Cardinals Shopping Lohse to Make Room for Buehrle

by Ben Cook on December 6, 2011

The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly looking to trade starting pitcher Kyle Lohse to make room for free agent Mark Buehrle.

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Buehrle, a St. Louis native, has long been a target of the Cardinals and often expressed an admiration for the organization and even a desire to play for the team.

While the interest may be mutual, the Cardinals already have a full rotation under contract. Hence the need to move Kyle Lohse.

Buehrle has reportedly been looking for a 3 year deal in the $36 million range and has rumored to be targeted by the Nationals, Marlins, Tigers, Rangers and possibly as many as 8 other teams.

Lohse is due just under $12 million for next year although he did put up a respectable 3.39 ERA and a record of 14-8. If the Cardinals can negotiate a discount from Buehrle, they might be able to eat a portion of Lohse’s contract to make him even more attractive to potential trade partners.

And even if the Cardinals do find an interested party, Post-Dispatch writer Derrick Goold points out that Lohse has a full no-trade clause and could reject any trade the team negotiated.

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