Here it is December 28th and Kyle Lohse is still a free agent. But since Lohse is a client of super agent Scott Boras, he won’t sign until Boras gets him the best deal possible. All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder who is a Scott Boras guy, didn’t sign with the Detroit Tigers until January 26th.

Of the top ten pitchers available in this year’s free agency crop, eight have already signed contracts. Lohse and reliever Rafael Soriano still have yet to ink a deal. As time continues to pass, the window of opportunity will become smaller and smaller for Lohse to get the four year deal he continues to seek. With that being said, Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak should pick up the phone and get Lohse back in red.

Ryan Dempster just signed with the Red Sox for two years and $26.5 million. I know back in August I proposed a 2 year, $34 million deal. This will be Lohse’s last big shot at a real pay day so he would never accept that. Here is what I propose instead. A three year, $45 million deal.

The reason I’m a proponent of bringing Lohse back is due to the fact I’m not sold on the Cardinals rotation. I thought Adam Wainwright wore down as the season went on and his numbers were substandard in the postseason. We didn’t see enough of Chris Carpenter to get a good gauge on how his nerve surgery went in relation to his shoulder issue from last season. Jaime Garcia was all over the place. One game he would look like Sandy Koufax and the next he would like Sandy Duncan. The thing that concerns me the most is the perceived selfishness that has been demonstrated by Garcia. Twice last year, he got shellacked in starts only to say after the game that he didn’t feel right before the game. Then to top it off, he announced he was going to pitch for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. Don’t be surprised to see Garcia shut down and operated on in 2013. Jake Westbrook is a good number 4, but you aren’t counting on him to go deep into ballgames.

The Cardinals need some insurance in case one of the big three falters and youngsters such as Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly, and 18 game winner Lance Lynn aren’t ready to answer the bell. When healthy, Lohse will eat up innings and give a solid performance. Take away the two injury plagued seasons he had with the Cardinals, and Lohse’s record was 45-17. With Lohse back in the rotation, the Cardinals would have some flexibility in their bullpen and it would also give them one of if not the best relieving corps in the league.

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