Tuesday's Frosty Mug: Kyle Lohse Reaction And More

Scott Boehm

We're talking about the Brewers' newest long-term contract and more in today's daily news roundup.

Some things to read while correcting your spelling.

Day 43 of spring training 2013 hopefully opened with the new guy buying breakfast: Yesterday the Brewers announced they've signed former Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse to a three-year, $33 million deal (although Tom Haudricourt notes that most of Lohse's 2013 salary is actually deferred to 2016-18). Lohse can also earn an extra $350,000 in annual incentives for pitching 190 innings.

Lohse hasn't been pitching in spring training games but has been working out with a couple of community college teams, so it remains to be seen how close he is to being ready to pitch next week. He's expected to throw a bullpen today and may start the Brewers' final Cactus League game on Thursday.

As you might expect, we've got lots more from around the web:

It looks like the Brewers will open up a spot on the Opening Day roster for Lohse by having Mark Rogers start the season on the DL. Rogers does not have an apparent injury but his significantly diminished velocity suggests something is wrong.

Meanwhile, back on the field, Brewer pitchers continued to struggle in a 9-7 loss to the A's yesterday. We've got the recap, if you missed it.

Lohse also wasn't the Brewers' only transaction yesterday: After the game they optioned Caleb Gindl to Nashville, traded Jairo Asencio to the Orioles for a PTBNL or cash and placed pitcher Miguel De Los Santos, who is still in the Dominican Republic due to a visa issue, on the restricted list. JP has a roundup of the three moves.

Other notes from camp:

The Brewers are off today before playing their final Cactus League home game tomorrow.

Norichika Aoki will make less over the remainder of his Brewer contract than Kyle Lohse is getting in 2013. He's the subject of The Brewer Nation's latest edition of "Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers."

Despite a long winter, for some people optimism never fades. This SweetSpot poll shows that 43% of fans expected the Brewers to win between 85 and 89 games this season, even before the team signed Lohse.

Not everyone is that optimistic, though: The 2013 Sports Illustrated experts' predictions came and went without a single mention of a single Brewer.

In the minors:

Back in Milwaukee, the Brewers are getting ready for Miller Park's exhibition opener on Friday. Rich Kirchen of the Milwaukee Business Journal talked to Aleta Mercer about new and returning in-park entertainment for 2013.

Around baseball:

Cardinals: Third baseman David Freese is expected to open the season on the DL with a back injury.
Diamondbacks: Released catcher Rod Barajas.
Indians: Released reliever Matt Capps and designated outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment.
Marlins: Signed outfielder Matt Diaz to a minor league deal.
Orioles: Infielder Wilson Betemit will open the season on the DL with a PCL tear in his right knee.
Rockies: Released pitcher Miguel Batista.
Royals: Released outfielder Xavier Nady and reliever George Sherrill.
Tigers: Traded a minor league catcher to the Rays for the right to retain Rule 5 pick Kyle Lobstein.

Today in former Brewers:

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks 1990's Brewer Kevin Seitzer's 51st birthday. Plunk Everyone notes that Seitzer's 35 career HBP are also the most ever for a player born on March 26.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I never got to say goodbye.

Drink up.

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