As I woke up this morning I turned on the T.V. to ESPN's First Take. Listening to the trade rumors, they said that the Cardinals are shopping Kyle Lohse. Then I look at ESPN baseball writer Jayson Stark's blog to find this is a true story.
According to Stark, the Cards have been mentioning the right-hander's name in some trades and are hoping to get the right pieces back. Stark also mentioned that the White Sox, the Yankees, and the Rockies are looking for a starting pitcher. Stark believes that the Cardinals have no assurance that they can re-sign Lohse at the end of the season.
Here's the Good and the Bad of this rumor:
The Good: If the Cardinals could make a trade with Lohse, the Cards could receive a bullpen arm, a bat to protect Pujols, or maybe both.
The Bad: Trading Lohse could be a big mistake. In 23 games started, Lohse has averaged at least six innings a start and posts a 3.68 ERA. He also ranks first in baseball with an .800 winning percentage. Once Carpenter and Wainwright are back completely, who could make the next start outside of those two?
The Cardinals picked up Lohse a couple weeks before the season started and he has been pitching extremely great—and in my opinion was snubbed from the All-Star Game.
Lohse is having a career year and hopefully the Cards won't trade Lohse out of the Gateway City. But if they do, the Cards better have a game plan on who will be their third starter.