Joe Strauss - St. Louis Dispatch wrote:JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals moved to address their question-filled starting rotation Thursday by reaching agreement with free agent righthander Kyle Lohse on a one-year, $4.25 million contract, pending Lohse passing a team physical Friday.
Lohse is eligible to make another $100,000 at each of four thresholds: 160, 170, 180 and 200 innings. He also is due $500,000 if traded during the season.
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With Lohse settling for just a 1 year/4.25 million dollar contract instead of 5 years/50 million and Livian Hernandez signing for 1 year/5 million instead of a multi-year deal at 7 million per season, has the signing of Carlos Silva created a slippery slope effect for salaries of other innings eaters? Many fans feared that their GMs would fall for paying mediocre options like Lohse and Hernandez too much money and more importantly, too many few years, to perform as back-end rotation starters who likely will not get hurt but offer minimal upside. It seems like other GMs are starting to wake up and realize the true value of these guys after Hernandez accepted a 1 year contract and Lohse didn't get a contract until spring training after Carlos Silva somehow got Seattle to pay him 48 million over 4 years.