Lohse is 34-years-old and is coming off a career year in which he posted 16-3 record and a 2.86 ERA. One of the top free agent pitchers this offseason, the Brewers scooped him up with just over one week before Opening Day. So why are Milwaukee fans so peeved?
Here are some tweets from fellow fans:
That is not the news I wanted to wake up to. I hate everything.
— Jerry Eldred (@jheldred) March 25, 2013
— J.P. Breen (@JP_Breen) March 25, 2013
— Ryan Topp (@RyanTopp) March 25, 2013
This is completely out of line. 3/$30. I can’t even fathom the depths of stupidity to reach the conclusion that this is reasonable.
— Nate Petrashek (@NPetrashek) March 25, 2013
It’s like they said “Hey, we’re out from under that Randy Wolf contract. Let’s give it to a guy who’s just as old as ‘Wolfie’ right now!”
— Jaymes Langrehr (@JaymesL) March 25, 2013
— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) March 25, 2013
Obviously, many fans think this signing is a travesty. Lohse is too old and too much of a mediocre pitcher to be worth that kind of money. However, there is a small number of people that agree with this bold move by Mark Attanasio and Co.
Unlike a lot of people I see on twitter, I actually like this Lohse signing. #Brewers
— Kyle Komplin (@KKomplin) March 25, 2013
Kyle Lohse has signed with the #Brewers . Lohse is a nice addition, 16 wins last year with Cards. 3 yr deal worth 33 Million
— Brendan (@BrendanRayder) March 25, 2013
With Lohse cemented as the No. 2 starter, who becomes the odd man out? Will they send Wily Peralta back to the minors or will they move Mike Fiers to the bullpen? Whatever they decide to do, Brewers fans are sitting stunned.
Personally, I am undoubtedly against this signing. This season was a perfect time for the Brewers to watch their young pitching develop, but now, either Fiers or Peralta will be removed from the rotation, delaying a chance to prove they belong. The Brewers also have part with their 17th overall pick in the upcoming draft. Losing a first-round draft pick for a guy in his mid-thirties is absurd.
Because the Brewers let Shaun Marcum leave via free agency, the New York Mets snatched him and signed him to a one-year deal worth $4 million. Marcum and Lohse are the same caliber of pitcher, yet the Brewers are giving Lohse $11 million a season. They screwed the pooch on this one.
What do you think of the Brewers signing Kyle Lohse?