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Lohse Still Lurking in Free Agency

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The Cardinals' Kyle Lohse stifled the Marlins in their debut at their brand-new stadium.

In what has become a bit surprising, St. Louis Cardinals free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse is still on the market, as it's become evident the Cardinals don't have any plans of bringing back the Scott Boras client after he had a career year in 2012.

ESPN/SiriusXM host and former MLB general manager Jim Bowden, who loves to throw stuff up against the wall and is actually very entertaining to follow on Twitter (@JimBowdenESPNXM), said the free agent righty is most likely to land with the Milwaukee Brewers or your Texas Rangers.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels has said several times that they won't be in on Lohse, mainly because of the fact that whoever signs him would have to forfeit a first-round pick in this summer's first-year player draft. If the Rangers were to sign Lohse, they would have to give the Cardinals their first-round pick in the No. 25 spot.

Lohse, who is 34 years old, had a stellar 2012, putting up an eye-popping 16-3 record with a 2.86 ERA. He led the league in winning percentage (obviously) and in games started with 33.

The Brewers would make more sense for Lohse, as he could stay in the National League. Let's be real, we all know pitching in the American League is a much tougher task than pitching in the National League and having the luxury of pitching to a pitcher every few innings. Just ask Ryan Dempster about that after he came to the Rangers last year after posting a 2.25 ERA with the Chicago Cubs in the first half of the season and then not having near that type of success with the Rangers.

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