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Count Boston out of Lohse sweepstakes

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08:10 AM ET 02.07 | Speculation regarding the Red Sox and Kyle Lohse resurfaced earlier this week, though it may remain a long shot. [According to a major league source], it is "highly unlikely" the Red Sox will be locking up the top free agent pitcher still on the market. There was some interest in Lohse from the Sox earlier in the offseason, but that was before the team invested in a pitcher who, unlike the former Cardinals hurler, wouldn't cost a draft pick -- Ryan Dempster. Some might be led to believe that if a pitcher the likes of Lohse is still out there, with financial demands that wouldn't be handcuffing a team like the Red Sox, it would be worth the investment. ... [But surrendering a draft pick] just doesn't add up for the Red Sox.

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February 7, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Will be very interesting to see who this draft pick they refuse to give up (44th overall) is, and how good he turns out to be.

February 7, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Stock answer these days is that teams don't want to surrender a draft pick.

Seems to me the real answer is: "If you lower your asking price and total years then maybe we can talk after all."

February 7, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Doesn't matter - this is the year of the Blue Jay.

February 7, 2013  08:47 AM ET

You would think the Cards would be back in the mix after learning that Chris Carpenter appears to be done.

February 7, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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You would think the Cards would be back in the mix after learning that Chris Carpenter appears to be done.

The fact that they are not is all you need to know.

February 7, 2013  09:10 AM ET

16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and nobody is interested? His stats the year before aren't too shabby either. This is strictly a money and years issue.

Teams certainly have to be interested, wild guess his agent is Bor-A-S-S.....

February 7, 2013  09:21 AM ET

Looks like The Mets get a shot at a guy nobody wants!!!

February 7, 2013  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Doesn't matter - this is the year of the Blue Jay.

quite frankly, I will be surpised if the Jays make the playoffs. I don't thin t hey did themselves any big favors with the pitchers they signed. None of them will win 20 games this year and at least one of them will struggle to be a .500 pitcher.

February 7, 2013  09:25 AM ET

The Cards offered 26 13 million for one year, he turn it down, and now they are turning their attention to their young pitchers for one to step forward and take Carpenter place in the rotation.

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February 7, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Sweepstakes? I guess we won that time.

No wait a second... give him 3 years 39 million!

February 7, 2013  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The fact that they are not is all you need to know.

Exactly right.

February 7, 2013  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and nobody is interested? His stats the year before aren't too shabby either. This is strictly a money and years issue. Teams certainly have to be interested, wild guess his agent is Bor-A-S-S.....

Lohse is decent and certainly had a good year. He will likely never have a year that good again though, and he specializes on beating the horrible offenses. His playoff record against better offenses is abysmal. I'm happy to see the Cards move on from him.

February 7, 2013  12:08 PM ET

wiseup: Loshe is out of sweepstakes, Right now he should reduce his demands if he wanys to pitch . Its obvious no team thinks he is worth his asking price. He probably regrets not accepting St.L offer after last year.

February 7, 2013  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The fact that they are not is all you need to know.

same thing for the boras client,,things aren;t looking too good in boras house,,,

February 7, 2013  12:59 PM ET
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quite frankly, I will be surpised if the Jays make the playoffs. I don't thin t hey did themselves any big favors with the pitchers they signed. None of them will win 20 games this year and at least one of them will struggle to be a .500 pitcher.

I see what you are saying here. Chemistry could be an issue IMO.

Winning 20 games is a rare feat these days. How many 20 game winners did the Giants have last year? Zero....

There were only 4 pitchers that won 20 games in 2012.

February 7, 2013  01:02 PM ET
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There were only 4 pitchers that won 20 games in 2012.

Two of those guys were on playoff teams that exited quickly. (Price & Gonzalez)

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February 7, 2013  06:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Doesn't matter - this is the year of the Blue Jay.

Two years ago (with the acquisition of Crawford and Gonzo) was the year of the Red Sox. Or so it was said by all the sports pundits talking about "an embarassment of riches."

Not so much.

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