News broke around noon yesterday that the Brewers had agreed to a 3 year $33 million dollar deal with former Cardinals pitcher Kyle Loshe.
While there have been some grumblings about the length of the deal, I think this is a very good move for the Brewers. While Lohse is 34 years old, he had the best season of his career last year with the Cardinals going 16-3 with a ridiculous 2.86 ERA. He also pitched a career high 211 innings in 2012, had an excellent 1.090 WHIP and finished seventh in voting for the NL Cy Young award. Loshe was 2-0 with 19 strikeouts against the Brewers last year.
So the expectation is that he'll slot into the #2 role once he's ready to go a few weeks into the season. While it does force one of the younger pitchers off the starting rotation, the move does add a veteran pitcher to a fairly young staff. That should help bring some stability and leadership to the pitching staff and having a guy who's won a World Series in the club house certainly doesn't hurt either.
All in all, I'm glad to see this move by the Brewers. After letting Shaun Marcum and Randy Wolf go, the club certainly needed some veterans on the mound. Lohse certainly fills that role and hopefully will bring his winning ways to a club that needed to patch up it's biggest problem area from last year.