I mean, at this point, the poor dude could be had for twenty bucks, probably.
I’m kidding of course, and I admit that there are probably glaring signs that explain exactly why he’s without a job that I am not observant or smart enough to catch. The apparent toxicity of Lohse’s market is clear proof that no one, at least openly, wants this guy. I haven’t heard of any recent physical problems, either.
I just don’t understand why a solid third- or fourth-spot guy like this is still sitting there waiting. (And a few of you are burning holes into your monitor because you can’t burn into my soul directly. I apologize if I have ruined your computers from wherever it is that you are sitting.)
The guy has never been great, but I would trust him more than I would a guy like Scott Kazmir in the long run. We need the pitching, and Tito’s mantra on the matter is “When you think you have enough, get more.” At this point, I don’t think it could hurt. A couple folks here have mentioned trying to trade for Josh Beckett; scoff-worthy for sure, in my opinion. Health, high salary and declining stuff? Not to mention another mercurial attitude to boot? One pain in the butt is enough, thank you. Sure, he might like pitching for Francona again, but for my money (playing Larry for a minute), Lohse would be the better and safer play.
Feel free to call me a clown or question my sanity, but I think Lohse needs to be explored again. It can’t hurt.