Surprised this hasn't been mentioned:
Lohse's best strategyFebruary, 27, 2013FEB 2712:57PM ETBy Jason Catania | ESPN.comAs clubs continue to claim they have no interest, right-hander Kyle Lohse remains a free agent. Spring training games already have begun, so time is running short on Lohse to be ready to go by the start of the 2013 season, especially for a new team.
Most recently, the New York Yankees said they aren't interested, even after Phil Hughescame down with a back injury, and the Texas Rangers reiterated their lack of interest, too.
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post writes that he doesn't expect the Colorado Rockies to be an option, either, despite their ongoing search for starting pitching, while Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that the Brewers aren't discussing Lohse with agent Scott Boras. FoxSports.com's Jon Morosi tweeted recently that thePittsburgh Pirates are another team in the same boat.
Where Lohse lands is still very much up in the air, and it could come down to which contender suffers the first injury to its rotation. At this stage, the waiting game may be Lohse's best option, as he may need a club to get desperate in order to get anything more than a below-market one-year deal. The draft-pick compensation clearly is a factor, and from Lohse's perspective so is the chance to reestablish value if he does settle on a one-year pact.
One outside-the-box idea may be the Miami Marlins, who own a protected first-round pick (since it's in the Top 10) and may feel some pressure to spend a little money after their fire sale earlier this offseason. This type of strategy could lead to the signing team basically purchasing a solid pitcher who would almost definitely have value on the trade market during the summer, especially once injuries and performance issues come into play.
I love the idea of adding a veteran like Lohse, certainly adds some experienced depth at the least.