Kyle Lohse (at 80% of current pay),
It would be nice to get Lohse to accept a paycut, but I don't think we'll be able to push that through. He was healthy all year. He'll take us to arb if we try to cut his salary and probably win. Even though Lohse has nearly a 6 ERA for the year, very seldom do you get players who aren't injured to agree to a pay cut. In fact, I can't think of any right now. (although that doesn't mean it never happened).
The Reds have a tough decision on Lohse. He made about 4 million this year. I'm guessing it takes about 4.5 million to get him to come back. That might be cheaper than a comparable FA, but that's a pretty big gamble. Hopefully by the end of the season, we'll have a better read on what to expect out of the guy.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!