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Deal Done With Lohse – MLB News And Notes For March 27th

Kyle Lohse - Getty Images
Kyle Lohse – Getty Images

UNDATED (AP) — Kyle Lohse (lohsh) and the Milwaukee Brewers have put the finishing touches on their three-year, $33 million contract. The last big-name free agent to sign with a team, Lohse joins a club that has had a suspect rotation. A year ago with the Cardinals, Lohse was 16-3 with a 2.86 earned run average.

Milwaukee gave up the 17th overall pick in this year’s amateur draft to land Lohse, who made 33 starts last year for the Cardinals, one of Milwaukee’s division rivals in the NL Central.

Elsewhere around spring training;

— Detroit is rounding out its pitching staff. Rick Porcello has earned the No. 5 starter’s job in the Tigers’ rotation, and Drew Smyly will start the season in the bullpen.

— Boston Red Sox right-hander John Lackey has passed another test in his comeback from Tommy John surgery, pitching into the sixth inning against Tampa Bay minor leaguers. Lackey gave up three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings against players from Triple-A Durham.

— The St. Louis Cardinals have placed third baseman David Freese on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. He hopes to return in time for the home opener against the Reds on April 8.

— Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is resigned to starting the season on the disabled list for the first time since 2001. He continues to undergo treatment for his sore left ankle following surgery last October.

—The trade sending outfielder Vernon Wells to the Yankees from the Angels has been completed, with Los Angeles picking up about $28.5 million of the $42 million Wells is owed over the last two years of his contract. In exchange for Wells the Angels are getting minor league outfielder Exircado Cayones and pitching prospect Kramer Sneed.

— Baltimore Orioles infielder Wilson Betemit estimates he’ll be out for six to eight weeks because of a torn ligament in his right knee. He was injured while running the bases in an exhibition game Monday.

— The White Sox put left-hander John Danks has been put on the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from rotator cuff and biceps surgery last August. Danks was 3-4 with a 5.70 ERA in nine starts, all before mid-May.

— Derek Lowe has earned a job with the Texas Rangers and will start the season in the bullpen as a long reliever and spot starter.

— Right-hander Aaron Cook has been released by the Phillies after going 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts and three relief appearances during spring training.

— Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS’-kay maht-soo-ZAH’-kah) and Matt Capps are staying with the Cleveland organization after accepting minor league contracts.

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