million deal with the Red Sox.
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