(NEW YORK) — Despite a strong 2012 campaign for the St. Louis Cardinals, free agent starting pitcher Kyle Lohse says he has yet to receive a single offer from teams as he is looking for a new contract.
Lohse has spent the past five seasons with the Cardinals, and 2012 was arguably the best season of his career. In 33 starts, he went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA.
The problem that Lohse in encountering is that because he was given a qualifying offer from the Cardinals, which he turned down, whichever team signs will him have to give up their first-round pick in the upcoming amateur draft. He could have accepted the one-year offer for $13.3 million, but instead opted to test the free agent market.
“It’s not exactly the situation I envisioned, not at all,” Lohse told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “It hasn’t been exactly a free market because I’m tied to a draft pick and other guys in my class aren’t. That comes at a price. You can’t compare this to anything in the past because it hasn’t been like this.”
Lohse also revealed he hasn’t been in contact with the Cardinals in months, so a reunion between the two sides is unlikely.
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