According to Jon Heyman, the Tigers, Orioles, Rangers, and Reds all attended a showcase for Kyle Lohse. From 2011-2014, Lohse was a highly dependable starting pitcher. He threw at least 188.1 innings in that time span, and never had an ERA higher than 3.54, or an FIP above 4.08. However that streak came crashing down in 2015 as he managed just 152.1 innings, and posted an ERA of 5.85, and an FIP of 5.12.
It's unclear how well Lohse pitched at his showcase, but at the very least, the Tigers seem interested.
Tigers r very relieved anibal sanchez looked so good Monday. But they are emphasizing depth and have been eying kyle lohse— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 24, 2016
In Sanchez's first start this spring, he went four innings, struck out three, walked one, and didn't allow a hit. That's obviously great news for Detroit, but they still might want to add depth to their starting rotation; especially given the recent news that Daniel Norris won't be ready for opening day.
That means that the Tigers' starting five will look like Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann, Anibal Sanchez, Mike Pelfrey, and Matt Boyd or Shane Greene. Both Boyd and Greene have pitched well this spring, and either one could take that fifth spot, but even then, adding Loshe wouldn't be a bad idea. Having more depth is always better than the alternative, and it wouldn't cost much money to secure his services.