Detroit Tigers Looking At Free Agent Right-Handed Pitcher Kyle Lohse

Detroit Tigers Looking At Free Agent Right-Handed Pitcher Kyle Lohse

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Detroit Tigers are "eyeing" free agent Kyle Lohse.

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The Detroit Tigers have already had a fair share of health problems with Anibal Sanchez, Daniel Norris and Alex Wilson. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Tigers are "eyeing" free agent right-handed starting pitcher Kyle Lohse to help with pitching depth. 

Kyle Lohse #26 of the Milwaukee Brewers is taken out of the game in the seventh inning by manager Craig Counsell #30 during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 10, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (June 9, 2015 - Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America)

Kyle Lohse #26 of the Milwaukee Brewers is taken out of the game in the seventh inning by manager Craig Counsell #30 during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 10, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(June 9, 2015 - Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America) 

Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann, Sanchez and Mike Pelfrey are projected to be fully healthy by 2016 Opening Day. Norris, who was slated to be the fifth starter, will start the season on the disabled list, manager Brad Ausmus told Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press

The fifth starter once the Opening Day roster is released will be Matt Boyd, Shane Green or maybe Lohse, instead of Norris. At this point, Lohse would serve as a backup plan and probably would ink a minor league deal with the hopes of finding his way back to Major League Baseball. If not Boyd or Green, Tigers top prospect Michael Fulmer could make an appearance. 

Loshe has played for the Minnesota Twins (2001-2006), Cincinnati Reds (2006-2007), Philadelphia Phillies (2007), St. Louis Cardinals (2008-2012) and Milwaukee Brewers (2013-2015) across the 15-year big league career for the veteran. The former student of Butte College is currently a free agent and has yet to find a home for the 2016 season.

Kyle Lohse #26 of the Milwaukee Brewers lays down a bunt in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park on July 06, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (July 5, 2015 - Source: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images North America)

 Kyle Lohse #26 of the Milwaukee Brewers lays down a bunt in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park on July 06, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(July 5, 2015 - Source: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images North America) 

The 37-year-old was drafted in the 29th round of the 1996 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs. He made his debut against Detroit on May 20, 1997. During that outing, Lohse gave up four runs on nine hits and one walk with five strikeouts through 6.1 innings of work. 

Lohse, who has Scott Boras as an agent, owned a 16-3 recrod with a 2.86 ERA, 1.090 WHIP and 3.51 FIP during the 2012 season, also known as the best of 15 years for the righty. He made 33 starts and pitched across 211.0 innings that season. As a matter of fact, between 2011-2014, Lohse had  a 3.28 ERA with the Brewers and Cardinals. The 6-foot-2, 214 pound starter logged a rough 5-13 record with a 5.85 ERA across 152.1 innings for the Brewers last year, but should bounce back in the 2016 season. 

Among 13 games (eight starts) during postseason play, the 37-year-old righty has struggled with a 4.86 ERA, 1.338 WHIP and a 3.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Tigers have a good shot to get into the postseason, so this might be the last time Losche gets a chance at the big league level. 

Kyle Lohse #26 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the top of the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park on June 27, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (June 26, 2014 - Source: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images North America)

Kyle Lohse #26 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the top of the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park on June 27, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(June 26, 2014 - Source: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images North America)

On Wendesday, Lohse held a showcase in the Phoenix Area to try and attract customers, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Will Lohse have a major league home by Opening Day? Only time will tell for Lohse and the Brewers.

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