The Baltimore Orioles have made an offer to free agent right-handed pitcher Kyle Lohse, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds have also shown interest in the 37-year-old, who is looking for the "right fit."
The righty could act as insurance for the Tigers due to the history of Anibal Sanchez's shoulder problems or the recent injuries that will hold Daniel Norris out for another month. The Reds, however, could use an extra starter because of their lack of experience in the front of the rotation.
The fastball velocity of Lohse has dropped over the past three seasons and it fell to 89 miles per hour, an all-time low, in the 2015 season.
The Orioles, who are the only team to have made an offer to Lohse, are off to an amazing start after a lot of question marks popped up concerning the rotation this offseason. Nevertheless, Baltimore has struggled to send starters deep into the game, which puts a lot of work on the shoulders of the bullpen pitchers.
If Lohse does not find his way off the market sooner than later, he might end up being a long-reliever or a swing man with the Tigers, Reds or Orioles.
The 29th round pick in the 1996 MLB Draft has played for the Minnesota Twins (2001-2006), Reds (2006), Philadelphia Phillies (2007), St. Louis Cardinals (2008-2012) and Milwaukee Brewers (2013-2015) across his 15-year career. Lohse boasts a 147-141 record with a 4.37 ERA across his time in the majors.
Lohse had his best season in 2012 with the Cardinals. The right-handed pitcher went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA across 211.0 innings (33 games). Lohse logged a 3.51 FIP, a 1.090 WHIP and finished seventh in National League Cy Young voting.
Last season, however, the 6-foot-2, 214 pound pitcher posted a 5.58 ERA and a 108-to-43 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 152.1 innings. Regardless of his past, Lohse will add veteran rotational depth.
Lohse will be looking to contend, so the Tigers and Orioles might be the best options even though the Reds would be able to give the 37-year-old the best chance to rejuvenate his career.