What reasons are there that one of the best pitchers in 2013 is shopworn and now sitting on an end cap with no reduced rate? Perhaps the greed of Scott Boras?
Boras, noted for his tenacious negotiating skills, is Kyle Lohse‘s agent. The longer this freeze-out continues, the worse Boras’ image looks, not to mention the effects on the career of a 34-year old pitcher.
The new rule that states a team signing a free agent who declined a qualifying offer from his team would have to surrender a draft choice to said team. Doesn’t sound like the union thought that one out to the end does it? Did anyone think it through?
Lohse has had a good run with the St. Louis Cardinals. In his best three of five years with the Cards his record is 45-17 with an ERA of 3.34. In 2009-10 he only averaged around 100 IP per season.
We watched and waited with baited breath while Michael Bourn was passed over by one team, then another and then the previous one again, ad nauseum. News Flash: Bourn is another player in the Boras stable. Think of the money this guy makes. I don’t know what his take is, but just a small percentage of guys like Alex Rodriguez, Prince Fielder, Matt Holliday, Robinson Cano, Carlos Gonzalez, Barry Zito, Jayson Werth, Stephen Strasburg, Jacoby Elsbury and many, many others. How would you like to have only 1 percent of their many for a year?
Obviously Boras is looking for outrageous money for Lohse. It is rumored to be around $80M for five years. My calculator works when my mind doesn’t and that looks like $16M per season. That is a lot of jack for a man who has a career ERA+ of 97. In case you are not aware (not trying to dummy anything down here), that is 3 points less than the average pitcher in the league. Since we are talking average here, the aforementioned Bourn has a career OPS+ of 90 and look how they all salivated after him. It looked like the Walking Dead going after a dead horse.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a Lohse fan. The longer he sits the less attractive he becomes. If Boras doesn’t want him ruined for good, he should mark down the price on Lohse. You know, rollback – Walmart style. I don’t mean have a fire sale, but let the man work and do what he does best.