Re: Kyle Lohse is a Red
I have no problem with this trade. (And I haven't been a big fan of some of WK's other moves, at least at first blush.....) I could be dead wrong, but I think Lohse can fill the #4/#5 spot just fine. Ward was in single A (while fellow 05 college draftees Lecure and Avery were ahead of him at Sarasota), and, in my view, his funky mechanics make him a BP guy long-term. It's very likely he was several places back in the prospect line angling at the starting rotation (behind Homer, Wood, Dumatrait, Pelland, Cueto and perhaps others), so I feel the prospect resources are not significantly affected here.
Lohse threw 170-210 innings for 3 years for the Twins, and, entering the NL with something to prove (he was very unhappy in Minnesota, according to reports), I think he's got a good chance to rebound nicely.
I could be wrong, but I believe this is another incremental improvement to the major league staff, with more upside than downside.
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