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The Milwaukee Brewers have made very few moves this offseason, acquiring Mike Gonzalez, Tom Gorzellany and Burke Badenhop to help their struggling bullpen and bringing injured shortstop Alex Gonzalez back.
The Brewers are still considering the possibility of signing free-agent starting pitcher Kyle Lohse.
At the recent Brewers FanFest, owner Mark Attanasio didn't rule out the chance.
“There’s always a chance,” Attanasio said. “Again, it’s a function of size of contract, length of contract. Kyle had a phenomenal two seasons the last two seasons. We just have to see if that fits in our overall scheme.”
What if the Brewers did in fact sign Lohse?
Their offseason would be complete.
With limited finances, the Brewers shored up a shaky bullpen with the acquisition of Gonzalez, Gorzellany and Badenhop. They also found an inexpensive backup plan at shortstop by signing Gonzalez for just $1.5 million. Jean Segura is the heir apparent, but Gonzalez gives manager Ron Roenicke some insurance.
Singing Lohse would give the Brewers a solid No. 2 option behind ace Yovani Gallardo. Marco Estrada, Mike Fiers, Mark Rogers and Wily Peralta certainly have potential, but the Brewers' rotation would certainly considered much stronger with Lohse in the mix.
It was clear the Brewers were going to be financially conservative this offseason, given declining attendance and a miserable TV contract. Lohse's signing with the Brewers would definitely be considered a long-shot, and it wouldn't have affected their earlier offseason transactions.