Free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse signed a three-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers worth $33 million on Monday.
The 34-year-old joined the Brewers exactly a week before they’re set to open the season at home against Colorado.
Lohse enjoyed his best season in the majors last year, going 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and helping the St. Louis Cardinals earn an NL wild-card spot.
Lohse is 118-109 lifetime with a 4.45 ERA over 12 seasons with Minnesota, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and St. Louis.
INDIANS: Scott Kazmir’s comeback has swerved into Cleveland’s rotation.
Kazmir, a two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay who hasn’t pitched in the majors in almost two years, was chosen as the Indians’ No. 5 starter Monday.
Kazmir pitched for the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters in the independent Atlantic League last season. After signing a minor league free agent contract with the Indians on Jan. 8, the left-hander outpitched a group that included Daisuke Matsuzaka to make the starting staff.
The 29-year-old went 9-15 with the Los Angeles Angels in 2010 and made one start in 2011 before he was placed on the disabled list and released two months later.
In six appearances this spring, Kazmir allowed eight runs and 29 hits in 21 innings. However, five runs and 13 hits came against Seattle in his most recent outing.
BLUE JAYS: Third baseman Brett Lawrie will start the season on the disabled list because of a strained rib.
PADRES: Edinson Volquez will start on opening day for San Diego for the third year in a row.
OBITUARY: Virgil “Fire” Trucks, who threw two no-hitters for the Detroit Tigers in an otherwise dreadful 1952 season and was the last visiting pitcher to toss a complete-game no-hitter at Yankee Stadium, died Saturday. He was 95.
The two-time All-Star pitched in the major leagues from 1941-58, helping the Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World Series.