The 34-year-old pitcher signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Brewers on Monday. He may be revving up late in the offseason, but he also noted that he was able to produce in 2008 with the St. Louis Cardinals despite signing in the middle of spring training.
Lohse, who won the World Series with the Cardinals in 2011, posted a 2.86 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with the club last season, going 16-3 in the process. Lohse led the National League in winning percentage (.842) with that record.
This is a big move for Milwaukee, given its young starters have scuffled in spring training this year. Lohse gives the club a proven starter to pair up with Yovani Gallardo at the front end of the rotation.
Milwaukee's starters combined to post a 3.99 ERA last season, 13th in Major League Baseball. With the team scoring the third-most runs in baseball, this signing should make the Brewers a more balanced squad.
Despite their gaudy offensive statistics, the Brewers failed to make the playoffs last season. They went 83-79 overall, with a 1-9 stretch in July really hurting their chances.
Whether Lohse is worth $33 million over three years is up for debate. He is, after all, 34 years old. On the other hand, he's been extremely productive the past two seasons with the Cardinals and because he's a finesse pitcher, he should remain productive at an older age.
Time will tell whether this move pays off for the Brewers. At the moment, it appears to be a strong signing for the club ahead of the 2013 campaign.