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Cardinals Shopping Lohse

The St. Paul Pioneer Express is reporting the Cardinals may be waving the proverbial white flag in offering Kyle Lohse as trade bait in exchange for prospects. While they are only 4 games out of first place in the NL Central, Lohse will be demanding a big contract for next season. This seems a little premature and a slap in the face to fans to trade the team's best pitcher this season while still in the playoff hunt because they expect that he will command too much money as a free agent. After picking him up off the scrap heap before the season started, giving him away now would negate all the positives that came with that outstanding move. However, if Lohse could command multiple top-tier prospects and a capable starter to finish the regular season, this entire paragraph should be disregarded.