Brewers add veteran pitcher Kyle Lohse

CREATED Mar 25, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers have added a pitcher to their roster, signing him to a three-year-contract.

“Kyle is coming off two very good years, and his experience and competitiveness will be welcomed by the club,” said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin. “This signing makes us a better club today than we were yesterday.”

"Lohse, who will continue to wear uniform number 26, owns a career record of 118-109 with a 4.45 ERA in 355 games (331 starts) over 12 Major League seasons with Minnesota (2001-06), Cincinnati (2006-07), Philadelphia (2007) and St. Louis (2008-12)." said the team.

Journal Sentinel beat writer and Newsradio 620 WTMJ "Brewers 360" contributor Tom Haudricourt says the three-year deal would pay him $11 million a year.

Lohse can reportedly make up to another $1 million over the lifetime of the deal in performance bonuses.

"This is a sign that the Brewers are not happy with how their starting pitching has unfolded this spring. When Lohse would be ready to pitch is another matter," said Haudricourt. "He has been pitching simulated games but that's not the same as major-league exhibitions."

Lohse, 34, went 16-3 with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012, and is a 12-year veteran.

The deal is pending a physical exam.

You can hear Lohse make his Milwaukee radio debut on March 25 at 6:00 p.m. on Newsradio 620 WTMJ.