Spring Training has begun, and Kyle Lohse is still looking for a team. But according to agent Scott Boras, the right-hander is drawing more interest as the days go by.
Boras discussed the status of Lohse, as well as relievers Jose Valverde and Francisco Rodriguez, with MLB.com's Mark Sheldon while stopping by the Reds' camp in Goodyear, Ariz., to speak with the Korean media about Cincinnati outfielder Shin Soo-Choo, another Boras client.
Despite the Draft-pick compensation issues that affected the market for many top-tier free agents this winter, Boras succeeded in finding big contracts for many of his high-profile clients, including Nationals closer Rafael Soriano and Indians center fielder Michael Bourn. But Lohse, one of the top starters on this year's free-agent market, remains unsigned.
"Like most free agents with that kind of ability, I think you get all kinds of calls. Frankly the calls increase during Spring Training rather than decrease because the need level of each club is more evident," Boras said. "These are ownership decisions at this point. The talent is there.
"[Lohse is] a good player and has been through this a couple of times. This was kind of anticipated with his Draft compensation dynamic. Because he's the type of player that will go to an instantly competitive team, those teams knowing they'd have to give away a Draft pick and Draft money, we understood it would probably have to be something that there was definitely a feeling it was necessary to have him on the team to be competitive to win. This has been kind of a new dynamic in baseball."
There has been some speculation that a return to St. Louis would make sense for Lohse now that starter Chris Carpenter is unlikely to pitch this year. But Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has said his club is happy with its pitching staff and isn't looking to add another starter.
Boras: Calls increasing for Lohse, unsigned free agents
MLB.com | Feb 16