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11:14 AM ET 01.05 | Former Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse has found his market chilled by the repercussions of a new rule this winter. Lohse, 34, has fielded interest but not yet received an offer. The leading cause dates back to a decision the Cardinals made with Lohse and Lance Berkman two months ago. The Cardinals presented Lohse with a one-year, $13.3-million qualifying offer that he and his agent Scott Boras rejected. That offer assured the Cardinals, who have not revisited signing Lohse since, would receive a draft pick as compensation when he signed with another team. The club did not make the same offer to Berkman, its other free agent.

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January 5, 2013  12:12 PM ET

The rules are getting really complicated. I wondered why there was no buzz around a starting pitcher under 35 coming off two excellent seasons.

January 5, 2013  12:25 PM ET

things can get ackwards any time new rules and clause get into such agreements,should every player type A or type B has to go through the same rules?? but things are a little of different with scott boras clients, one, boras its by far the biggest block for free agents owned by boras, and two, the new rules from the MLB,,,

January 5, 2013  12:26 PM ET

i wonder if BOURN its boras client by any means??if so then that explain WHY the OF has not signed any contract at all,,,

January 5, 2013  12:37 PM ET

I think this has more to do with the fact that the other players in free agency didn't carry this requirement. Both Bourn and Lohse carry it. Greinke, Sanches, and Jackson were all free and clear of the draft pick and draft bonus cap obsticle.

January 5, 2013  12:37 PM ET

The players union is not going to like the way this is playing out.

January 5, 2013  01:02 PM ET

What's the matter with $13.3m?

January 5, 2013  02:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The players union is not going to like the way this is playing out.

Serves them all right. The law of unintended consequences strikes again.

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January 5, 2013  02:52 PM ET

I'm curious to why Greinke, Sanches, and Jackson were not offered a qualifying offer. The Angels were not planning on signing Greinke anyways so why didn't they try to get a draft pick instead of letting him go for nothing? Of course we know that he will not accept the 1 year 13.3 mill contract.

January 5, 2013  03:11 PM ET

new rules do not scare the teams from free agents, rather SCOTT BORA$$$ scare the teams from free agents, especially IF boras its their agent!!!

January 5, 2013  03:15 PM ET
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I'm curious to why Greinke, Sanches, and Jackson were not offered a qualifying offer. The Angels were not planning on signing Greinke anyways so why didn't they try to get a draft pick instead of letting him go for nothing? Of course we know that he will not accept the 1 year 13.3 mill contract.

the angels figureout they didn't need any draft pick, and they like the way they ended without nothing most of the times, wonder why the halos farm system its so thin??

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January 5, 2013  04:54 PM ET
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Lohse will get signed yet, as some team breaks down and decides they need another starter.Minnesota? Boston? Houston? San Diego? Seattle? Texas? Kansas City? Someone will break.

the miami marlins?? or you mean the loria's team has no rights?? after all bora$$$ its the free agent owner of loshe..

January 5, 2013  06:55 PM ET

None of the other free agents fell into the qualifying offer category under the new rules except Hamilton. Greinke, Sanchez, and Jackson were free and clear of the draft picks and qualifying offers.

Don't put too much concern into Boras being his agent. Lohse has taken control and told him to make deals before. He did it to sign the 4 year deal with the cardinals.

January 5, 2013  11:38 PM ET

Did Boras lack foresight this offseason? I would love to believe that but he's too sharp. That said, I can't figure out Boras' angle.

January 6, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Neither Greinke nor Sanchez were eligible for draft pick compensation, since the player has to be on your team for a full season. Both Greinke and Sanchez were mid-season trade acquisitions. Edwin Jackson was on the Nationals for a full year, but the Nationals declined to make him a qualifying offer, thus removing the draft pick part of the equation. The reason they did that is they didn't need him in their rotation, and had he accepted the qualifying offer, would have been a very expensive sixth starter, so they let him walk

January 6, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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The players union is not going to like the way this is playing out.

They agreed to it for good reason Do not forget that a team had to offer $13.3 million to get that draft pick in return. That is serious money. The player turned down $13.3 million!!!! He is taking a chance. His choice.

January 6, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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Did Boras lack foresight this offseason? I would love to believe that but he's too sharp. That said, I can't figure out Boras' angle.

Greed! and he misjudged the market place..

 
January 6, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The players union is not going to like the way this is playing out.

And remember, the team that signs him has a lot less money to spend in the draft and you can only spend so much. There is a cap on that pool of money.

Trout syndrome: The Yankees wanted to draft trout, they knew all about him, he grew up in their backyard but because they lost their first draft pick that year becasue of a FA signing he ends up with the Angels. And the rest is history. Teams are aware of that. He turned down good money and is taking a gamble.

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