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MLB Free Agents 2013: Kyle Lohse declines St. Louis Cardinals' qualifying offer, as expected

The St. Louis Cardinals' unlikely ace, Kyle Lohse, declined his qualifying offer, as expected, becoming a free agent.

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Kyle Lohse is still on the bench

Kyle Lohse is still a free agent, just in case you haven't thought about him since the St. Louis Cardinals gave him an obligatory qualifying offer.

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Kyle Lohse will sign somewhere, probably

Edwin Jackson apparently won't get four years in free agency. That should portend bad things for St. Louis Cardinals free agent Kyle Lohse.

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Are Kyle Lohse rumors hung up on a 4th year?

The Boston Red Sox are among teams that have been connected to Kyle Lohse, but contract length might be an issue.

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Kyle Lohse, Dodgers connected in inevitable rumors

In the least surprising news of the 2013 MLB offseason, word has gotten out that the Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in Kyle Lohse.

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Kyle Lohse and the Sox a match made in not-heaven

The Boston Red Sox have supposedly called Kyle Lohse, but it would be a bad move for both parties to bring him into Fenway Park.

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Lohse could be Red Sox target

Kyle Lohse could be an option for the rebuilding Boston Red Sox.

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This week, Kyle Lohse has Jeremy Guthrie to thank

Jeremy Guthrie signed a three-year, $25 million deal with the Kansas City Royals this week, which means Kyle Lohse is about to be an even wealthier man.

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Where does Kyle Lohse go from here?

Kyle Lohse turned down the St. Louis Cardinals' qualifying offer, as expected, ending a decidedly unexpected two-year term as their ace. What's he due in free agency?

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Qualifying offers unanimously shot down in Round 1

In its first year as MLB offseason policy, every would-be free agent rejected his old team's qualifying offer. Why'd that happen?

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Kyle Lohse declines Cards' qualifying offer

The 34-year-old right hander is seeking the stability of a multi-year deal, a commitment the Cardinals appear unwilling to make.

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Okay, maybe Lohse isn't such a bad deal after all

Kyle Lohse has been an offseason punching bag, but Anibal Sanchez's recent contract demands suggest he might not be as overpriced as we thought.

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Is Kyle Lohse the worst FA deal on the market?

Kyle Lohse has become a bit of a punchline early in the 2013 MLB free agency season, thanks to the draft pick he'll require and the years he apparently wants.

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Kyle Lohse among 9 players made qualifying offer

The new qualifying offer system is much simpler than its predecessors, but it was used nearly as sparingly in year one of the MLB free agency season's new system. The St. Louis Cardinals were one of just seven teams to make a qualifying offer of one year and $13.3 million to an impending free agent—to Kyle Lohse, in their case—and the players involved suggest teams are playing this new rule very conservatively, at least for now. (... Except for the New York Yankees, who used it three times.)

The complete list, via MLBTR, starting with the mess of offers in the AL East: The Yankees used it on Nick Swisher, who won't accept, and Rafael Soriano and Hiroki Kuroda, who just might; the Boston Red Sox offered the deal to David Ortiz, and later roughly doubled it for his new contract; and the Tampa Bay Rays announced their intent to collect the draft pick for B.J. Upton.

Outside that division, the Atlanta Braves offered it to Michael Bourn; the Texas Rangers to Josh Hamilton; and the Washington Nationals to Adam LaRoche. Of those three, LaRoche is the only one who could possibly take the deal; everybody else will be costing their new team a first-round draft pick in free agency.

Thus ends, at least for now, the qualifying offer saga of 2012. I look forward to trying to remember what it means again next year, when we'll have a higher number for that one-year deal.

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What a qualifying offer is and why Lohse got one

A look at the new MLB CBA's qualifying offer system, and how it affects 2013 free agents like the St. Louis Cardinals' Kyle Lohse.

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Cards' Kyle Lohse offer is all about draft picks

The St. Louis Cardinals made Kyle Lohse the qualifying offer of one year, $13 million on Friday, but unless the MLB rumor mill dries up he'll command much more than that in free agency.

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Cardinals extend qualifying offer to Kyle Lohse

The Cardinals have extended a $13.3 million qualifying offer to right hander Kyle Lohse, according to a report.

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Kyle Lohse's success could net Cards a draft pick

The St. Louis Cardinals will almost certainly make a qualifying offer to Kyle Lohse, netting a draft pick when he almost certainly doesn't agree to it.

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Comparing Kyle Lohse to other similar pitchers

Kyle Lohse's situation mirrors that of pitchers Mark Buehrle and Esteban Loaiza, and he could be getting a contract similar to those two players this offseason.

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